Your diet should suit your lifestyle and surrounding culture. The one that suits makes life easy. The food items should be accessible from where you live. To make things easy, mankind has developed a multitude of dietary systems to help everyone on this planet and even at space!
By consuming protein rich food, you are consuming lesser calories. Meat, eggs, poultry and fish belongs to this bracket. Carbohydrate and sugar rich food such as chocolates, chips, rice, sugar, cereals are off the plate. This is how the Atkins diet works in a nutshell. The simple theory of Atkins claims you are using up stored fats, by reducing your calorie intake. The weight loss benefits of Atkins are well documented. The only downside is it is a tad expensive.
A lot of fat loss diets simply tells you to eat certain types of food and avoid certain types of food. This simple formula hardly works. On the other hand, Ketogenic diet is about how your body feels. Most importantly, it focuses on how your body uses energy by placing it into a state known as Ketosis. In Ketosis, your body starts using substances known as Ketone bodies. These are produced by your body fat, triglycerides. For decades, this diet has been used to cure Epilepsy.
In this context, Mediterranean refers to Southern European region only. The diet focuses on eating habits of Spain, Greece, Portugal, Crete, Southern France and Southern Italy. It cannot emphasize more on fresh fruits, plant foods, whole grains, beans, seeds and olive oil for fats. The main dairy foods include cheese and yogurt. The diet allows moderate amounts of poultry and fish. The leeway includes low amounts of wine, about 4 eggs per week and tiny amount of red meat.
This diet is making rounds in social media and internet on the whole. What exactly is it? Paleo is short for Paleolithic era. 2.5 mya, during this Paleolithic era, humans only eat food that is readily available in their environment. This caveman diet involves grass fed proteins, fish, eggs, nuts, fibers, plant based oils and to some degree, fruits. These are great food choices, anyone can benefit from. It helps avoid conditions like diabetes and obesity.
Raw diet constitutes of food and drinks that are not processed. It is 100% plant based and preferably organic. At least, three quarters of your food intake should come uncooked. Plenty of other diets overlap with the raw diet. Some of the raw foodies are vegans too. They do not eat or drink anything animal based. The four major categories of raw foodies are raw vegans, raw vegetarians, raw carnivores and raw omnivores.
Vegetarian diet is followed all over the world for thousands of years. Ancient religions have been formulated primarily around vegetarian diets. Since it spans over continents, it has umpteen variations. You got lacto-vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian, lacto-ovo-vegetarian, semi-vegetarian and more. Most vegetarians in the world are the lacto-ovo kinds, who avoid animal based foods, except dairy, egg and honey. Vegetarians mostly fall on the lower weight spectrum. They are less prone to diseases in their lengthy lifespan than people who eat meat.
Vegans are defined by their take on life, rather just their diet. Vegans adopt veganism for environmental and compassionate reasons, in addition to health reasons. They say no to anything that’s animal-based. The list of exceptions includes dairy, egg and honey. Saying no to modern intensive farming methods is part of the vegan philosophy. Vegans believe such methods are bad to the environment. Moreover it is unsustainable in the long run. Veganism centers on physical as well as mental health.