Diets will always be on trend, and each person will have varying degrees of success with each diet they try. Continue reading to learn details about seven popular diets and the way they work to determine which might be right for you. If you do not have success with one, you can always try another.
The DASH Diet was created to help lower high blood pressure. The overall concept is to establish a balanced and flexible diet plan filled with foods that are good for your heart. You will be required to eat healthy foods such as beans, fruits, low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry, nuts, vegetables, vegetable oils and whole grains. You will be advised to avoid items such as fatty meats, foods high in saturated and trans fats, sugary drinks, sugary foods, coconut oil, palm oil and full-fat dairy. By making these changes and introducing higher levels of nutrients such as calcium, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and protein, you will more easily be able to manage your blood pressure without the need of medication.
The claim behind the HCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) diet is that the combination of extremely low calories and the introduction of additional HCG hormone levels will result in fast weight loss. Many people will lose one to two pounds a day rather than one to two pounds per week. It is suggested that the HCG Diet works on either injections or drops to improve success rates. The injections and drops are available from any number of reputable sources online. This diet drastically cuts your daily calorie intake to just 500 calories per day which is the primary reason for the rapid weight loss. The HCG hormone will allow you to feel full despite the extremely low-calorie consumption, and it will also help to keep your muscle tone during the process.
The Ketogenic (keto) Diet aims to place your body in a state of ketosis which is believed to be an ideal metabolic state for weight loss and weight maintenance. The Keto Diet eliminates most carbohydrates from your diet. As a result, your body will burn stored fat to use as energy rather than carbohydrates. You will not be able to eat many of the foods that are part of your daily diet such as beans, all grains, most fruits, legumes, low-fat dairy, milk, processed meats, starchy vegetables and all sugars. You will, however, be able to eat as much as you like of foods such as avocados, cheese, high-fat dairy, most unprocessed meats, fish, seafood, eggs, low-carb vegetables, nuts, and coffee.
The Low FODMAP Diet was engineered specially to help minimize, if not eliminate entirely, the side effects of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). When you follow this diet, you will focus on finding the foods, or rather the high FODMAP foods, that trigger your IBS. Foods that cause a reaction for you may not cause a reaction in others which is the reason this diet is far more customizable than others. You will meet with a dietitian and begin to make changes to your diet for up to six weeks. The next phase, which can last up to eight weeks, will comprise of many food challenges that are carefully monitored by your dietitian. Lastly, the results of the challenges will be examined to determine which foods trigger symptoms. These foods must be eliminated from your diet entirely to be able to control your IBS. All other foods can be reintroduced to your diet at this time.
A Flexitarian Diet consists of primarily plant-based foods without restricting animal products. Flexitarians do eat meat and other animal-based foods; however, they do so in great moderation. This diet does not have any restrictions other than to focus on plant proteins on a regular basis rather than animal proteins. You will eat more like a vegetarian with most meals centered around fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Flexitarians also do not eat a lot of sugar or processed food items. The overall results of this diet are that you will likely lose weight, prevent diseases, add years to your life and be healthier. By mostly eliminating meat from your diet, you are less prone to heart disease, many cancers, and diabetes.
The Mediterranean Diet has been in existence for centuries. Individuals who strictly follow this diet will experience weight loss and minimize the risk of heart attacks, strokes, premature death and type 2 diabetes. The great news is that the food in the Mediterranean Diet is quite flexible so that you can select the foods you prefer. The most widely accepted foods are bread, fruits, fish, extra virgin olive oil, potatoes, legumes, nuts, seeds, seafood and whole grains. You can eat poultry, eggs, yogurt, and cheese in moderation. And, on the rare occasion, you are allowed red meat. It is highly recommended that you exclude sugary drinks, processed meat, refined grains, refined oils, foods with added sugars and processed foods in general.
The Whole30 Diet is designed to eliminate foods that may cause harm and damage to your health. Many people enjoy the fact that this diet is more of a cleanse that only lasts for 30 days. You will have to give up many of your favorite foods and unhealthy vices. Such foods include alcohol, dairy, grains, processed foods, sugar, and legumes. You will also have to stop smoking if you are a smoker, and you cannot eat soy, including tofu if you are vegetarian or vegan. Many people have a difficult time in the beginning; however, it becomes more comfortable over time. You can eat fats, fish, fruits, meat, poultry and all the vegetables your heart desires. Once you eliminate these food items, the creators of this diet claim you will experience mental clarity, improve your immune function and minimize your risk for diabetes and high cholesterol.
Most of these diets will improve your health in the long term rather than to act simply as a tool for weight loss. If you do not find one to be successful, try another. And when you choose one, be sure to check out my recipes page for some great inspiration for your next meal.