Popular Diets Explained

We all have that one friend who jumps from diet trend to diet trend; who can’t stop talking about how their latest diet has revolutionized their lives. Sometimes, it seems like you hear about the latest fad diet every other day.  Finding one that suits your lifestyle and eating preferences can be very difficult (especially if carbs = life). Luckily, we’ve deciphered all the top trends, so you don’t have to struggle through them yourself.

The Ketogenic Diet (Keto Diet)

The Breakdown:

Think lots of fats and forget carbs. This diet is very similar to the Atkins diet, which restricts carb intake A LOT- (like 2 to 4 percent of calories a lot).  The menu includes red meat, some fresh fish, and low carb vegetables, and everyone’s favourite fruit: the glorious Avocado.

The results:

Essentially, the Keto diet sets your body in a state of Ketosis. This means that your body will be burning fat instead of carbs, causing rapid weight loss. The diet will help decrease your appetite.

Studies have found that the diet does help with assisting weight loss and decreases blood sugar levels. Some have even found that the diet slows the development of Alzheimer’s disease.

Best for:

If your perfect idea of a yummy meal is a carb-loaded one, this diet is probably not for you. It’s also quite difficult to sustain- which makes it perfect for short term rapid weight loss, but difficult for the long term.

Exercising on the Keto Diet:

You’ll  be much more exhausted than usual during your first few exercise routines. Read this complete guide to exercising on the Ketogenic Diet.

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The Mediterranean Diet

The Breakdown:

It’s inspired by the eating habits of people who live near the Mediterranean. Think plant-based food, fish and lots of olive oil on everything. Whole grains are a big part of the diet. An important part of the diet is how you consume food- eating with friends and family while drinking red wine is greatly encouraged.

The results:

Think excellent nutrition and no processed foods. The Mediterranean diet eliminates everything processed and only focus on fresh fruit and veggies, as well as healthy fats. The benefits of this diet are very well documented, especially the effects it has on heart health. It’s also said that it protects brain health.

Best for:

Anyone who enjoys healthy meals (and a glass of red wine) with friends and family. This diet may need a bit of portion control, but its health benefits are almost endless. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to generally live a healthy life, as well as people struggling with heart health issues.

Exercising on the Mediterranean Diet:

This diet is perfect for weight loss when combined with intermediate exercise. The diet helps boost endurance as well as gives an excellent platform to built muscle.

The Vegan Diet

The Breakdown:

This diet is based on cutting out any animal product out of your diet. This includes any form of meat, dairy, as well as eggs. Many vegans live by Veganism or maybe cutting out animal produces due to health reasons.

The results:

Studies have shown that the vegan diet does indicate weight loss, even going so far as to show that weight loss is higher in Vegans than in calorie-restricted diets. This being said, weight loss is only possible if you consume healthy foods, rather than living on the junk-vegan lifestyle.

Best for:

This Lifestyle choice is perfect for anyone. It’s, however, crucial to keep in mind that supplements may be needed to fulfil all the various nutrients that animal products provide.

Fueling your body pre-and-post workout can be quite difficult on a vegan diet. Luckily, many companies have incorporated Veganism into their product selection, which opens the usage of supplements to the Vegan community. This proves to be a big help when fueling the body for workouts. All exercise is perfect for this lifestyle.

Diets are generally very subjective. Some people thrive on a certain diet, while others rarely make it through day 1. The key is to find a diet that suits you best. If a diet works for you, you’ll be much more motivated to stick to your diet. If your diet goal is to lose weight, remember to incorporate workouts and exercise to achieve sustainable weight loss.