Former triathlete Mark Sisson has the ripped physique of a man half his age, thanks to a gluten-free, low-carb Paleo diet that he says is not only the fountain of youth, but the key to successful weight loss and optimal health, Celebrity Health Fitness reported.
Sisson, author of the best-selling fitness book, The Primal Blueprint, says the Paleolithic (or “Primal”) diet has made him fitter, stronger, and healthier in every way.
“The arthritis that I had in my fingers, that I thought was just a normal artifact of being in my forties, went away,” Sisson, 62, told NBC News.
Lingering sinus issues that I had during hay-fever season–they went away. I stopped getting colds and flus almost entirely.”
The Paleo eating plan emphasizes a diet high in high-quality animal protein, fats (including healthy saturated fats), vegetables and fruits, and excludes sugar, grains, and processed foods.
The exercise program in Sisson’s Primal Blueprint is easy and do-able because it doesn’t advocate hours of intense daily cardio workouts or regimented training.
Mark, a former professional marathoner and triathlete, says giving up on the endless hours of daily cardio workouts and grain-centric eating has helped him achieve his enviable physique, he wrote in his book Primal Endurance.
Sisson says eliminating grains and sugar is crucial for good health, and the current U.S. government dietary guidelines that emphasize grains are contributing to the alarming epidemic of obesity, disease, and diabetes sweeping the nation.
By themselves, grains are just beige blob that don’t taste that great. They’re just a cheap source of calories that converts to glucose. Gluten is poison.”
The Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today, and has a large celebrity following, including Tim McGraw, Megan Fox, Jessica Biel, and Kellan Lutz.
Research suggests the Paleo diet accelerates weight loss, reduces blood pressure, and prevents cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer’s. A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates the Paleo diet is twice as effective as other diets for promoting weight loss and reducing belly fat.
“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said professor Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes and The Real Paleo Diet Cookbook.
Holistic health expert Chris Kresser, author of Your Personal Paleo Code, said Paleo isn’t a fad diet because the emphasis is not on calorie restriction, and it provides a healthy balance of protein, vegetables and high-quality fats.
What’s more, Kresser said you can customize the Paleo diet to suit your lifestyle and genetic blueprint. The best part is, you don’t count calories and don’t feel deprived because your body is getting all the nutrition it needs to thrive.