A low-carb Paleo-style diet is the optimal eating plan for natural weight loss, good health and longevity, according to CJ Hunt, an investigative journalist turned health advocate.
Hunt, executive producer of the hit 2013 documentary, “The Perfect Human Diet,” said we can eradicate the obesity epidemic by embracing the original Paleo diet that helped humans evolve over millions of years.
Hunt drew his conclusions after speaking with anthropologists and evolutionary biology experts who conducted bone and fecal analyses on early human fossils to identify what they ate. These data showed ancient humans ate primarily animal foods, such as large game meat and plants.
“As a species, we’ve gone way off-track,” Hunt told Examiner. “Scientifically, a diet emphasizing whole cuts of meat, wild plants and nuts, and eliminating grains, dairy, beans and potatoes is the perfect human diet.”
Analyses of 50,000-year-old fossilized fecal samples published in the scientific journal PLoS ONE indicate Neanderthals ate mostly meat, as evidenced by coprostanol ratios in their excrement. Ancient man also some plants, as suggested by the presence of 5β-stigmastanol, and obviously no gluten, grains or processed junk foods.
In the new companion book, called “The Perfect Human Diet,” Hunt set out to find the solution to obesity and chronic disease, and his findings were shockingly clear: A low-carb Paleo-based diet is the secret to natural weight loss, longevity, and disease prevention.
Being overweight and sickly is not natural, said Hunt. Humans were meant to be physically fit and robust for much of their lives and not be addled with chronic disease starting from midlife or earlier. It is only when people started eating grains and industrialized junk food that the tsunami of obesity, diabetes and heart disease became the norm.
Since the introduction of grains and the proliferation of the current USDA food pyramid that pushes a diet high in grains and low in fat, our brains have been shrinking and our mental and emotional well-being is suffering the most. We are unable to handle everyday life emotionally and mentally.”
While the idea that caveman lived only to age 30 is popular, Hunt said Paleolithic people routinely enjoyed healthy 70-year lifespans, as long as they survived childbirth, early infancy and didn’t die from an animal attack or infection.
The myth that cavemen all died at age 30 came from averaging their “typical” lifespan with the numerous premature deaths of Paleolithic women during childbirth; the routine early demise of children during infancy from infection; and deaths from animal attacks during hunting.
Hunt said the purpose of his book, “The Perfect Human Diet,” is to educate people about the importance of eating well so we can take control of our own health. To those who call the Paleo diet a fad, CJ quips: “If this is a fad diet, then it’s a two-million-year-old fad.”