Paleo Diet VS Clean Eating. What Is The Difference?

Paleo Diet VS Clean Eating

If you are like me, you are always looking for new, improved, healthier way of eating. I’ve been eating clean for quite a while and I’ve heard a lot about Paleo Diet but never compared two of them.

In this article, I will compare Paleo Diet vs Clean Eating and give you some pros and cons of each one.

What Is The Paleo Diet?

The Paleo Diet also called the caveman diet, the types of food that a caveman could hunt or gather. This diet received a huge attention over the past few years. There are tons of cookbooks and blogs dedicated to it.

The goal of the diet is to return to a very basic, healthy way of eating as people did in the Paleolithic Era before farming practices came into existence. One of the first keys to the diet is higher protein intake. The next principal is sufficient carb restriction, it eliminates all grains, legumes and dairy products.

The next principle of this diet is moderate to higher fat intake, Paleo approach includes high levels of healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats. Paleo is also a good choice for those of you who are allergic to gluten and/ or lactose.

Now understanding the principles of this diet, you know what you can or can not eat. But let’s go through it one more time.

You can eat meats, fish, seafood, fresh fruits, and vegetables (try to eat more vegetables than fruits, since some fruits are very high in carbs), eggs, nuts, seeds and healthy oils (Olive, avocado, coconut, grapeseed, flaxseed).

You can’t eat rice, wheat, corn, and cereal grains, beans, and legumes (including peanuts and peanut butter), dairy, potatoes, processed foods and refined oils like canola.

The Paleo Diet is not for everyone and this is where Clean Eating comes in. Paleo is a form of Clean Eating, but you can also eat clean without being on Paleo.

Clean Eating

Clean eating is about eating whole foods, or natural foods — those that are un- or minimally processed and refined making them as close to their natural form as possible. It’s basically elimination of trans and saturated fats and refined grains.

Clean foods are free of preservatives, additives, colors, sugars, and artificial sweeteners. It involves eating mainly vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs, meat, poultry, and seafood. Legumes, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products are allowed too. Moderate amounts of dark chocolate, red wine and unrefined sweeteners (like honey and maple syrup) are also allowed.

Many find clean eating to be a less restrictive and more natural lifestyle. In addition, necessary nutrients such as B vitamins are obtained through whole grains. Beans, especially black beans, contain healthy doses of minerals such as magnesium.

Eating fresh vegetables is a major part of clean eating and there are many veggies that contain a high amount of fiber, so you shouldn’t feel hungry. It’s also important to note that eating clean doesn’t give you free rein to eat endless quantities. They may be healthy, but they still have calories!

Clean eating is about keeping your body clean in every aspect, allowing it to help your body become as healthy and strong as possible. Water is vital for your body and impacts more of your health than you may think. It can flush out toxins and other harmful waste in the body, decrease joint pain and enhance and maintain healthy muscles.

Clean eating changes the way you eat it’s more of a lifestyle than a diet.

What they have in common?

Clean eating and the paleo diet have a lot in common but have a few key differences. Sometimes it can get confusing to explain the difference, so I made this infographic for you.

Paleo diet vs clean eating


Which Diet Is Best For Weight Loss?

Both clean and paleo are not necessarily going to make you lose weight. Paleo and clean eating are a style of eating. One that improves your physical and mental health. However, a calorie deficit is the only way to trigger weight loss. Even if you are following the Paleo Diet, but consuming more calories than your body needs, you will not lose weight.

The real key to safe and successful weight loss is to adopt a healthy lifestyle that suits your individual needs and that you can maintain for life. It’s not gonna be easy to completely change your eating habits but it’s so worth it!

In general, a diet that consists of a variety of meat and vegetables, nuts and seeds, some fruit, little starch, and no sugar, with intake at levels that will support exercise but not body fat, is ideal.

The Bottom Line

There are many ways to lose weight, finding a healthy eating and exercise plan that fits you be the best way to ensure successful, long-term weight loss. Any diet requires commitment and self-discipline. If you can’t commit to all the suggestions in this article, try starting with just a few that you think will work for you.

They’ll help you reach your health and wellness goals in a safe and sustainable way.

Being more active, focusing on whole foods, cutting back on added sugar and making time for yourself are just a few ways to get healthier and happier.

Have you tried paleo or clean eating? Are you still eating that way? I’d love to hear your opinion on what worked best for you. Fire away in the comment section below!





10 thoughts on “Paleo Diet VS Clean Eating. What Is The Difference?

  1. There have been a couple of times I’ve strongly considered going on a Paleo diet but haven’t taken the time to really study what it is about. Your comparison with “Clean Eating” convinces me I think I’d rather go the clean eating route – I don’t think I can live without whole grains and peanut butter!

    1. Yes, Susan! Paleo diet is more strict then clean eating, it’s more for people with gluten or lactose intolerance. It’s great weight loss diet but if you want to just maintain your weight, I would choose clean eating.

  2. This is such a great post. You explained everything perfectly and I love your venn diagram! This really helped me understand all of this better, thanks so much!

  3. Thankyou for explaining in detail!! I guess panel diet has lot of restrictions. Rice is the staple food in my country and I can’t imagine skipping completely. I would rather prefer ‘clean eating’.

  4. I did not know many of these facts! Very interesting. I would definitely consider the Paleo diet much more than clean eating.

  5. This is such useful information. I eat mostly Paleo and have for quite awhile, but I never researched what the difference between that and clean eating is. Thanks for this information!

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