The Paleo Diet

For those who have been living under a rock: the Paleo diet, also known as the Cave Man diet, is based on the rather obvious notion that for all but the last 10,000 years or so, humans did not eat a lot of grains and got nearly all of their calories from fresh and unprocessed sources: meats, fish, fruits, nuts, and non-starchy vegetables. (Sources that, for the most part, have a naturally low glycemic index.)

The largest argument against the Paleo diet is its high use of meats and fish, especially red meat, as major calorie sources which means with a world population of 7 billion only a relative few can be supported with the resources it takes to raise the meat this regime requires. The other major argument against the Paleo diet as it's usually presented: persons with certain disease issues may not be able to tolerate all that protein. Nora Gedgaudas addresses this in her book Primal Body, Primal Mind, recommending protein intake be limited to the RDA of the individual's ideal body weight (.8 grams per kilogram of ideal body weight). Consuming less than the daily RDA of protein runs the risk of metabolizing body protein sources for fuel - including heart muscle.

Here are a couple handy converters and calculators.



Note: 1 inch = 2.54 cm



Note: 1 lb = 2.2 kg

Get your Protein RDA

Ideal Weight in kg.
g. protein per day

BMI Calculator
Enter your weight in kilograms and your height in centimeters in the form below and press the "Let's see" button (Please read disclaimer below before using this form)

Your weight (kg) Your height (cm) Your BMI Your 'Ideal' weight

A good BMI is, in theory, around 21-22.

Disclaimer: This form is based on the calculation of "Body Mass Index" . Information in this form may not be accurate and is not designed or intended to serve as medical advice. The information here will not be accurate for persons with high muscle mass such as athletes. I am not liable for any physical or psychological damages suffered as a result of using this script.

Approximate Protein Content

Beef, burger 4 oz. patty 26 g
Beef, Corned 3 oz. 26 g
Beef, Ground (10% fat) 3 oz. 24 g
Beef, Ground (15% fat) 3 oz. 23 g
Beef, Roast 3 oz. 28 g
Cheese (aged cheddar) 1 oz (one slice) 7 g
Cheese (feta) 3 oz. 12 g
Chicken breast 3 oz. 25 g
Chicken, Roast 3 oz. 25 g
Duck (roasted) 3 oz. 24 g
Egg (medium) 1 whole egg 6 g
Fish 3 oz. 21 g
Ham 3 oz. 18 g
Liver 3 oz. 23 g
Lobster 3 oz. 17 g
Meats (average) 3 oz. 25 g
Sausage 3 oz. 12 g
Shrimp 3 oz. 18-21 g
Spareribs (lean) 3 oz. 22 g
Steak, Sirloin 3 oz. 24 g
Tuna 3 oz. 22 g
Turkey 3 oz. 25 g
Turkey Burger 4 oz. patty 19 g
Yogurt (whole milk) 8 oz. 7 g

Approximate Protein Content
in Incomplete/Plant Sources

Almonds 1/4 cup 7.5 g
Beans, Black 1/4 cup 4.5 g
Beans, Garbanzo 1/4 cup 4 g
Beans, Pinto 1/4 cup 3.5 g
Broccoli 1/2 cup 2.5-3 g
Cashews 1/4 cup 5 g
Coconut milk 1 cup 6 g
Lentils 1/2 cup 9 g
Nuts (Brazil, walnuts, etc.) 1/4 cup 5 g
Oatmeal 1 cup 6 g
Peanut Butter 2 tbs. 8 g
Peanuts 1/4 cup 9.5 g
Pine Nuts 1/4 cup 7.5 g
Quinoa 1/2 cup 4.5 g
Rice, Brown 1/2 cup 2.5 g
Spinach 1/2 cup 2.5 g
Sunflower Seeds 1/4 cup 6.5 g
Tabouli 3 oz. 3 g

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