• Home
  • Blog
  • 5 POPULAR DIETS AND CHOOSING WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU

By Alex

Food

5 POPULAR DIETS AND CHOOSING WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU

“A new year, a new me” 

This is the common phrase from a person who struggles to lose weight but often ends up on the loose ends. This is very sad, right? Knowing which type of diet best suits you is already a struggle. How much more if you are planning to maintain it? 

Have you heard about the 80/20 rule on diet?  It’s 80% diet and 20% exercise. For some people, it worked, but it’s the consistency on the diet that is most important. This goes to show that whatever you put in your mouth, it will show on your body.  If you took a bunch of fries and the largest burger in town, don’t be surprised if you hit the weighing scale literally too! 

Okay now, continue reading because we just picked 5 of the most popular diets and some tips in choosing which one is right for you. 

The Paleo Diet

This diet aims to return us to the eating habits of what the early humans are doing. Let’s simplify this. If the cavemen didn’t eat it, we shouldn’t eat it as well. Plain and simple! This is to eliminate all sugary foods, dairies, legumes and grains. The idea is to basically avoid all processed foods. This diet aims to control Type 2 Diabetes, heart disease and can make you lose weight too! The Paleo diet is believed to be a high protein, low carb diet. If you decided to choose this, say goodbye to grains and dairies!

The Vegetarian Diet

This has grown in popularity over the years. Studies show that an estimated 18% of the world’s population are on a Vegetarian Diet. It basically involves prohibiting yourself from eating meat, fish and poultry. This is perfect for people who have personal religious beliefs and other reasons including animal cruelty. There are several types of vegetarian diets that differ in their restrictions.

  • Lacto-ovo-vegetarian-diet: This aims to eliminate the meat, fish and poultry on your meals but allows eggs and dairy products.

  • Ovo-vegetarian-diet: Meat, fish, poultry and eggs are not allowed but you can have dairies.

  • Pescetarian diet: Forbids meat and poultry but allows fish, sometimes eggs and dairy products.

  • Vegan diet: Bans meat, fish, poultry, eggs and dairy products as well as animal derived products such as honey. This is a strict type of vegan diet.

  • Flexitarian diet: this is somehow a more relaxed type of vegetarian diet because this allows an occasional eating of meat, fish and poultry

The Atkins Diet

Similar to Ketogenic Diet, the Atkins diet is a low-carb diet which is highly recommended for people who want to lose weight. When this was first introduced to the public, it was considered unhealthy and most of the mainstream health experts are against it. However, there is one main reason why this is effective, it helps reduce your appetite and carb cravings thus making you eat fewer calories.

Intermittent Fasting

This is compatible with people who still want to eat whatever they want but on a restricted time. If you are not much into how fast your progress in losing weight is, this is perfect for you. Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between fasting and feasting periods. This is most described as an eating pattern. 

How do you do this? For starters, you may begin with 16:8. 16 hours of fasting or restricting yourself from taking anything except for water, tea or black coffee and 8 hours of feasting where you can eat anything you want.  When you say “black coffee” it means NO SUGAR! 

Put this in mind, anything that has taste, it will surely B R E A K your FAST! So it is safer to take water instead. 

For other types of intermittent fasting, there is 18:6, 20:4 and so on, and so forth. For 20 and longer hours of fasting, it is commonly called warrior fasting. 

What are the benefits that we can get from intermittent fasting? Let us simplify for better understanding. IF produces autophagy. Autophagy is a process that recycles our hormones and helps the metabolic system to function as normal.

The Ketogenic (Keto) Diet

Now down to our number 1 and the most famous type of diet that most of the famous personalities are now into is the “Ketogenic Diet.” Just the same with Atkins diet, this is a high-fat, low-carb type of diet. 

People who are into Keto diet do not eat grains, sugary and starchy foods to name a few. If you are more into meats, poultries and sometimes dairy, this is highly recommended.

Ketogenic diet was first discovered when it helps reduce the seizure attacks on people suffering from epilepsy. It was also known to help reverse Type 2 Diabetes and treat hypertension. 

Finally...

 

Now it’s your time to choose which type of diet best suits your personality and your eating habits. If you are more into meats, fish and poultries, go for an Atkins or Ketogenic diet. But if you are a type of person who can’t avoid the temptations of eating high carb foods such as cakes, rice, burgers (YUM!), go for intermittent fasting.