Clean eating, healthier living – but which way to go? Let’s look at five of the most popular diets trending now.
Ever asked yourself whats the best diet for fast weight loss?
Check out these 5 suggestions:
Based on Paleolithic eating habits of a hunter-gatherer lifestyle, this diet focuses on high quality meat, fish, eggs, fresh vegetables and fruit. Eating is seasonal, local and organic with sugars, grains, dairy, legumes, and processed foods avoided. It is one of the easier diets for busy families to follow. High in good fats, protein, fibre and antioxidants, low in sugars, additives, preservatives and chemicals, this diet is very popular for those wanting to lose weight and gain energy. The negatives of this diet include a lack of complex carbohydrates and insoluble fibre from wholegrains like brown rice, quinoa and legumes, and the danger of consuming too much animal protein which may strain the kidneys, or cause constipation, bad breath and ketoacidosis.
A raw food diet is predominantly plant-based, with no cooking of ingredients above 47 degrees Celsius. Keeping food raw preserves the natural enzymes and micro-nutrients, while sprouting or activating nuts, seeds and legumes boosts their nutrient content. Some raw foodies will eat honey and bee pollen, but generally no meat, dairy, or processed foods are eaten. This diet requires time and preparation so can be difficult to follow without planning. Ideally short term, it can be great for detoxification, reduction of fluid retention and food intolerances, constipation and can help to boost energy and vitality. It can be difficult to ensure adequate protein intake for very active people without supplementation, and over time can result in iron and B12 deficiencies. It is also easy to consume large quantities of nuts and natural sugars in raw sweets, smoothies and desserts which can cause weight gain in some people.
Often chosen for ethical reasons, a vegan diet avoids all animal products. While studies have shown that a plant-based diet can be the healthiest diet for humans, there is plenty of vegan food available that is highly processed, full of chemicals, sugars, and hydrogenated plant oils. The dangers of this diet include relying on carbohydrates for energy, resulting in weight gain, mood swings and fatigue. It can also result in low iron and B12 levels. Consuming a vegan diet high in fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes and some complex carbohydrates such as spelt, quinoa, millet, brown rice and amaranth will be of the most benefit.
High Fat Low Carb (HFLC) diets are similar to Paleo, with the addition of more butter and dairy products. Carbohydrates such as grains, sugars, fruits and root vegetables are generally avoided. This diet relies heavily of energy production from fats as opposed to carbohydrates, and as a result some people can suffer from low energy and blood glucose fluctuations while adjusting to this diet. For those with an under-functioning liver and gall bladder (or for those who have had their gall bladder removed) it is likely this diet will not suit, and may cause nausea and diarrhoea. Studies have suggested that a diet high in good quality fats can be beneficial for the prevention of dementia and myelin sheath defects.
Basically the opposite of the HFLC diet, this eating style suggests 80 percent of your calorific intake from carbohydrates, 10 percent from raw plant based protein and 10 percent from fat. The main benefit of this diet is the amount of fresh fruit and vegetables consumed, with little to no processed foods. Devotees of this diet may consume 30 bananas a day, along with dates, rice, potatoes and pasta. This diet is very high in natural sugars, low in protein and low in fats. It may suit those doing significant physical activity on a daily basis, but many negative reports suggest it can cause weight gain in those who are not as active.
Choosing the right diet for you can take some trial and error. It is best to stick to a particular eating regime for at least two months before you make an assessment as to whether the diet is right for you. Certain diets can cause discomfort and detoxification as your body adjusts to a new way of eating, but it is always best to contact your health care professional if you have any concerns.
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