Hey so today I figured I’d go over some popular diets I see people talking about, and help you understand what works best.
Before we get into the ‘why’, let me give you a quick rundown of each popular diet:
Low Carb Diet – This diet reduces carbohydrate intake by cutting back on breads, rice, grains, starches, and sugars.
Paleo Diet – A diet based on how early humans ate. This means no dairy, grains, or processed food, and mostly meat, fish, fruits, and veggies.
Intermittent Fasting – This diet confines your eating to a smaller time period in the day, usually starting at noon and lasting 6-8 hours.
Ketogenic Diet – A high fat, medium protein, low carb diet designed to help your body burn fats as energy instead of glucose.
If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM) – A diet restricting your calorie and macronutrient intake. All foods qualify as long as they fit your designated numbers.
Have you tried any of these diets before?
I’ve tried the low carb diet, intermittent fasting, and IIFYM and they all worked pretty well.
And despite the differences between all 5 dieting methods above, they all work for the same reason:
The main differences is how this calorie restriction happens. The paleo, low carb, and ketogenic diet all restrict calories based on food choices.
Intermittent fasting restricts the amount of time you have to eat calories, and IIFYM is entirely based on calorie restriction.
Is it possible to NOT lose weight on these diets?
Of course, and the only reason is by eating too much but these diets will make it harder to do so.
The truth is if you eat fewer calories than you burn on a daily basis, you will lose weight.
So which diet is best?
In my opinion, I like ‘Flexible Dieting’ which is a lot like IIFYM but with a slightly different approach.
Instead of eating anything that fits your calories, the premise of the diet is eating healthy foods such as chicken, beef, fish, rice, eggs, oats, wheat pasta, fruits, veggies, and beans.
The cool part is that if you go out to eat or crave a cookie, you do what you can to fit it in your diet.
Hence the term ‘flexible’, but not too flexible.
At the end of the day, the best diet is the one you stick with, so it’s a good idea to test them out.
Just remember, the total calories you eat will dictate your results.
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