Ah, yes. US news and world reports ranks the Paleo Diet and it's near the bottom on of the list in 2014.
Here's my response, in photos: You make the call for yourself. Thinking for yourself is key:
The details: Dec 2008
Weight Watchers, counting points, counting calories, chronic cardio, eating "healthy whole grains", a LOT of SELF BLAME- I must be so weak!, emotional eating, mini- binges on Skinny Cow Ice cream, huge containers of 100 calorie snack packs, Lab work: hs-CRP = 6.8, steadily rising Hemoglobin A1C, per-menopause, BMI was about 35, Weight = 180ish, a lot of joint pain, migraines monthly, very tired all the time, sleep is short maybe 6 hrs night, hard to get up in the morning, self loathing through the roof. The only reason I have this photo is that someone sent it to me because I hated myself so much that I deleted my copy.
The details: Dec 2013
Paleo-ish template, quality grass-fed meat, veggies, and plant based fats , some coffee and 85 % chocolate, occasionally counting carbs, long slower walks, twice a week strength training, abstaining from grains and most processed sugar, in long term remission from emotional/binge eating, Lab work: hs-CRP 0.4, Hemoglobin A1c no longer trending high, post menopause, BMI = around 22, weight around 117 ish, zero joint pain, zero migraines, sleep is longer 7.5- 8 hours, wake up feeling great, love myself a lot- I am so strong and awesome!, I have lots of photos and delete none.
I don't know.... what life should I choose for myself? How bad can real, whole natural food be? Really. Just how hard can it be? I can tell you Dec 2008 was hard. Dec 2013 is relatively easy. Relatively, because long term weight maintenance does take effort.
Be sure to keep trying and working a looking for what works for you when you read these reports. We are stronger together. And, I wake up every morning giving thanks to my higher power that I survived the low-fat, high carbohydrate phase. Onward. Share my story if you think someone in your life could benefit!
Stepping off the soap box now....