Dieting for fad, or dieting for health and weight loss? Part 2

Diets come, and diets go. I can think of many different ones I have tried over the years including: the Cabbage Soup diet, Weight Watchers, Atkins diet (high protein, low carb, the Zone diet ( 40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fat), and the South Beach diet (low carb). Some of these diets were just fads, but some basically promote a healthy lifestyle.

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I have lost weight over and over again, however the weight just keeps on coming back. I think my problem is that I  get bored and cannot stick to any one diet for too long.  There is a saying that eating healthy is not dieting, it is a lifestyle. It’s a choice to eat right every day, or at least try to eat right most days, and then let yourself have a cheat day once in a while. It’s a very difficult task, and one that I keep trying to follow.

 

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Along with eating healthy, I have learned that in order to loose any extra unwanted weight, it is very important to drink at least 6-8 or more glasses of water a day, and get regular exercise. If you can do all three of these things together, and stick to it, you should be able to shed those extra pounds you wish to lose. It’s very hard work and takes a lot of  ambition and will power,  I can say this from experience.

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For those of you interested in trying out a different diet, or perhaps a healthier way of eating, you may be interested in learning about one of the following diets that I have heard a lot of buzz about lately.

Sugar Free Diet

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what to eat and what to avoid on a sugar free diet

Here are some tips on going sugar free.

 

 Ketonic Diet 

What is the Ketonic Diet and how does it work? (High fat, low carb diet)

 

Ketosis is a what happens when food intake is low and the body is trying to help you survive. In the Ketosis state, ketones are produced from the breakdown of fats in the liver. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead.

The goal of a properly maintained keto diet is to force your body into this metabolic state through the elimination of most carbohydrates.

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  • Meats – fish, beef, lamb, poultry, eggs, etc.
  • Leafy Greens – spinach, kale, etc.
  • Above ground vegetables – broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
  • High Fat Dairy – hard cheeses, high fat cream, butter, etc.
  • Nuts and seeds – macadamias, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc.
  • Avocado and berries – raspberries, blackberries, and other low glycemic impact berries
  • Sweeteners – stevia, erythritol, monk fruit
  • Other fats – coconut oil, high-fat salad dressing, saturated fats, etc.

Do Not Eat:

  • Grains – wheat, corn, rice, cereal, etc.
  • Sugar – honey, agave, maple syrup, etc.
  • Fruit – apples, bananas, oranges, etc.
  • Tubers – potato, yams, etc.

According to Shape magazine, the best healthy high-fat Keto foods to add to your diet are:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Full-fat greek yogurt
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Cream cheese
  • Tuna and Salmon
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Bacon, yes Bacon !!
  • Algae
  • Olive oil
  • Avocados
  • Eggs
  • Full-fat coconut milk
  • Grass fed steak
  • exotic oils

 

I think there is a lot of controversy around this diet as to whether or not it is healthy. I have read that a Keto diet may lead to high cholesterol and in can even damage your heart and liver. According to Healthline , for most people this is not a diet to be used as a permanent lifestyle.

Do you follow either of these diets? Have you tried these diets in the past. What are your thoughts on either of these diets or lifestyle choices?

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. One thing I’ve personally taken on is to drink more water during the day. I originally started to keep my skin hydrated but I noticed that the more water I drank, the less hungry I was during the day. I definitely didn’t substitute it for any food but it was good to see some of the benefits!

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    1. I have to keep reminding myself to drink more water, I have an app on my phone that reminds me and I still don’t do it! It’s very difficult to remember to do every day!

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  2. This is a great post explaining the differences between Ketosis and Sugar Free! I love the examples and “what to eat/what not to eat”. I find it interesting that both diets claim to have you lose weight, but they are so opposite – what you can eat with one, you can’t eat with the other, and vice versa. I have personally never tried either of these diets but would be reluctant to because I don’t like how limiting they are. I agree with your point about healthy choices being a lifestyle, not a diet. That being said, I have tried the zone diet and felt incredible while following it and did lose weight. It’s not as restrictive as some other diets.

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    1. Thanks for your comments, I really liked the zone diet as well.

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