Health & Wellness

Understanding And Choosing The Right Diet For You

choosing the right healthy diet

Dieting can be a very confusing topic to delve into. You may know that you want to lose weight, but working out, which is the best way to do it, can be tricky.

You can find so many different diets out there, and they all seem to focus on cutting out something that other diets rely heavily upon.

They can’t all be right, can they?

Well, they can contribute to an extent. You can indeed find success on any number of diets if you apply them in the right way. The things that you need to consider are the broader implications of each diet and how you should use these diets within your own life. 

There is no magic bullet when it comes to weight loss. Although many people swear by certain diets, in truth, you will need a combination of diet and exercise to lose weight. And if you want to maintain that weight loss, you will need to ensure you keep on exercising and eating healthy even after the diet has finished. 

The Paleo Diet

Many diet specialists believe that the key to a healthy diet is to look at what are ancient predecessors ate.

The Paleo, or “Caveman” diet, looks back at the types of foods that would have been eaten during the Paleolithic era.

As a species, we had not evolved to processing grain into bread, and were not really doing anything will milk. So in the Paleo diet, these are no longer on the menu. Also gone will be anything that is processed, along with trans fats, margarine, legumes, and sugar. This leaves you primarily with fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, herbs, spices, along with meat, fish, and eggs. 

While there is a strong argument for reducing or removing many of these things from your diet, you still need to ensure that you are maintaining all of your essential vitamins to remain healthy. 

The Carnivore Diet

It is possible to achieve weight loss on the carnivore diet.

Similarly to the Paleo diet, the carnivore diet looks at the food of our ancient ancestors for its inspiration.

Keeping your diet to meat, fish, dairy, and animal fats reduce the number of calories that you consume, as well as greatly diminishing the intake of carbohydrates.

It forces your body to use ketosis, which means that you will start burning through your own body fat to make up for the lack of energy that it is receiving through your diet. On this diet, you will not consume fruit, veg, nuts, seeds, legumes, or grains. 

Keto And Low-Carb Diets

There are several diets that rely on a reduction or a complete abstention from consuming carbohydrates. To understand how they work, you need to know what carbohydrates do for your body.

Carbohydrates provide your body with slow-release energy. They are the fuel that your body uses to drive. However, if you do not use up all of this energy, your body will store it as body fat.

Therefore, consuming too many carbohydrates can cause you to gain weight. Carbohydrates are found in a variety of produce, including potatoes, pasta, bread, and a variety of vegetables. 

In a low-carb diet, your body still needs to find that energy that it would have got from carbohydrates. When it can’t find it, it goes into a state of ketosis. This means that the body starts producing a hormone called Keytones, which can be used to make use of the fat stored in the body to provide you with energy. 

Plant-Based And Vegan Diets

Another prevalent choice of diet is the plant-based diet or the Vegan diet. Although very similar, the distinction is generally drawn based on ethical or environmental grounds. The diet is fundamentally the same. You will eat nothing that comes from animals. No meat, dairy, fish, or eggs. Many vegans do not eat honey either. 

A diet that primarily consists of fruit and vegetables is not only very low in fat, it is also high in fiber. This is essential for the quick digestion of all of your food.

On a diet without any meat or dairy, you will struggle to get vitamin B12. As such, many people on this diet have to either take supplements or have foods that have been fortified with added B12. 

Whatever diet you chose, one thing is sure, you will need to ensure that you try and maintain balance, that you watch for any ill-health, and that you exercise too.

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