I’ve tired all kind of eating plans you can think of, from vegetarian to vegan, but the one I found the most rewarding is the Paleo diet. I found it way better as it helped me adopt a method of eating that made me feel good from the inside out. The Paleo diet, which emphasizes whole, natural foods, has been around for awhile, but quickly gained popularity with the CrossFit community and has now become a well-known eating style. As you might know, the more fruits and veggies you eat, the happier you are, and im so loving this way of eating. Now there’s even more good news for those of us who are into the “caveman” diet: A recent study found that it helped to improve the cardiovascular health of already-healthy people in just eight weeks.

Since Paleo is so popular with people who love to work out, it makes sense that researchers would want to find out how it impacts the health of fit people. “Very few studies have examined the Paleo diet in seemingly healthy participants, despite the prevalence of this dietary practice in health and fitness enthusiasts,” said study author Chad Dolan, a graduate student researcher at University of Houston Laboratory of Integrative Physiology. The fit participants switched from a traditional Western diet (think: high in fat and processed foods, low in fruits, veggies and quality proteins) to the Paleo diet for eight full weeks. While the results weren’t completely conclusive since there was no control group not doing the diet used in the study, a couple of things are certain. Firstly, the participants did experience improved cardiovascular health. Secondly, they consumed fewer calories and grams of carbs while following the Paleo diet than they did before.

An added bonus? The study was not designed to promote weight loss, but all of the participants shed some pounds over the course of the study. This is especially interesting, because they were told they could eat as much as they wanted, as long as they adhered to the diet. “This study’s findings add to the possibility that short-term dietary changes from a traditional Western pattern of eating to foods promoted in the Paleo diet may improve health — or, at the very least, the diet does not have negative health implications in terms of the parameters we studied,” Dolan said in a press release. Additionally, this study could be a partial answer to those who have criticized the Paleo diet for being so meat-heavy.

I’m loving the change I’ve seen in my weight, appearance and health. This lifestyle has helped me feel more confident, my self-esteem has improved dramatically, and that's what I love the most about it, it's a lifestyle more than a diet. I would recommend you give it a try and see amazing results.