Our health is the most important element of our overall well-being. What you eat and how much you eat, play vital roles in maintaining good health. For the majority, being healthy is all about losing those extra pounds, and that is the most common reason for people to go on a diet as well.
Dieting has always been considered to be the best way to lose weight. However, since there is no shortage of novelty diet programs promising to help you lose weight at a fast pace, people tend to hop on to anything that is popular without even realizing what they are getting themselves into. Many even feel pressured to try different types of diets one after the other without having much luck in getting the results due to their lack of knowledge about it. Hence, let’s begin with understanding what dieting is all about before we dive deep into the popular diets that have been making all the buzz lately.
What is dieting?
The method of regulating food intake for the purpose of improving overall health conditions is called dieting. To explain technically, dieting is controlling any of the macronutrients such as the carbohydrates, fats and protein that constitute the major portion of one’s daily food intake accordingly to get the desired result. In the simplest way put, you are dieting, as soon as you put rules and regulations around food.
Although the term is popularly associated with weight loss, dieting is mainly about developing a positive relationship with food to help improve any kind of physical ailment including obesity, diabetes, allergies and even to support mental health.
Choosing Your Diet Wisely
There are plenty of healthy and fad diet options available out there, for those interested in trying a new diet. Note that if weight loss is your ultimate goal, most of these diets will help you shed pounds in the short term. However, it is important to do your research before you settle for one, because while many popular diets, from Keto to Paleo and gluten-free share similar principles, it’s recommended to get into the nitty-gritty to help you stay committed to the one that you have opted for.
To help you compare and learn more about some of the popular diets, we have compiled the basics on the top four, for an easy evaluation as we break down the basic principles of these popular diets.
1. Ketogenic Diet
The ketogenic diet is now all the rage in the fitness industry and is the most sought-after diet in the world of weight loss diets. It is a high fat, adequate protein and very low carb diet which has proven to be an effective way of losing weight keeping the blood pressure and insulin levels under control. The high amount of fat that is involved in this diet puts your body into a metabolic state called ketosis where the body burns fat as fuel for energy because of the lack of glucose in the body, which leads to significant weight loss in a very short period.
As eliminating carbohydrates completely from your diet is an arduous task to do, it’s important to keep the food flavourful to help you stay committed to the diet. That is why we are bringing you a series of interesting Keto friendly recipes with Mediterranean twists. Mediterranean diet is known to be one of the healthiest & well-balanced diets that are popular in the region. The flavours of Mediterranean cuisine blend beautifully with Keto recipes. Hence, combining Keto and Mediterranean will give you recipes that are full of flavours to help you enjoy your diet meals on another level. After all, how can we give up on ravioli and pizza that easily?
2. Vegan Diet
Veganism is not just another diet but is a philosophical lifestyle choice which is here to stay. It is a thoughtful way of living where the consumption of anything that is of animal origin is avoided by choice. When it comes to the subject of animal rights, prevention of animal exploitation is the key factor for vegans to choose veganism.
A vegan diet is usually low in saturated fat, high in fiber and rich in antioxidants which help you fight against modern-day health issues such as diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and obesity. This plant-based diet is packed with all the essential vitamins, minerals, iron, protein and calcium helping you to have a flawless younger looking skin and boosted energy levels. And for the ones who think being vegan is eating only greens and boring food, you’re in for a delicious surprise. Stay tuned!
3. Paleo Diet
Palaeolithic diet, also known as Paleo diet or the Caveman’s diet is one of the most popular diet concepts based on the food habits of the ancient humans from the Stone Age. It’s a low carb diet but not as low as Keto. This diet includes Vegetables, Fruits, Meat, Seafood, Nuts, and Roots, and excludes all the modern day Processed Foods such as Dairy, Grains, Legumes, Processed Salt & Sugar, that people started eating from the Neolithic age.
Paleo is more of a lifestyle than a diet. In fact, it’s not even a diet designed exclusively for weight loss. However, when you cut out grains, legumes and processed food completely from your diet it is going to show a great difference on the weighing scale as well. The overall health benefit of following this diet is that you will end up with a very good metabolism that in turn will help keep your weight under control.
Paleo Diet is not about anything rigid but is all about a lifestyle as intended by Mother Nature, eating everything in its original form, unprocessed and wholesome.
4. Gluten-Free Diet
A gluten-free diet is nothing but excluding the protein gluten from the diet, that is naturally found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale. This diet was formed mainly for people with medical conditions associated with gluten. However, it became popular among the fitness industry for several health benefit reasons, including improved gastrointestinal health, weight loss and energy levels.
If you’re not gluten intolerant, it’s recommended not to avoid gluten completely from your diet, as it can set you up for some nutritional deficiencies. However, if you are still determined to be on a gluten-free diet, taking gluten-free multivitamin-multimineral supplements will help you compensate for the deficiencies to a great extent. Note that gluten lurks in processed foods as well; hence, being on an unprocessed and wholesome food diet is important to achieve the results when on a gluten-free diet.
Cutting out bread, pasta, noodles, cakes and cookies from your diet may seem like a difficult and limiting task. Fortunately, there are many healthy and delicious foods that are naturally gluten-free and can be used as substitutes to make these delicacies.
The Bottom Line
We believe good food and a balanced diet are the keys to good health. If you haven’t succeeded in doing so and genuinely wants to improve your lifestyle there’s absolutely no harm in following a diet regime of your choice to achieve the desired result. However, before you commit to one, it is advised to take your doctor’s or nutritionist’s advice on your current diet and health conditions to help you choose the diet that suits you best.
If you have done your research and set your mind on one of the above-mentioned diets, we are here to help you with your meal plans by bringing you a set of 10 interesting recipes for each diet, thoughtfully developed and well illustrated by ICCA Chef Instructors to break the monotony of being on a diet and provide you with a complete package from the culinary masters themselves.