The Best Diet for Fast Weight Loss

What do you think of when you hear the word diet? More specifically, what are your thoughts about weight loss diets? If your answers are anything like those of the average American, chances are that they’re negative and pessimistic. Diets have become synonymous with trying or being on a diet, but this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Ketogenic Diet
Eat more fat to lose weight. It’s that simple, right? Well, not really. A ketogenic diet that is high in fat and low in carbs is best known for being a treatment for epilepsy, but it’s also been shown to promote weight loss when done right. In fact, one study found that people following a keto diet lost as much as 3 times more weight than those on a traditional calorie-restricted diet. That said, many people report side effects like nausea and constipation (likely due to cutting out whole grains), so you may want to start slowly and gradually increase your intake over time if you decide to go on a keto diet.

Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet is all about moderation. In general, healthy fats are emphasized, while processed and saturated fats are discouraged. Vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes — particularly beans — star in most Mediterranean diets. You’ll also find lots of pasta and breads made from whole grains. The American Heart Association recommends a similar eating plan with some tweaks: Eat more vegetables, fruits, and whole grains; eat fewer high-fat foods (such as butter) and refined carbs (such as white bread). These dietary guidelines leave room for healthy choices such as dark chocolate (low-fat if possible), red wine (if you want), and small amounts of lean meat or seafood.

Gluten-Free Diets
Gluten is a type of protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. Studies have shown that people who follow a gluten-free diet lose weight more quickly than those who stick to a traditional low-calorie diet. Gluten-free diets can also reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes and certain cancers, according to The New England Journal of Medicine and other studies. When following a gluten-free diet, remember to focus on foods naturally high in fiber as well as fresh fruits and vegetables gluten is commonly found in many processed foods, including some vitamins and supplements.

Paleo Diet
The paleo diet short for cavemen has never been hotter. Paleo (short for Paleolithic) eaters eschew grains, refined sugar, and processed foods. Instead, they stick to fresh fruits and veggies, lean meats and fish, eggs, nuts, and seeds. Sound familiar? It’s basically what you were eating before you were a teenager.

Atkins Diet
In low-carb diets, such as Atkins, insulin levels are very low and fat burning is high. The body’s preference is to use circulating glucose in terms of a fuel source. In other words, your liver starts converting stored fat into fatty acids and sending them through your bloodstream for use as a fuel source and producing ketones in a process known as ketosis. Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are quickly broken down into blood sugar) and only moderate amounts of protein (excess protein can also be converted to blood sugar). If you eat carbs, they must be high-quality or complex carbs such as those found in whole grains, legumes, or vegetables instead of simple sugars.

Slow Carb Diet
This diet focuses on minimizing carbohydrates, eating protein at every meal, and focusing on healthy fats. You can eat any type of meat or fish and vegetables. You should not eat pasta, rice, bread, or fruits as part of your weight loss program. The goal is to feel satiated at each meal so you won’t be tempted to overeat later. Once you adapt to following a low-carb diet, your taste buds will begin to change; it’s likely that less sugary or salty foods will start tasting too sweet or too savory after a while. This diet requires moderate exercise (30 minutes of walking per day) in order to promote weight loss effectively and efficiently.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

%d bloggers like this: