'Natural' diet still puts on calories

Michael Hodgkinson from High Energy Gym.
Michael Hodgkinson from High Energy Gym. Michaela Harlow

EATING like a caveman seems to be the most popular diet on everyone's lips but does it really work?

The diet regime, more commonly known as paleo, encourages its followers to eat food in its most natural state.

Mackay Hi Energy Gym owner Michael Hodgkinson said that some of the diet practices, like juicing fruits and vegetables, cuts out the nutrients from food.

"The problem with juicing is that it takes several apples, or oranges, or whatever you're juicing to fill up a glass and that can have a very high calorie content in a small amount of liquid," Mr Hodgkinson said.

"Juicers pull through the fruit at such high speeds and depending on the quality of the machine, it can remove the quality of what you're juicing."

The diet is all about getting back to the roots of the caveman diet, focussing on hunting and gathering food and eating lean meats, nuts, fruit and vegetables in their most natural state.

Dairy, grains and processed foods are off limits.

"When I first started (working as a personal trainer) I kept abreast with what the latest diets were ... but now it's just impractical to try and keep up because it's just hashing up something new out of something old."

The personal trainer hoped an increase in people attending gyms, boot camps and outdoor training sessions would influence others to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

The latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics revealed waistlines were getting bigger. As history would suggest, it's only a matter of time until the next diet craze begins.


Health Facts

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics:

  • 63% of people are now classified as overweight or obese
  • 25% of children are overweight or obese

Have you ever tried to diet?

This poll ended on 05 October 2013.

Current Results

Yes, I have tried paleo


Yes, I have tried another type of diet


No, I don't diet, I just eat healthy food


No, I eat whatever I like


This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

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