Diets can be hell: you’re either starving or feeding yourself smaller portions than you’re used to and wishing you were having what your friends ordered. Not every diet is for you, so let’s take a look at some diet trends that actually work and may be exactly what you’re looking for.
The Paleo way is mirroring that ways of your ancient ancestors, you know, the hunter-gatherers. The diet is rich is rich in protein and low glycemic index foods. Anything you can grow yourself you can eat, processed food are a big no-no.
Paleo followers eat grass-processed meats, fish, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, and healthy oils. Things they stay away from are cereal grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugar, potatoes, processed foods, salt, refined vegetables oils.
The diet is focused on getting you a higher protein intake via the animal products like meat and fish; a lower carbohydrate intake and lower glycemic index by having you stay away from starchy carbs and fruits; higher fiber intake by helping you avoid starchy grains and fruits; moderate to higher fat intake from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats via Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats; higher potassium and lower sodium intake via unprocessed and fresh foods; dietary alkaline load that balances dietary acid because the natural foods you’re eating help preserve the net acid or alkaline load to the kidneys; and higher intake of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and plant phytochemicals.
Paleo sounds complicated but it’s actually not -- this is a lot to take in and you should know about the diet you’re about to take on, so head over to thepaleodiet.com for more information if you feel this is the fit for you.
SOUTH BEACH DIET GLUTEN SOLUTION PROGRAM
The South Beach Diet Gluten Solution Program is actually an extension to the original South Beach diet just adjusted for those of you out there with sensitivity to gluten. Though the diet is not entirely gluten-free, it is based around living a low carb and dairy lifestyle rich in protein, vegetables, and whole grains. Meaning carbs are allowed, but only the “good” kind (yay)!
This diet works in three phases.
Phase 1 is the toughest part it’s where you work on your cravings and where you will lose the most weight because it’s focused on cutting your bad habits. You will go fourteen days without wheat, barley, rye, fruits or any grain or gluten products. This is where you will learn to make gluten free choices and also find out if you have a gluten allergy.
Phase 2 will have you continue another 2 weeks without gluten, but by the end of phase two you won’t even miss it! You will however be allowed to bring back in gluten-free starches like almond flour, and three fruits a week. My suggestion is stick with berries, because they are low in carbohydrates and sugars. This phase will keep your weight loss slow, continuous, and steady.
Phase 3 is where you learn to maintain this lifestyle, where you’ve officially achieved your goal weight and have learned to make the right choices with or without gluten.
To learn more about this diet head over to southbeachdiet.com if you think this is the right diet for you.
RAW FOOD DIET
Gwyneth Paltrow made this diet popular among celebrities, and people like us, who were looking to get her amazing figure. She makes it look so easy, but boy is this diet for a select few.
The premise of the raw diet is that you are not eating foods that are cooked above 118 degrees Fahrenheit. It was created because of many studies showing that the typical American diet is filled with processed foods, animal products, and chemical additives and as you are aware these things are often the leading causes of diabetes and high blood pressure.
The Raw diet allows you to eat fruits and vegetables, nuts, grains, seeds, herbs and spices, beans, seaweed, and coconut milk. You are allowed to eat some meat via fish or poultry, but really 75% of the diet should be raw foods so you can enjoy some boiled pasta or a potato once in a while, but don’t make it a habit, those are treats.
Raw foods include lots of fiber that help with digestion and antioxidants, since you’ll be eating a lot more fruits and vegetables you will have much more to work help with cell damage. Because of the low saturated fat and high antioxidants and magnesium you will also get a boost in your heart health.
Is this the diet for you? Great! Get more information at thebestofrawfood.com.
Just like the diet says, this is focused on eating like the Greek Gods. The Mediterranean diet will have you focusing on healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, seafood, nuts, legumes, and olive oil.
You will be eliminating red meat, processed meat, and some dairy. You’re going to be focusing your dietary intake on fresh foods and choosing veggie pizzas and rice dishes instead of just cheese or meat options. Mediterranean diets include bean soups like minestrone or lentil, whole grain or flatbread, grilled or steamed seafood, cooked vegetables, salad with an oil and vinegar dressing; you can follow any meal with a fruit dessert.
The pros to this diet are that it has major heart health benefits, allows you to have healthy fats, and it has the highest staying power amongst the current fad diet craze.
If you’re really feeling like Mediterranean way is for you, head over to authoritynutrition.com or more information.
The Weight Watchers method is probably the most familiar to those of you reading this. It’s on your TVs, your magazines, and across every fitness article. The Weight Watchers diet is made to teach you how to eat the right portions and make the right choices. If you’re someone that just can’t get portion control down, this may be the diet for you.
Weight Watchers uses a point system that is based on the calories and nutritional value in all of the food you’re eating. Your points are based on your current weight and goal weight. The point of this diet is to teach you to be able to eat what you want, when you want, but not everything you want at the same time. It helps you make the right choices and eat the correct portions. Your will power is tested, but it’s the most reasonable non-restrictive choice of diets. Nowadays you will find that many chain restaurants have weight watchers options on the menu, meaning eating out won’t have to be a battle of the minds.
If you believe Weight Watchers is best for you, then head over to WeightWatchers.com for more information.
Here at MealPlanningMagic, we want you to live a healthy lifestyle and we want you to stick with it, so if one of the diets discussed here is perfect for you go for it. However with any diet, it's important to know what you're putting into your body on a caloric and macro level so that you know what changes to make as the results set in. Download MealPlanMagic to have complete control over your meal planning and eating styles and make sure to plan your meals ahead of time so this is not just a diet, but also a choice.