A question that I get constantly: “I’m on this new diet. What do you think about it?”
Let me start out by stating that if the diet is unsustainable, you shouldn’t be on it. I’m talking about juice cleanses, 800 calorie-a-day starvation, eat-only-yams nonsense, and just about every fad diet out there.
I’ve compiled for you 5 diets that I think are worth trying, if you’re trying to lose fat. They are sustainable, and healthy; you can trust in their regimen.
The big things are watching your sugar intake, getting enough protein, and watching your insulin spikes. More on that later.
It’s super important to remember that different diets will affect you differently, depending on your fitness, muscle mass, age, sex, activity level, blood type, etc. Therefore, I encourage you to try them all and see what gives you, personally, the best results.
Disclaimer: consult with your doctor before starting any diet or fitness regimen.
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What if there was a diet where you didn’t actually have to change what you’re eating? That sounds too good to be true!
For once, it isn’t.
Intermittent fasting is a “diet” where you only eat during certain hours of the day. For the other hours, it’s simple: you eat nothing. No calorie counting, entire food group exclusion, or difficult rules to follow. Just controlled and well-timed abstinence from food.
If your reaction is something like:
“Oh, no! But I’ll staaaarve!”
“Skipping meals is bad for you”
“But… I’ll go into catabolism“
Well, you’re actually wrong.
The idea of the diet is that short periods of fasting prompt the body to repair damage, but not enter a starvation mode of conserving energy. You’re actually not going to lose your hard-earned muscle mass.
What will happen is your insulin levels dropping low enough for your body to burn straight fat. Score!
What’s more is that taking a break from food is incredibly revitalizing for your body! Intermittent fasting is incredibly effective at treating and even reversing type II diabetes. It’s also great for treating inflammation, cancer, and Alzheimer’s prevention.
These are the types of fasting patterns that you can adopt:
- The 16/8 method: Involves skipping breakfast and restricting your daily eating period to 8 hours, subsequently fasting for the remaining 16 hours of the day.
- The eat-stop-eat method: Involves 24-hour fasts once or twice per week on non-consecutive days.
- The 5:2 diet: On two non-consecutive days of the week, you restrict your intake to 500–600 calories. On the five remaining days, you eat like normal.
- The warrior diet: Eat small amounts of raw fruits and vegetables during the day and one huge meal at night, basically fasting during the day and feasting at night within a 4-hour window.
What you eat during non-fasting periods? That’s totally up to you. Try to keep it high protein, though.
It’s actually short for ketosis, a process where the body breaks down of fat deposits for fuel and creates substances called ketones.
It involves reducing carbohydrate intake to super low levels, and upping fat intake. Protein is kept moderately low. It sounds contrary to common sense, but it allows the body to burn fat cells as a fuel, rather than readily available carbohydrates.
Plus, everyone I’ve ever known to do this diet has been a grumpy grinch. It’s called the “carb flu“.
The Atkins diet focuses on controlling the levels of insulin in the body through a low-carbohydrate diet. It’s not as extreme as ketosis, but it’s founded on the same principle: force the body to use fat as fuel because no carbs are available.
The main reason why low-carb diets are so effective for weight loss is that they reduce your appetite. This causes you to eat fewer calories without having to think about it.
This diet is very popular with celebrities, but be warned: eating super low carb (50g a day) is challenging and can leave you grumpy!
The theory behind the Paleo diet (also nicknamed Caveman diet) is that most modern diseases can be linked to the consumption of grains, dairy, sugar, and processed foods.
It’s named after the paleolithic period, when cavemen lived, and did not have access to dairy or grains. Instead, they ate lean protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds.
While it’s debatable that this diet is comprised of the same foods your ancestors ate, it is linked to several impressive health benefits.
Also note that it’s similar to the Whole 30 diet (which is also Blissful Bohemian approved), but there’s no sweet potatoes.
If you’re a believer in the blood type diet, then you’d know type O blood benefits the most from the paleo diet.
Close to vegetarian, but more exclusive.
A vegan does not eat anything that is animal-based. This includes eggs, dairy, and even honey. Vegans do not usually adopt veganism just for health reasons, but also for environmental, ethical, and compassionate reasons.
For these reasons, they don’t use animal products either, i.e.: leather.
However, you must be intentional about your protein intake, or it will be way too low. Luckily, there’s so many options!
Did you know that all protein is first plant protein before it’s animal protein?
Trying out this diet will benefit not just your health, but also the world and creatures around you. But, be cautious of your vitamin and minerals intake. You may want to take supplements.