We live in a microwave society where people prefer instant results over process. We want to see changes and we want to see them now! When it comes to health and wellness, liposuction and quick diets carry the day. But how effective are they? Let’s talk about Diets today.
There are a few common weightloss and detox programs driving the market crazy. Let’s look at a few diets:
The Atkin’s diet has villainized carbohydrates and advocates avoidance of starches. Instead, eat protein and fat and you are guaranteed to lose weight.
2. Paleo Diet
The Paleo diet is based mainly on food presumed to have been available to Paleolithic humans. It includes mainly of lean protein, fruits and vegetables and healthy fats. This excludes foods such as dairy products, grains, sugar, legumes, processed oils, salt, and alcohol or coffee.
3. Intermittent Fasting
This diet program advocates for a 14 hour fast and a 10 hour eating period. This means that you should skip breakfast and have your first meal around 1 p.m. The latest meal should be around 8 p.m and make sure it is 3 hours before you sleep.
4. The 5: 2 Diet
The 5: 2 stands for eating 5 days a week and fasting for 2 days a week. It is much easier for your body to burn fat in the fasted state because insulin levels are low.
5. The Vegan Diet
Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products.
6. Raw Food Diet
A raw food diet, also sometimes called “raw foodism,” is about eating mostly or all unprocessed and uncooked foods so you get all the nutrients without the dangerous additives. The goal of eating more raw foods is to obtain plenty of nutrients in an easy-to-digest manner, one that our bodies are naturally suited for.
These are just but a few of the diets available in the market. As you read through them, do you notice how conflicting they are? One says fats are good, another says fats are bad for your health. So which is the correct version for weightloss?
- Neurological changes
Have you noticed that when dieting, you notice food and get cravings easily? That is because the brain becomes overly responsive to food, more so tasty-looking food! Therefore the thing you are trying to resist becomes harder to resist.
- Hormonal changes
As you lose body fat, the amount of different hormones in your body changes. The hormones that make you feel full decreases, while those that make you hungry increases. Hence, are more likely to feel hungry and when given an equal serving as before the diet, you do not feel full. This makes you likely to eat more than before!
- Metabolic changes
Your metabolism slows down. The body goes into starvation mode, burning less fat for energy and instead stores them. This is counterproductive, don’t you think?
Don’t get me wrong, you can lose weight with a diet. Problem is that you lose water weight with the detox programs and lean muscle in avoidance diets , making it easy to gain it all back in 1.5 years. And the cycle continues as you move from diet to diet!
- Build Muscle Exercise and do resistance training to build that muscle. Did you know ladies start losing their muscle mass after 30? Building muscle burns more fat even while resting.
- Adopt healthy eating as a lifestyle. Develop a healthy eating plan and you don’t have to worry about losing weight and gaining it all back later on.
This is why I developed the Sexy Back Program. It is a holistic approach that ensures you lose weight and keep it off. All the while working on your mindset and helping you adopt Fitness as a Lifestyle! I use the tried and tested principles that are isolated in different diets and combine them to bring balance in your body and ensure that your metabolism is fired up, ready to burn fat and build those muscles!