When it comes to diets, clean eating and lifestyle choices, there are numerous options and approaches to choose from. Whether it’s based on health reasons, or if you’re looking for a new approach toward your health and fitness goals, choosing and understanding which diet (if any) is right for you can be tricky.
So to help you out, we thought we’d break down a few of the most common diets and their benefits:
Put simply, a Ketogenic Diet is a low carb, high fat diet, which studies have shown can aid in weight, whilst also helping to improve heart health. Keto diets take their name from ketosis, a natural process the body initiates to survive when food intake is low. During ketosis, the body produces ketones which are a construct of fat broken down from the liver. A ketogenic diet put the body into a metabolic state through the starvation of calories.
One of the key benefits of ketogenic diets is that it has been found to be a useful and proven approach to weight loss. Scientifically, keto diets have shown better weight loss results than low fat, high carb alternatives, whilst one study found that people on ketogenic diets lose 2.2 times more weight than those on calorie-restrictive low fat diets.
The Paleo Diet is described as an effort to eat as we used to, meaning cutting out processed foods and only eating things humans traditionally used to hunt for. This means the diet is heavily reliant on meat, fish and seafood, natural oils, fruit and vegetables and natural produce such as eggs.
Studies have shown that paleo diet benefits include helping to:
- Stabilise blood sugar
- Burn off excess fat stores
- Balance energy levels throughout the day
Paleo diets are often popular with those trying to build muscle due to their high protein content, which is crucial for muscle growth and repair.
A pescatarian diet can be seen as a vegetarian diet which incorporates fish and seafood. Fish offers a huge myriad of health benefits, primarily due to the presence of omega3 fatty acids, which on its own the body is unable to produce. Omega3’s known health benefits include, helping to decrease the chances of heart disease, curb joint stiffness and joint pain.
Other benefits of pescatarian diets include helping to boost protein intake, in comparison to vegetarian or vegan diets, whilst different types of seafood offer distinct health benefits. For example, mussels and oysters are rich in vitamin B12, which helps to keep nerves and red blood cells healthy.
A gluten free diet is exactly what it says in the title, a diet which is free from gluten. Gluten is commonly found in grains including wheat, barley, rye which often make up popular foods such as bread, pastries, cereals and pasta.
Gluten free diets are often an approach used to treat health issues, such as celiac disease, however they have become a more mainstream diet approach in the past few years. Studies have found that the benefits of gluten free diets include helping to eliminate unhealthy oils and carbohydrates from your diet, helping to encourage increased fruit consumption, as well as helping to decrease the risk of heart disease and certain cancers.
A vegan diet is made up of plants and plant based foods, such as vegetables, grains, nuts and fruits. Similar to vegetarian and pescatarian diets, the reason for opting to go vegan may be based on personal taste preferences, ethical concerns or for the health benefits.
Vegan diets have a number of distinct benefits, including helping with weight loss. Studies have found that those following vegan diets are thinner and have lower BMIs than non-vegans. Similarly, a study on vegan diets found that vegans lost around 4kg more than those who followed calorie restricted diets. Vegan diets have also been found to help lower blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
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