Diets. We have all heard of them, most of us have tried them. I have tried quite a few of them, and I tell you one thing, They are not for me! In this post, I am going to cover the top diets of 2019 (not sure how it’s possible since we just started the year) and what I think of them if I have tried them.
So a little background. I used to be 120 all through school, until I started popping out kids and went through the stresses of life. I got up to 234 before I knew it. November 2018 I decided I was going to lose the weight my way, I was giving up on those fad diets and doing it right. January 2019 I am down to 197, yes, I still have a way to go to get to my goal but that’s not too shabby for 2 months! So let’s get right into these diets!
One of the most talked about diets is the KETO diet. This one I have tried. The keto diet is a low-carb diet. The body produces ketones in the liver to be used as energy. By eating little carbs, you force you body into something called KETOSIS. Ketosis is a natural process the body initiates to help survive then food intake is low. During this those ketones break down and burn the fat in your body. There are “benefits” to the keto diet. Some of those are weight loss, controlling blood sugar, mental focus, increased energy, helps with epilepsy, helps control cholesterol and blood pressure, and can help with acne. But what are the side effects? There is a thing called the “keto Flu”. The “keto flu” is what it sounds like, it is flu symptoms you get from eating the keto diet, without actually having the flu. This is the transition period in your body. It is supposed to only last a week maybe two before stopping. So what can you eat on the keto diet? Meats, anything goes basically here. Fatty fish such as salmon is a good choice. Eggs are great. Butter and cream but try to always get the organic and grass-fed, you want to make sure you are eliminating the chemicals. Cheese, nuts, healthy oils, avocados, low carb veggies (green veggies, tomatoes, onions, peppers) and condiments (salt, pepper, herbs, and spices). Avoid anything else! That includes ketchup, bbq sauce, sugar-free diet foods, alcohol, fruit etc. Now, I tried this diet, my husband and I both did. He felt great, and lost some weight. I, however, did not feel great. I lost 5 pounds in a month, but I felt like I was hit by a bus. That “keto flu” lasted a month for me. The food was so plain, I got tired of it. There is research now, and my doctor also has said, that the keto diet should not be used long-term or by those who do not have a health condition it is known to help control as it can actually affect your heart in the long run. And it is a temporary thing. Yes, people lose a lot of weight when they stick to it, but one mistake kicks you out of ketosis, and once they stop the diet, most gain the weight back. We also found that this diet is kind of pricey, as you have to buy as much organic as possible. Here is a sample recipe.
Another diet is the MEDITERRANEAN DIET. This diet is based on what people in Mediterranean countries eat. It is a high consumption of veggies and olive oil with moderate consumptions of protein. Fish is a big one in this diet. You can have potatoes, whole grains, and fruits as well. This diet is heart healthy as it helps lower the “bad” cholesterol build up in your arteries. This diet is associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality as well as overall mortality. Has a reduced incidence of cancer, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s. One of my fave bonuses of this diet, a glass of wine is good for you! They do suggest having no more than 5 ounces a day for women and no more than 10 ounces for men, and of course do not pick the sugary wine! I tried this diet as well with my husband. I have to say the food was great, the cooking/recipes were easy. There was flavor and there was color! The down fall for me was that I am not a big seafood person, and this diet wants you to eat mostly fish. You can have chicken or other meat only 2 days of the week at a max. I did feel great when eating this diet, and did lose a little weight, but I did not like the fish, I just didn’t eat it. Here is a sample recipe.
The last one I will talk about is the DASH DIET. It stands for dietary approaches to stop hypertension. It is promoted by the National Heart, Lung, And Blood Institute, because it does have benefits to stopping hypertension. It emphasizes on the foods you’ve always been told to eat (fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy). It discourages foods that are high in saturated fat, full-fat dairy, and tropical oils. Also, avoid sugary foods and drinks on this diet. You should add one vegetable or fruit serving to every meal. Try to have one maybe two meat free meals per week, use herbs and spices to make food tastier without using salt. Snack on almonds or pecans instead of chips. Try to use whole-wheat flour instead of white flour, and take a 15-minute walk after lunch or dinner or both! This is a convenient diet and easy to follow, but because of the emphasize on fresh fruit and vegetables. Here is a sample recipe. If you want to lose weight, you need to exercise as well, diet alone will not help it fall off. This diet I have really followed, but I try to eat like this usually.
Fad diets have always been around, and they seem to change constantly. Just when says it helps with certain things, you find out later that there are some negative sides to it too, like the KETO. I decided that I was going to just eat healthier. I eat veggies and fruit, more veggies than fruits usually, because fruits can be sugary if you have too much. I eat mostly chicken, and red meat is rare. We hardly if ever it pork, but that’s just a preference. We do not “snack” and we only have a dessert once every few weeks. I exercise daily usually 30 minutes at least of cardio sometimes more, and we do some DDP Yoga. That works for me, and I am not restricted. I can still go out to a romantic dinner with my husband and make the right choices. I can live my life without having the “diet” looming overhead. Do what you find is right, but for me, it is the “common sense diet”.
Here is some information on each diet.