Life, Weightloss

Dieting? Lets compare trends

Here is that dreaded “D” word again diet. We have all seen the commercials, heard the chatter, seen the posters, and looked at the websites for every fad diet out there. We even tried many of them ourselves after hearing a celebrity swear by it. However do we really know which one is best for us and which ones do what.

Lets compare some. We will go with Mediterranean Diet {this is the one I am on}, Keto/Atkins, Fasting, and Paleo.

As for Atkins/Keto, they are basically the same diet. One is easier to follow than the other in some cases. With Keto you eat high fat, moderate portions, and low to no carb foods. With Atkins you go through phases 1-4 to complete the program and can even buy their meals and snacks to help you along the way. In phase 1 of the program you can have 20-25 grams of net carbs a day {to calculate whole foods: fiber – carbs= net carbs; processed foods: fiber- sugars-carbs= net carbs} and not eat fruit, bread, pasta, grains, starchy vegetables, or dairy products other than cheese, cream or butter, and do not eat nuts or seeds in the first two weeks. Foods that combine protein and carbohydrates, such as chickpeas, kidney beans, and other legumes are also not permitted at this time.

Keto Diet

Now the Paleo Diet or better known as the Caveman Diet. If we can hunt it we can eat it! Simple as that. If we didn’t have it during the Paleolithic era than you don’t get to eat it.

This is the basics of it!

Now with JC and WW you have to follow their food plan or buy the meal kits. You count calories with these. You are allowed so many points/calories a day to eat. Most of the time you have to buy their foods or foods with their points on them. As with Nutrisystem you buy the kit eat what and when they tell you to. Lets face it everyone has seen or heard a gimmick about the latest weight loss kick.


Now fasting has been done for many many centuries. Many do it for Lent or other religious times of the year. Many cultures do it as a way of life. Fasting has many different ways 5:2, 16:8, warrior, alternate day, eat-stop-eat, and spontaneous meal skipping.

5:2 fasting is eating normally for 5 days a week and fasting 500-600 calories only on 2 days.

16:8 fasting is fasting daily for 14-16 hours at a time and only eating in an 8-10 hour window. You can drink water, coffee and other non-caloric beverages during this window, and this can help reduce hunger levels.

Warrior fasting is eating very small amounts of RAW fruits and vegetables during the day and a huge meal at night during a 4 hour window.

Alternate day fasting is fasting every other day. Still many forms of this with the most popular being only consuming 500 calories on the days you do eat.

Eat-Stop-Eat fasting is doing a 24 hour fast 1-2 days a week.

Spontaneous Meal Skipping is skipping a meal when convenient.

The Mediterranean Diet is a little simpler to follow for most and is considered by many physicians to be the healthiest diet in the world. It follows the basics of eating what people in the Mediterranean eat. You cut out red meat or limit it to 1-2 times a month, sweets, butter/margarine, and salts.  Eating primarily plant-based foods, such as fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts. Healthy fats such as olive oil and canola oil. Using herbs and spices instead of salt to flavor foods. I eat as my ancestors ate/do eat. Vodka is also allowed on this diet for those who love to drink!

Mediterranean Plate

As with any diet plan no matter what it is you need physical activity and you have to drink plenty of water. Also below you will find tips on figuring out if your “hunger pains” are physical or emotional. Also another good tip is when you are hungry drink 8 oz of water wait 10 minutes and if you are still hungry have something healthy if you are no longer hungry it was just your body telling you that you are dehydrated.

It is recommended that you drink 8 glasses {8 oz each glass} of water a day however if you are more active you may need more than that. Water helps your body flush out toxins that we breathe and eat.

Cheers to a NEW you & a NEW life,


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