The New Caveman Diet

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Is this the latest regurgitation of the Atkins/Southbeach type diet fad? Or are we finally de-volving?

via NY Times

Mr. Durant, 26, who works in online advertising, is part of a small New York subculture whose members seek good health through a selective return to the habits of their Paleolithic ancestors.

Or as he and some of his friends describe themselves, they are cavemen.

The caveman lifestyle, in Mr. Durant’s interpretation, involves eating large quantities of meat and then fasting between meals to approximate the lean times that his distant ancestors faced between hunts. Vegetables and fruit are fine, but he avoids foods like bread that were unavailable before the invention of agriculture. Mr. Durant believes the human body evolved for a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, and his goal is to wean himself off what he sees as many millenniums of bad habits.

These urban cavemen also choose exercise routines focused on sprinting and jumping, to replicate how a prehistoric person might have fled from a mastodon.

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  • Synapse

    It's not the worst diet I've ever heard of. The only problem might be that the “caveman diet” might only be ideal for living a “fight or flight” lifestyle (i.e. alone, in the woods, as a hermit). What if you work in front of a computer all day (as cavemen were not really intended for learning and education or sedentary lives)? Will this help or hurt you? What if the diet only works well with the assumption that a saber tooth tiger would murder you in your sleep before 35?

    Like I said, not the worst ever, but it makes more than a few assumptions.

  • I H Calam

    If anyone finds this (or the cranial capacity of early hominids) remotely interesting you should read 'Born To Run' from Christopher McDougal.

  • http://www.myspace.com/santosramos Fabian_Ramos

    lets hope the future is bright and it doesnt become a survival of the fittest scenario, it will be okay to be slow and uneducated in some kind of art.

  • santosfabian

    lets hope the future is bright and it doesnt become a survival of the fittest scenario, it will be okay to be slow and uneducated in some kind of art.

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