D for diet - part 1

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D for diet - part 1

21st Aug 2014

Diets - FAD or FIX? Part I

I don't like the word diet, to me it's a quick fix, I prefer saying 'healthy eating'. There are so many diets out there, I could fill a blog with just a list of all the diets that are around. You've probably heard of some of them, over this 3 part blog I will look at the popular ones and summarise in part 3.

5:2 Diet or 16:8
This is also known as intermittent fasting, you eat normally on 5 days but fast on 2 days. Another example of a fasting is eating normally for 16 hours and dieting for 8 hours. It's a very easy way to reduce calorie intake. It should only be used as short term diet and you should always have an exit strategy for the diet.

Pros
    • Dieting for 2 days a week is easier that doing a full 7.
    • Restricting 2 days a week can lead to reductions in fat.
    • Reduce risks of chronic diseases.

Cons
    • Not everyone can fast, check with your GP.
    • You still need to be strict on normal eating days.
    • Some have difficulty sleeping, bad breath and dehydration.


Paleo Diet
This is also known as the caveman diet, where you go back to what cavemen used to eat. So you eat foods that can be hunted, fished or gathered such as meat, eggs, nuts and vegetables. You have to be careful though as it excludes some of the major food groups which can cause nutritional deficiencies unless substitutions are found.

Pros
    • Doesn't involve calorie counting.
    • Encourages you to eat less processed foods which are high in fat.
    • Very simple to follow that if it can be hunted, fished or gathered you can eat it.

Cons
    • Can be a very expensive diet.
    • Diet lacks in some micronutrients such as calcium and Vitamin D.
    • The diet can be harder for vegetarians due to it being predominantly meat and excludes beans.


Part 2 to follow soon...