Summer is almost over but it’s never too late to start working out for your next summer body! Take a look at these new trendy diets and pick the one that best suits you!
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DIET AND EXERCISE WORK HAND IN HAND
In order to lose weight, you must burn more calories than you consume. Depending on your height and weight, your average caloric intake differs from the next person. If a person exercises an hour every day but still has bad eating habits, there won’t be much of a change. On the other hand, if a person exercises 3-4 times a week and has a balanced diet, there should be noticeable results within two weeks! Dieting is harder than it seems, but there are tons of new ways to incorporate new eating habits into your daily lives.
The Vegan Diet has been on the rise and has caught the hearts of many. This diet consists of beans, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and other plant based products. The diet strictly excludes all forms of meat, fish, eggs, and all forms of diary. This diet is very popular for young adults between the ages of 16-34. Some people have chosen to go vegan because it’s become very popular on social media, even celebrities have chosen to follow this diet which influenced some of their fans. Although some people go vegan because the influence of others, there are much more reasons. Going vegan helps the environment because plant based products are more accessible than animal products. Also, it’s healthy because it prevents the consumption of chemicals an animal based diet can give you such as the consumption of Mercury or Salmonella. The positives of going Vegan includes the prevention of: Cardiovascular disease, prostate cancer, arthritis, type 2 diabetes, and much more.
The downside of going vegan is the lack of nutrients a plant based diet cannot receive. Research shows that vegan diets are low in calcium, vitamin D, and also lacks B12. Another downside of going vegan is that there aren’t much options to choose from when dining out with friends or family. Also, there isn’t any evident research that shows this lifestyle will make a person healthier.
Low Caloric Intake Diet
In order to have a low calorie diet a person usually eats between 800 to 1,500 calories a day. With new innovative apps such as MyFitnessPal, you can count how many calories you eat per day which makes this diet easier to do. MyFitnessPal particularly asks for the user’s height and weight, then determines what should their daily calorie intake should be. A person who’s on a low caloric diet usually eats 200 calories less than their daily caloric intake. There are also weekly meal plans that consists of low calories and online kitchens that provide cooking recipes for low calorie meals. Low caloric diets can improve weight loss which can better health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and high blood pressure.
Low caloric diets can lead to malnutrition. If the calorie intake goes too low, then the body isn’t getting the nutrients it needs which leads to starvation mode. Other cons are the side effects which include: fatigue, constipation, nausea, diarrhea, and in some serious cases gallstones.
Another popular diet on the rise is known as detoxing! Detoxing helps cleanse and recharge the body. There are different types of detox such as: lemon, cucumber, green smoothies, orange, teas, and much more. A person can choose to do daily, weekly, or monthly detox. Some detoxes only allows the consumption of one drink for the day – no food, snacks, or juice. For example, for the green smoothie detox, there would be a smoothie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…no substitutions. Other forms of detox allow one session a day whether it’s for lunch, dinner, or simply just drinking lemon water in replacement of coffee or juice. Detox diets help improve liver and kidney functions and also help improve weight loss, clear skin, and boost energy.
On the other hand, detoxing can cause bloating, constipation, and fatigue. The diet is not recommended for everyone and is not proven to remove toxins better than the natural body’s way of doing so. Detox are also not considered long term, but rather as a kick start to a healthier lifestyle.
The Mediterranean diet is another heavily based plant based diet that includes dairy products, seafood and fish in moderation but limits red meat intake to once or twice a month. This diet also replaces butter with healthier options such as olive or canola oil. Instead of using salt to season food, the Mediterranean diet encourages the use of herbs and other spices. Other key components to this diet include exercise, optional wine intake, and sharing meals with your family. Like the other diets, the Mediterranean diet is shown to improve health by reducing the risk of heart disease, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s.
The only downside to this diet is that the portions to eat per day may be a little confusing. Since the diet doesn’t give a suggested number of calories or meal size, it is completely left to the individual. This can lead in overeating, and in some cases under-eating.
So, whether you chose to go vegan, download MyFitnessPal, or even create your own new diet—it’s completely up to you! Remember to always consult with your doctor to see if a certain diet will be right for you. Keep in mind, with challenge comes change and perseverance is the key!