Paleo Diet May Have Positive Effects On Metabolic Syndrome

The paleo diet is an often discussed diet with clients and outside of the studio. Trial research has been looking quite favorable on the “paleo diet”. A recent study is looking at the effects of the diet on people with metabolic syndrome.

For those who don’t know what the metabolic syndrome is here is a quote from the mayo clinic:

Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions — increased blood pressure, a high blood sugar level, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels — that occur together, increasing your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Considering that more than 25% of the adult american population suffers in some form from the metabolic syndrome, this is a major issue.

The study done was a pilot study done on 32 individuals. 18 were assigned to the paleo group, 14 to the control group. The small number of people participating and the setting of the study should already warn us that this study does not provide conclusive, final results but a peek into what should be explored further.

Both groups ate 2080 kcal/day. The paleo group increased the amount of eggs eaten but did not have dairy, grains or legumes.

The results of this study were impressive: The paleo group consumed about 24% protein (vs 18%), 34% carbohydrates (vs. 53%) and 41% fat (vs 29%). The researchers goal was to avoid weight loss. Seven people in the paleo group needed to eat additional snacks versus 2 in the control group to avoid weight loss.

The paleo group outperformed the non-paleo group in just two weeks tremendously in all measured parameters: BW loss, reduction of systolic & diastolic BP, total cholesterol, triglycerides, increase in HDL, and improvement of metabolic syndrome.


A diet is only as good as its sustainability. If you are not able to maintain it you are not going to be successful in the long run. The results in this pilot study are highly promising and show a lot of potential. The paleo diet has been extremely successful with clients that we have successfully employed it with in regards to weight loss and improvement of their metabolic syndrome. Do we recommend it to everyone? No, even not the people who have metabolic syndrome. Eating is more than choosing what we put in our mouth. A lot of emotional attachments play a role and what works for one person does not work for another.

Our recommendations are individualized but in general will lead to a minimally processed foods diet / paleo-esk diet in the long run if it is doable and sustainable for our client.

Have an awesome day,


Ressource: Can the paleo diet make metabolic syndrome ancient history? Favourable effects  of consuming a Palaeolithic-type diet on characteristics of the metabolic syndrome: a randomized controlled pilot-study.

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