Depending on what you want from your diet will also affect the type of diet you choose and how it will work for you. We have covered healthy living before and one thing we are aware of is that not every diet will work for every person that try’s it.
We thought we would highlight a few diets based on lifestyle rather than pushing yourself to the limit and not actually enjoying yourself in the slightest. When your diet fits into your lifestyle and the way you want to live your life you will find it so much easier to succeed and become healthier.
First you need to look at what you are wanting to get from your diet. Is this something you are doing to get fit and healthy or is it a drastic way for you to lose weight in the shortest possible time? For people undertaking diets for the latter, you will find it difficult to maintain and stick with your diet plus you are probably putting your health at risk. A diet should be something that fits into your day to day schedule and is done under controlled circumstances.
People feel under pressure more and more these days to fit in, with the images portrayed on social media it’s easy to see why people feel under so much pressure that they should have the body of a Victoria’s Secret model. For a diet to work out for you take a look at your body type, lifestyle and what you would like to achieve.
Are you looking into dieting for the right reasons and are you approaching your potential diet in the right way? Looking at body type and food types is a great way to start and incorporating exercise alongside your diet will garner the best results.
Let’s look at some of the most popular diets
The Atkins diet – so this one is more of a nutritional approach and requires you to control the amount of carbohydrates you intake in order to control the amount of insulin you produce. This essentially allows you to eat all the protein and fat as you like whilst avoiding carbohydrates – sounds good right? Well it does come with its own risks so make sure you do thorough research and talk to a health profession before you begin a diet like this.
Ketogenic – this diet also includes lowering carbohydrate intake and upping the levels of fats that you eat. This will make your body burn fat as a fuel instead of carbohydrates by choosing to eat what is known as a healthy fat you will maintain the emphasis on fat burning. Healthy fats include foods like, coconuts, oily fish, Brazil nuts and avocado’s.
Weight watchers – weight watchers have been around for a very long time. For the older generation we will remember our mums talking about this new weight loss craze that came about in the 1960s but really took off in the late 80s early 90s. It was a diet, exercise and support network. Part of its success was down to its accessibility and you can still attend meetings either online or in person to this day.
Vegetarian – studies and research has shown that vegetarians tend to have a lower body weight and suffer from less infections and diseases – it is even thought they have a longer life expectancy than those who eat meat. Although there is a number of different categories vegetarians will fall into most will still choose to eat foods such as dairy, honey and eggs. Sounds pretty good to us!
Your diet needs to fit into your day to day schedule and your routine, so what type of diet will best suit your needs?
Your busy, like really busy – we get it, you have active lifestyles and need fuel on the go. Your body will need energy to keep up this fast pace of living, your lifestyle dictates this. Fast food is available on every corner but is it possible to eat healthy on the go? First things first. Don’t skip breakfast – you’ll be less inclined to give into temptation on the way to work! Stay hydrated – water is extremely important to overall good health. Make healthy decisions – it is possible to get a healthy alternative to burgers and pizzas at most fast food outlets nowadays and there is also a multitude of vegan and vegetarian options available for those that need to eat on the move.
When you are retired you may have more time on your hands to take care of yourself and eat well. You may have special dietary requirements that need to be met, eating well as you get older may mean having foods such as carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables. Eating foods packed with vitamins and minerals will help you keep in tip top form alongside things like regular exercise. It would benefit you to discuss your diet with your GP if you have any concerns or notice any sudden changes in your body. Having a little more time on your hands ensures you can prep meals and make sure you are getting the right kind of fuel.