When it comes to losing weight, you'll find plenty of information about what you should and should not do. Year after year, trendy diets come and go and leave people wondering what the best diet is for them.
While any of these diets may help you lose weight if you stick to them, keep in mind that if you want to keep off the weight you lose, you'll need to make healthy lifestyle changes you can live with over the long-term.
Still interested in the diet buzz? Here's the low-down on some of today's most popular diets:
The Keto Diet
The ketogenic diet is designed to restrict carbohydrate intake so you burn fat for energy instead of carbohydrates, also known as the metabolic state of ketosis. It is a high fat, low carb, moderate protein diet. The goal is to consume only 5-10% of total calories as carbohydrates. You'll eat fats, like avocado, nuts, seeds and oils, as well as meats and full-fat dairy. But no bread, pasta, starchy vegetables or foods containing sugar. This diet has received lots of attention due to its impressive weight loss and health benefits for some chronic diseases. It's also touted for improving energy levels. But if you don't like very strict diets, the Keto diet is not for you.
The Paleo Diet
This diet focuses on eating foods that were consumed by our ancestors. This means all whole foods and no processed foods. You'll eat protein, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and healthy fats. There is no weighing, measuring or counting. Simply eat real food – if a caveman would eat it, you can eat it. This is a nutrient-dense diet that is strict but sustainable, as long as you don't mind limiting your carbs and can live without processed food.
The Whole 30® Diet
This diet is similar to the Paleo diet but stricter. It is designed to be done for 30 days as a way to reset your body. You will eat whole unprocessed foods, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs, fish, poultry, meat and some healthy fats. You will eat no grains, legumes, dairy products, soy, alcohol, sugars or artificial ingredients. Whole 30 helps reset your gut and reduces inflammation in your body.
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Date Last Reviewed: November 16, 2018
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