Second week with our guest blog: FORI
NEW YEAR, NEW DIET?
With the holiday season now in the rear-view mirror and realisation that we can no longer blame copious amounts of alcohol and food on ‘It’s Christmas’. Now is the time to get our diets back on track and start shedding a few of those festive pounds. But where do we begin?
IT’S A WHIRLWIND OUT THERE
From fasting, to juicing, detox teas, H.F.L.C diets and Veganuary, social media is bursting with dietary options. But what works for one person will not necessarily work for the next, we all lead different lives, have varying metabolic rates, tastes, ethics and goals. In short, our relationship with food is complex but the solution is simple, find a diet that works for you and your lifestyle. To help get you underway we’ve taken a quick look at several of the most on-trend diets to help you digest them.
THE PALEO DIET
The Paleo community trust in Mother Nature’s wisdom and therefore feel the human body is better suited to the diets of our Paleolithic ancestors. This means whatever our ancestors had access to back in the day, they eat. Eg. meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies, and seeds. If the food didn’t exist in caveman times then it will not be on your plate or you’re stomach. So, say goodbye to pasta, cereal, sweets and grains as they will have to go.
If you don’t like calorie counting and are in need of sustenance this could be your perfect diet, protein helps with satiety and they say as long you’re eating the right foods, counting every single calorie and gram of fat doesn’t matter.
If you want to find out how it works, have a look here.
THE KETOGENIC DIET
The Ketogenic Diet, also known as the High Fat, Low Carb diet. This term quite simply determines the food you eat. It’s all about eating products that are high in fat and protein whilst having a minimal carb intake. In principle this diet works by your body going into a stage of ketotis and utilising naturally produced ketones as energy rather than carbohydrates. This one is quite scientific, so have a look here for more information.
THE FLEXITARIAN DIET
The Flexitarian Diet is a plant-based diet with the occasional addition of meat.
Flexitarians are also known as flexible vegetarians, casual vegetarians or vegivores. Quite simply there are no rules. Some flexitarians will have a meat-free meal once a week while others will only eat meat on rare occasions. Being a Flexitarian is all about increasing your intake of plant-based foods without completely eliminating meat. It’s all about adding new foods to your diet rather than excluding foods. Adding plant based foods like lentils, beans, peas, nuts and seeds can be beneficial to your health. One of the hardest parts of going on a diet is cutting out foods you like which often leads to you feeling demotivated and craving everything you’re not allowed. This diet is great, as you can add lots of different nutrients and mix up your food day to day. Find out more here
THE DASH DIET
The DASH diet stands for ‘Dietary Approaches to stop Hypertension’, it is a flexible and balanced eating plan that helps create a heart-healthy eating style for life. The DASH diet aims for you to become more aware of how many calories your body needs each day and ensuring you have foods from various food groups. That means no special foods and instead provides daily and weekly nutritional goals. This plan recommends:
- Eating vegetables, fruits, and whole grains
- Including fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry, beans, nuts, and vegetable oils
- Limiting foods that are high in saturated fat, such as fatty meats, full-fat dairy products, and tropical oils such as coconut, palm kernel, and palm oils
- Limiting sugar-sweetened beverages and sweets.
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THE DECISION MAKING
Whichever diet you chose, just remember as long as you are in a calorie deficit you’re more than likely to lose weight. So, the best advice would be to get a fitness app to be able to record and track what you’re eating, this will make you more aware of the food and calories you’re consuming. If some days you go over your daily allowance, simply cut back the next day and try and get in 3 lots of exercise a week, even if it’s a brisk walk. Simple changes, will get rid of those pounds and if you don’t manage too, don’t feel body shamed, we’re all human, all equal in all different shapes and sizes but you’ll be eating a lot healthier, which is good for our bodies anyway.