Like we said in Part 1, there are an overwhelming number of options when it comes to choosing a new diet plan. So how do you pick just one? Our motto has always been eat real food. These 3 popular diets focus on real food and nutrition, so we had our registered dietitian weigh in on the benefits of each.
The Mediterranean diet is founded upon consuming fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, fish, shellfish and heart healthy fats (avocados, olive oil) – those you’d find in abundance along the Mediterranean sea. Similar to the Mediterranean diet, Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (D.A.S.H) aims to increase potassium-rich fruits and vegetables (heart healthy), reduce sodium and cut back saturated and trans fat.
For those on a S.A.D (Standard American Diet), transitioning to a higher intake of fruits, vegetables and reducing refined and processed foods will have a favorable impact on blood pressure, triglycerides and weight. Any diet promoting fresh fruits, vegetables, quality fats, high fiber carbohydrates and protein is a “diet” we can get behind.
Whole30 relies on simplicity: eat real food. Create a plate with high quality meats, like seafood and eggs. Next, load it up with nutrient dense veggies and add in 1-2 portions of fruit throughout the day. Whole30 promotes using healthy, naturally occurring fats, herbs and spices for cooking and flavor. Your best options will always be food with only itself or real food as ingredients (think ‘Red Pepper’ instead of ‘Red 40’).
For 30 days avoid: added sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, MSG, baked goods or “healthy” treats. Avoiding these ingredients and providing your body the essential nutrients it needs allows it to detoxify, reduce inflammation and function optimally.
One of the greatest benefits of Whole30 is that when done properly, day 31 doesn’t mean you now “fall off the wagon.” Just because your 30 days are done, you are now armed with the education and tools to make lifelong better decisions about the food you put on your plate.
The latest diet sweeping the headlines has shifted towards high fat, moderate protein and low carbohydrate – the ketogenic diet. Although only recently gaining media attention, this diet has been around for decades as a treatment for seizures. In a nutshell, keto relies on using ketones (made by the body from fat) for energy rather than carbohydrates (blood glucose). Limiting carbs to 10-15% of daily calories (50-75g of 2,000 calories/day) shifts the body into “fat burning mode”. One of the biggest mistakes here can be cutting out fruits and veggies in order to keep carbs down. Skimping on essential vitamins and fiber may not show signs initially but can take a toll on your body in the long run.
When it comes down to the battle royale of which diet is superior, no blog can answer that for you. In the end, it’s all about which diet works for your body. Does it work with your lifestyle, do you feel energetic and ready to take on the day, or are you dragging your butt to work each day? You may find that following the diet’s exact “rules” doesn’t work as well for you. Our bodies are all drastically different and as your life changes so does your body, meaning what it needs now may be different in a year or even a week.
So listen to your body and choose a diet that keeps you energized and motivates you to stay on track! Stop in to any Eat Fit Go store and our knowledgeable staff will help you choose meals to fit your dietary needs, or drop us a Facebook message!