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What Is the Paleo Diet? | Men’s Health

October 7, 2012

Mullins is 40 years old, slim, and obviously fit. He’s been collecting spear points, arrowheads, and other ancient tools since he was a teenager. His home in Colorado Springs houses one of the world’s largest private collections of artifacts from the Ice Age, a period that ended about 10,000 years ago. He’s spent his life working to piece together the story of the people who once populated our hemisphere.

And yet I’m surprised to learn that Mullins is a recent convert to the paleo diet, a system of eating that’s based on foods that would have been available to our ancient ancestors before the invention of agriculture.

“I just went to what I thought these people ate,” he tells me, adding that in the 2 years since he and his wife, Marisa, made the switch, he’s lost 70 pounds. So now he might be too much of a lightweight to tackle a ton of raging bison.

But the surprise isn’t so much that Mullins follows the ancestral diet but that he waited so long to go paleo.

EVOLUTION OF A DIET

The name “paleo diet” was coined by Loren Cordain, Ph.D., a professor of health and exercise science at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where I meet with him the day after I met with Mullins. Cordain shows me a wall of file cabinets packed with studies on various aspects of the diet, which today goes by many names, from “caveman diet” to “ancestral nutrition” (the preferred generic) to “evolutionary nutrition” #a term used in some published research#. They all describe the same concept.

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