There are so many diets out there that most people looking to lose some weight are overwhelmed with information. It’s not just a case of looking at some simple facts and making a choice – you’re presented with strong opinions on whether a diet is good or bad for you wherever you turn. Hearing stories about dangerous diets can be very worrying, and it’s true that some should be avoided given our current medical knowledge, and you should be wary about trying too many different extreme diets. However, there are a few straightforward ones that have been tried and tested by many people with positive results, and you might consider these.
1) The 5:2 Diet
One of the most popular diets of the last few years, this involves fasting or restricting your calorie intake to less that 500 calories on two non-consecutive days each week, and eating regularly for the other five days. The focus is on being more sustainable than a non-stop diet, something most people find difficult. This diet requires some caution and plenty of exercise to supplement it, but it’s very manageable and effective for many people. This diet is also popular for people that want to take advantages of the health benefits associated with intermittant fasting.
Intermittent fasting is not a form of starvation but a way for you to time your meals to maximize your body’s ability to burn fat.
2) The Keto Diet
The keto diet is currently gaining popularity across the world due to its rapid results. Followers of the keto diet prefer to refer to it as a new way of eating rather than a diet as it is a change that is carried forward permanently instead of for a limited time. The science behind the keto diet is that you switch your body from being a carb burner to a fat burner by increasing your natural fat intake, eating a moderate amount of protein and restricting carbs to less than 20g per day. This new way of eating is supposed to keep you feeling fuller for longer, one reason that many followers tend to combine it with intermittant fasting for additional benefits. Once fully keto adapted, many people reduce their food intake to 2 meals per day, usually within a 6-8 hour window.
Although there are many who consider this diet to be unhealthy, many followers have reported medical improvements, and there are a growing number of doctors that are backing this way of eating including Dr Berg. Maria Emmerich, another well-known advocate of the keto way of eating, has written several books and offers advice on her website.
The Atkins Diet received a lot of negative press when its high profile creator died, and it was misreported that the cause was a heart attack. Until then it had been widely celebrated due to its fast weight loss effects, but following the controversy it had to be revised, resulting in a modern update years later that’s slightly less aggressive. It includes a lot of meat and saturated fat which puts many people off, and focuses on restricting carbohydrates significantly. The quick weight loss most people experience in the early stages can be very motivating which makes this a relatively popular diet even today.
A powerful brand that rose in popularity massively in the 2000s, WeightWatchers offers a simple system that makes limiting your daily calorie intake more straightforward and sustainable. Instead of counting calories, all foods are assigned ProPoints based on several nutritional values, and you need only count them to stay under your limit. WeightWatchers also includes a social element with weekly meetings and weigh-ins, so you have some community support to motivate you. This diet has remained popular for many years and helps a lot of people maintain a healthy diet.