The paleo diet wasn’t invented. It was the natural diet of our ancestors. But if you’re wondering who invented the paleo diet movement that we see today, there are a few people who deserve credit.
The paleo diet has only just recently reached mainstream popularity in the last few years, but the paleo movement got it’s start back in 1975 when gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin wrote a book called “The Stone Age Diet” (read the full book at the link).
In it, Walter discusses the diet that our ancestors ate, how our diets have since evolved, the diets of other animals, how foods nourish our bodies, and how the “stone age diet” can treat common health issues.
He was way ahead of his time, but if you read the book you’ll notice some fairly extreme claims, many of which the paleo movement of today doesn’t agree with.
Then in 1985, a popular paper on paleolithic nutrition was published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Boyd Eaton and Melvin Konner.
Many other works have been published over the years but it wasn’t until 2010 that the paleo diet started to get noticed. In 2010, Dr. Loren Cordain, a scientist who specializes in nutrition and exercise physiology, revised and re-released one of his earlier books and called it “The Paleo Diet Revised: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat.” The book took off.
Cordain has since sold over 100,000 copies of his book. He is considered the founder of the paleo movement and is recognized as the world’s foremost authority on the subject. He created the paleo diet movement that has today become so mainstream that even celebrities and athletes are doing it.
Cordain paved the way for other paleo advocates such as Mark Sisson, Abel James, Robb Wolf, Art De Vany, Richard Nikoley, Chris Kresser and many others.