Your bestie switched to the Keto diet and experienced HUGE results, but when you tried it you didn’t have quite the same success. What’s the prob here???
Super common question I’m asked & the answer is simple – our bio-individuality means we all have a different makeup and need different things at different times in our lives in order to thrive.
There are SO many diets available, each with their own set of rules, it’s confusing to know which is best for you, so here’s a quick post to drown out the noise and help you make a decision.
The Keto diet is an ultra-low carb, high-fat diet that is designed to put your body into a state called ‘ketosis’ (which means your body becomes more efficient at burning fat as a fuel source).
Minimizing your carb count forces your body to go looking for other energy sources and kickstarts ketosis. When your body is in a state of ketosis, it moves from burning sugar to burning fat, and this speeds up weight loss.
When following the keto diet, about 75% of your daily calories should come from healthy fats such as coconut oil, ghee, grass-fed butter, fatty fish, or olive oil, (NOPE, NOT Cheese!) which acts as an alt fuel source, and 15-20% of your cals should come from protein, which aids immune function, tissue repair, and muscle growth.
The PALEO diet comes from knowledge learned from the Paleolithic way of life & applies it to how we live today, to help us eat better and move more. While most people follow a diet to lose LBSm this diet aims to heal your gut wall, restore digestive function, resolve microbial imbalances, restore nutrient deficiencies, and support your body’s own pathways of detoxification.
On the paleo diet, you can eat organic, whole, and unprocessed foods such as grass-fed meat, wild-caught fish, pastured free-range poultry and eggs, and greens and non-starchy vegetables such as broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower, and mushrooms. You can also occasionally eat nuts, seeds, and fruit.
Grains, legumes, dairy products, alcohol, caffeine, and sugar are to be strictly avoided, this includes cane sugar, golden syrup, corn syrup, honey, agave, and maple syrup.
*The Autoimmune-Paleo Diet is one that I whole-heartedly believe in as it really sped up my own personally healing process and that of many of my clients. A modified version of Paleo that removes more potentially gut inflamming offenders like Eggs, legumes, nuts/seeds, nightshades etc.
Fasting is becoming a super popular diet trend with a few variations. When your body is in an intermittent fasting state, your blood glucose levels drop and insulin production decreases, which prompts your body to start burning stored energy (carbohydrates), then after 12 hours, when your body runs out of stored energy, it will begin to burn stored fat.
Fasting every other day has been shown to help people lose weight, but only in the short term, and it’s not advised to fast for long periods of time as your body needs vitamins, minerals, and nutrients from food to survive. You can also experience dizziness, fatigue, constipation, and dehydration if you fast for a long time. And if you have diabetes, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have a chronic disease, you should not fast at all. **I PERSONALLY NEVER RECOMMEND THIS TO ANYONE however I love IF and practice it myself.
The premise behind the Whole30 diet is to eliminate unhealthy and inflammatory food groups for 30 days to help increase your energy levels, shift weight you’ve been trying to lose, and rid yourself of any niggling aches and pains.
This means you need to cut out sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, and dairy (ghee or clarified butter are accepted). You are also banned from junk foods, even if they’re made with approved ingredients because Whole30 aims to encourage a healthy lifestyle and evoke long term change.
The RAW food diet is primarily made up of unprocessed and uncooked fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, and seaweed.
The benefits of following the raw food diet are that it is low in sodium and keeps your blood pressure in check thanks to all of the fruit and vegetables you’ll eat, however, raw food lacks many essential nutrients including protein, iron, calcium, and vitamin B12.
Something I consider vitally important when analyzing what you put in your mouth on a daily basis:
If Mother Nature made it, eat it. If it’s made in a lab or requires significant human intervention, limit your consumption or cut it out.
I support the idea of becoming a 'qualitarian' and focusing more on the quality of our food; eating lots of fresh vegetables that are grown locally, in season, and organic; incorporating healthy fats into your diet and consuming a moderate amount of grains. I’m also a fan of doing a cleanse every now and then when you feel like your body needs a reset.
What has been your experience with trending diets? Let me know in the comments below.
I hope you've enjoyed our time together today! Thanks for stopping by!
Brianna Marie, Holistic Healing Fit Club
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