Health Buzz: Paleo Diet May Cause Weight Gain and Boost Blood Sugar, Study Suggests

Another fad diet controversy is upon us. This time it’s the Paleo Diet. If we’ve learned one thing, it’s that fad diets do not work. The best way to lose fat and keep it off is to make healthy food choices that balance your hormones – AND to specifically target body fat using natural foods that help the body burn fat.

The following US News & World Report article details a recent study involving the Paleo Diet (Click the link or see the full text below):

Health Buzz: Paleo Diet May Cause Weight Gain and Boost Blood Sugar, Study Suggests


Mice became fatter and glucose-intolerant on low-carb, high-fat diet.

Mice shouldn’t eat like cavemen and maybe humans shouldn’t either, according to a study from Australia published online last week in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes. Lab animals who were fed low-carb, high-fat foods – like those featured in the Paleo Diet – gained 15 percent of their body weight within two months, found researcher Sof Andrikopoulos​ and colleagues at the University of Melbourne.

Study mice on the Paleo-type diet showed increased glucose intolerance, which is considered a forerunner to diabetes. A comparison group of overweight mice who followed their regular rodent-chow diets did not develop rapid weight gain or glucose intolerance.

Experts note that interventions in animal studies may not produce the same results in humans.

The Paleo philosophy maintains that eating animal protein and plants, like the hunter-gatherers of the Paleolithic era, is healthier than filling up on processed foods or relying on low-carb regimens. But the researchers wanted to see if evidence supports claims that a meaty, Paleo-type diet promotes weight loss and may help prevent or control Type 2 diabetes and heart disease.

“Our results do not support the recommendation of a​ [low-carb, high-fat diet] for use in prediabetes; rather interventions aimed specifically at reducing obesity and improving insulin sensitivity should be pursued,” the researchers concluded.