It’s no secret that little to no exercise combined with processed foods high in fat and sugar are detrimental to your health. Aside from resulting in obesity, heart issues, and diabetes, a poor diet is a major contributor to many types of cancers. Over the years, we’ve seen an increase in the amount of healthier options on food menus and specialized restaurants that serve a variety of diet-friendly options. You can even scroll through Instagram/Facebook and YouTube for inspiration, recipes or support groups if you are ready to start a new diet. As the holiday season approaches and we prepare to make New Year’s resolutions, let’s consider making some slight changes to our relationship with food and start eating to live versus living to eat.
Vegetarian or Vegan- This is a plant-based diet where you completely eliminate the consumption of meat and animal products. You will need to find supplements for certain nutrients like B-12, Vitamin D, and Iron but, you will benefit from weight loss and a diet that consists of low saturated fats. On the flip side, you will spend more time reading food labels and run the risk of vitamin deficiency if you aren’t careful.
Ketogenic Diet (Keto)- a very popular trend as of late, is a low carb, high-fat diet that results in placing your body in a ketosis metabolic state. It also turns fat into ketones in your liver which supplies energy for your brain. In a nutshell, this diet allows your body to burn fat for energy and can drastically reduce your blood sugar and insulin levels. Benefits include weight loss and a variety of improved medical conditions, however, you need to be very disciplined with your food intake in order to maintain a state of ketosis. This wouldn’t be the best diet option for anyone who is trying to bulk up or has significant health ailments.
Nothing White Diet- typically seen as a fad or option for rapid weight loss within a short time frame. This diet restricts the consumption of white foods such as potatoes, sugar, flour, rice, beans, bread, butter, and certain cheeses. While this may be a great way to kickstart weight loss, it is said to be incredibly difficult to maintain and you ultimately put the weight right back on if you stop following the plan.
No matter what method you choose, experts advise that you make gradual dietary changes versus going cold turkey and if you have any serious health concerns you should always consult your physician before making any drastic changes.