The Paleo Diet vs. Other Diets

You may have heard a little bit about the drama surrounding a recent US News World Report article identifying Paleo as their last place diet (out of 20) and giving it only two stars out of five. The health experts noted that the diet has only been tested in one small study and that most of its benefits are unclear. Basically the experts make it sound as if Paleo is a giant, protein-filled mystery.

You knew the Paleo community wouldn’t take that sitting down, right? Loren Cordain issued a comprehensive rebuttal using several scientific studies, also detailing erroneous logic seen in the US News and World Report article. Robb Wolf is writing a formal request to US News for an opportunity to address the issue in a future publication.

Also worth noting:

Beneath each diet in the US News article, there is a “does this diet work for you?” button. Paleo has far and away the most “yes” responses with over 3700 and only 111 “no” votes. By comparison, the first place DASH diet has 112 yes votes (with 589 negative votes). No other diet has even 2500 yes responses.

We know that the Paleo diet reduces inflammation, improves digestive health, aids in weight loss, and promotes thyroid and hormone health. How has the Paleo diet helped you?


  1. Well, I read this and had to make a comment. I often thought this was not a diet, so much as it was a Lifestyle change. Loosing weight was a bonus to the program. I’m not going to starve myself like some diets do, and I’m sure as hell, not going to eat only veggies and expect the same level of nutrition. I know for a fact that this way of eating is a miracle. I was going to post this is the testimonials, but it deserves to be here when people read this article – 3 weeks ago I posted in another thread that I was starting this way of eating at 301 pounds. Today I can tell you – I weigh 274. I cannot tell you how I feel right now – its just short of totally awesome! I have implemented an exercise program – haven’t touched a cup of coffee for 2 weeks – cant believe the taste of foods I thought were good before – I’m even seeing my mustache and beard change from gray to red again. Granted the gray hair thing is really tiny amounts of hair, but the point is – its changing. I will defend the Paleo Lifestyle – cause its just that – Life through nutrition – no rebounds – no mood swings – just Life through nutrition.

    1. Bill! This is a fantastic testimonial! Thank you so much for sharing and keep up the amazing work. Do you mind if we post this under your name in the testimonials section, too?

  2. I have since read the U.S. News report on the Top 20 diets. I agree with Bill. It is a lifestyle. I have been experimenting with the Paleo lifestyle for about 8 months now. I’m down 47 pounds and feel healthier than I have in a very long time. I notice that when I stray from the proper eating habits of the Paleo diet that I am more sluggish, bloated and seem to perform poorly on my Crossfit Workouts.

    So needless to say, the article got my blood boiling just a little. Intersestingly enough, I tried to voice my opinion as to whether or not the Paleo Diet worked for me and the button would not record my “yes” vote. I tried it again, to no avail. I did see a “no” vote pop up just a few seconds later though. That might explain the higher number of no votes that we see now. Makes me wonder…..

  3. Sorry for the delayed response – to answer your question – you bet you can post whatever you want from me, anywhere you want to. I wouldn’t have posted if I wanted it private – :-). Thanks you for your continued efforts in the menu and shopping plan!! Its been a total Godsend for sure!

  4. Interesting. I just tried to vote yes for Paleo and it didn’t “stick.” I’m pretty new to this diet but have lost 12 pounds in one month and love the Paleo way of eating.

  5. When I was 18 I had this thing called gastroparesis and had to have a pyloroplasty I don’t have a gallbladder or appendix.Since then I exercise regularly a lot but I’ve only been at 190 pounds I’m 5’7 and would love weigh 165 lesson that the problem is that when I diet my body doesn’t get enough nutrition because what I eat go through me . Would this diet help? I’m constantly hungry I do kick boxing and Caint drop any weight help ?

    1. Amber – Yes, there are a lot of people without a gallbladder that do very well on Paleo. However, I would try it with the help of a Paleo nutritionist. You can find one on in your area, or work with someone over the phone/skype.

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