We all made resolutions during the last holiday season, and our determination reached its peak by New Year’s Eve. Most of us promised ourselves that we would eat healthier, start working out, or lose weight somehow. If you are still resolute on boarding the fitness train, have a look at different diet plans that have been trending lately or exist in the forgotten past.
The Keto Diet
The Keto Diet was the buzzword last year, although it was first introduced in the 1920s, as a therapy for epilepsy patients. This diet is certainly unique because it allows consumption of fatty foods, which are primarily restricted in all kinds of weight loss programs. The mechanism involves reduction of carbohydrates to a minimum, which would promote burning of body fat.
The Keto diet did suit a bunch of people, especially those suffering from neurological disorders like Parkinson’s disease. However, it has not proved to be the best solution for weight loss or a healthy lifestyle. Many people on the Keto diet tend to ingest an excess of saturated fats that have a negative impact on the heart. Moreover, restricting carbs also greatly cut downs our fiber intake, leading to frequent episodes of constipation.
Too much ketones in the body are not renal-friendly, so the diet is a suicide wish for anyone with kidney problems. The Keto diet also prohibits us from eating several fruits and vegetables that are rich in essential minerals and vitamins. It is plausible to say that the diet does not have a high nutritional value and adapting to the Keto lifestyle is not even easy.
The Vegan Diet
The Vegan diet is the most controversial of all diets, because a strictly plant based diet is not everyone’s cup of tea. Although veganism has demonstrated efficient shedding of pounds, not all foods allowed in the diet are healthy or low in calories. Processed or junk food will always be bad for the body, despite having vegan ingredients only.
Depriving the body from all kinds of meats and dairy products does cause several nutritional deficiencies, for example, lack of Vitamin B12 and Omega3 fatty acids. Many vegans compensate by taking artificial supplements. The vegan diet does have certain benefits, such as generation of good bacteria in the gut; it also reduces the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes and coronary heart disease.
The Dash vs. Mediterranean Diet
The DASH (Dietry Approaches to Stop Hypertension) and Mediterranean diets have a lot in common, both promoting consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, and lean meats. The dash diet includes all kinds of foods that are rich in fiber, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. It limits food that contains too much saturated fat, sodium, and sugars; also, processed food is off limits. The Mediterranean diet is inspired by people living by the sea, so it includes substantial portions of seafood.
The Dash and Mediterranean approach provide a well-balanced diet, so you are consuming all the indispensable nutrients required by the body. Health specialists in the U.S have declared that these two are the best kinds of diet plans available to date. They focus on natural whole foods, and come with zero side effects.