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Stone Age Diet

The low carbohydrate Stone Age Diet was first introduced to the public in the book “Eat Fat and Grow Slim”, by Dr Mackarness. Original publications were in 1958 and 1961, then a revised edition appeared in 1975.

The originator of this low carb diet ran the first obesity and food allergy clinic in Britain. Dr Mackarness’ observations were made from the clinic, as well as other worldwide medical evidence regarding eating habits.

“Eat Fat and Grow Slim” argues that weight gain can be attributed to the body’s inability to break down carbohydrates effectively. Dietary problems began with the introduction of agriculture, leading to the conclusion that low carb diets are better.

Within the Stone Age Diet, healthy fat intake is encouraged, while sugars must be removed from the diet. Required protein is available in the forms of fresh meats, fish and poultry. Grains and dairy are also considered taboo, theories that are echoed in the more recent “Neanderthin” low carb diet plan.

Fruits and vegetables are considered “natural” or “original” foods, similar to meats. The high levels of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants found in fruit and vegetables are required for a naturally healthy diet. Nuts and legumes can also give necessary vegetable proteins, however, modern processing techniques have introduced unhealthy levels of sodium.

This low carbohydrate diet also includes arguments for and against exercise. Dr Mackarness leaves the decision for exercise up to the individual low carb diet follower.

Neanderthin Diet

After suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for several years, Ray Audette was diagnosed with diabetes. This diagnosis started Ray on the path to investigating how dieting could improve his health. The result of his investigations were published in 1999, in the low carb diet plan book, “Neanderthin”.

Ray Audette’s studies showed that agricultural societies had more cases of illness and disease than the low carb diet of hunter-gatherer societies. He concluded that hunter-gatherers had a healthier, natural diet.

To test his conclusion, Ray modified his own diet to closely mirror that of a hunter-gatherer. The foods allowed in this low carbohydrate diet plan, are those that you could theoretically hunt or gather yourself. “Neanderthin”, the Paleolithic Diet, was a success for Ray.

For best results, this plan needs to be strictly followed over a lifetime. The Neanderthin low carb diet plan forbids foods that are products of a technological or agricultural society. The foods included in the forbidden category are grains and beans, potatoes, dairy products and sugars.

Hunter-gatherers never grew crops, but instead relied upon the naturally growing fruits, vegetables, berries and nuts in the areas visited on their nomadic journeys. These journeys were often dictated by herd movement, as meat was the main food source.

To follow the low carb Neanderthin diet, only eat the foods that were available to the early hunter-gatherers. These foods are meats and fish, fruits and vegetables, and nuts and berries. Two more rules to remember when following this low carbohydrate diet – don’t count calories or fats, and eat only when you’re hungry, stopping when full.

Your Fat Can Make You Thin Diet

Dr Calvin Ezran has spent most of his medical career working in fields relating to diabetes, insulin and the pituitary gland. His research into diabetic diets has lent more proof to the theory that excess insulin created by carbohydrates is extremely harmful.

The low carb diet “Your Fat Can Make You Thin” is also known as the “Insulin Control Diet”. Dr Ezran has recently co-authored two books about this diet with Kristin Caron: “Your Fat Can Make You Thin” and “The Type 2 Diabetes Diet Book: The Insulin Control Diet: Your Fat Can Make You Thin”.

“Your Fat Can Make You Thin” places strong emphasis insulin control. This is a low calorie, low carbohydrate diet plan, that is aimed to place your body into ketosis. Unique to may low carb diet books is the theory that serotonin has a big place in weight control.

The diet plan involves a low carb, limited fat, and adequate protein intake. Also required are some prescription drug and aerobic exercise recommendations.