It seems that on a weekly basis we hear negative (and often downright ignorant) claims around the validity of a paleo or ancestral diet. From “top health experts” calling the paleo diet unmaintainable, to the dietitian down the street deeming it nutritionally imbalanced, it seems that around every corner is another “expert” criticizing this lifestyle. Recently, US News and World Report established a panel of experts to examine the most popular current diets and ranked paleo as the worst.
This report reviewed 32 diets of 2014 and gave each a scorecard based on eight categories including overall effectiveness, long term weight loss, short term weight loss, ease to follow, nutrition, safety, and diabetes and heart disease. The expert panel behind this report was composed of 22 health professionals including dietitians, medical doctors, pediatricians, cardiologists, scientists, and even a psychologist. Some of the diets reviewed in this report included Weight Watchers, Slim Fast, Jenny Craig, and even the Biggest Loser diet, all of which were ranked higher than the paleo diet.