Paleo Macronutrient Ratio
"Nell, I'm a bit concerned about the amount of fat in The Paleo Diet. I've always followed a low-fat diet, and for some reason, I cannot seem to lose weight. Wouldn't eating more fat make me even heavier?"
A valid, and quite common concern.
The answer- NO.
Fat, in and of itself does not make someone fat. Calories in versus calories out is a simple equation which determines whether someone will lose weight, gain weight or maintain their weight.
The macronutrient ratio of The Paleo Diet is akin to what our ancestors ate: 19-35% PRO, 28 – 47% FAT, 22 – 40% CHO. Eating this way, with FOOD (AKA nothing processed, just tons of veg, fruit, healthy fat and lean meats) promotes health. Period.
The current USA Values are 15% PRO, 34% FAT, 49% CHO. Eating this way (keeping in mind that most people's carb intake nowadays is coming from processed 'junk', including dairy, legumes, grains and sugar) promotes disease. Period.
Give it a try. If you follow The Paleo Diet properly, I'd be incredibly surprised if you didn't begin to lose the excess weight you're carrying!