You’ve been reading about the benefits of taking ‘dysfunctional’ diets for years.
And you know you’re not alone.
There are thousands of people on the internet who have tried a range of diets and feel they’re working.
But the truth is, the evidence to support them is mixed.
There’s little evidence to show that these diets are actually helping you lose weight, or that the ‘disease’ is caused by them.
It’s also not clear how effective some diets actually are, and there’s no guarantee that the ingredients in your favourite diet are healthy for you.
So how can you know if you’re on the right track?
What is a ‘dying diet’?
There’s no standard definition of a ‘healthy’ diet, but there are some rules to keep in mind.
It starts with a healthy diet that contains: healthy fats, carbs, proteins and micronutrients A diet with a high intake of fibre and plant-based foods A diet that is low in refined grains, sugar, processed foods and alcohol There’s a lot more to a healthy lifestyle than simply consuming a certain number of calories or sticking to a certain amount of protein.
And there are more than a few different types of diets, with some suggesting they can help you lose or maintain weight.
So what are these diets?
Diet labels The first thing to consider when looking at any diet is what you’re eating.
The more you eat, the more nutrients you’re absorbing, and the better your body absorbs them.
That means you’re better able to absorb nutrients that your body doesn’t naturally make.
A diet labelled as ‘healthy’, for example, might mean you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs from plant-food sources.
Or you might have a low-carb, low-fat diet that involves eating plenty of plant-made foods, such as nuts, seeds and whole grains.
But if you eat more than the recommended daily intake of carbohydrates and protein, your body will not absorb them.
There is also the issue of protein intake.
Most people are missing out on protein when they’re on a ‘low carb’ diet.
In fact, most people who don’t take a low carb diet do so at a higher rate than those on a healthy weight-loss diet.
However, some studies have shown that people on a low carbohydrate diet are actually healthier than those who follow a healthy low-protein diet.
So it’s not just a matter of protein and carbs.
Many diets also include micronuts.
These are tiny, protein-rich compounds found in foods like nuts, beans and fish, which help to build your muscles.
Micronuts are also very good for you when you’re trying to shed excess body fat.
Microns help reduce your chances of developing type 2 diabetes, and also reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 cancer and stroke.
These compounds are also present in some vegetables, including spinach, spinach leaves and collard greens.
The idea is that eating these foods will keep you fuller longer, which can help to keep you on track with your weight loss goals.
What do you need to do to be on track?
It’s a good idea to start with a low calorie diet, and then work your way up.
You can add in a healthy dose of fibre to your diet if you like, and some people say it’s important to consume some fruit and vegetables to help boost your energy levels.
You might also find that you need a protein-packed snack, such a snack that includes protein-fortified foods, like nuts and seeds, or beans and pulses.
These foods are good for your gut bacteria and can help keep your digestive tract healthy.
So if you are looking to lose weight or lose body fat, it’s probably a good time to start eating more protein and fibre, especially if you already eat a healthy amount of food and are on a regular diet.
How long does it take to lose your weight?
For most people, losing weight requires a diet that’s balanced, with plenty of fibre, vegetables and plenty of fat-burning protein.
However if you want to lose more weight, you may need to eat more protein than the suggested daily intake.
A study from the University of Southern Queensland found that those on diets with a lot of protein had a lower risk of developing Type 2 diabetes than those eating more fibre.
It also showed that people who ate more fibre had lower risk for heart disease, stroke and Type 2 obesity.
What are some of the side effects?
People on diets often experience side effects, including headaches, diarrhoea and stomach upset.
The side effects of a healthy healthy diet include: no appetite for food or drink