There are many diet regimens out there. Maybe even thousands of weight loss eating plans, but not all of it are healthy or safe to follow. There are also diet regimens to put on some weight, decrease bad cholesterol, prolonging life, and more. It’s not called “diet.” It is an eating lifestyle.
What constitutes a “popular” diet regimen? From an online source, a simplified diet regimen has these three things – its popularity over the net regarding online articles, how famous it is among people, and feedback of people following the regimen.
In Atkins, the whole approach is to limit the insulin levels of the body by consuming a low-carb diet. Carbohydrates, if over absorbed, can spike blood sugar levels to an unhealthy state. Fat arising from it will not be utilized as an energy source. Anyway, carbs are controlled, but protein and healthy fats are good to eat. Ask your doctor first if you’re able to handle Atkins Diet.
Zone diet is all about a balance of nutrients. The whole meal is composed of 40% carbs (mostly unrefined and high quality), 30% fats (nuts, olive oil, and avocado are recommended), and 30% lean protein. It is also about regulating blood sugar levels, and the whole point is to shed off excess weight efficiently.
At first, Ketogenic diet was available for treating patients with epilepsy. Today, it is a popular diet program for those who want to lose weight by minimizing carbs and adding more of healthy fats in the diet. It may sound weird, right? Why eat fatty foods? Well, consumption of healthy fatty foods can cause a state called “ketosis.” It can improve a person’s metabolism and change one’s body structure. Aside from that, it is useful in managing diabetes and can help in losing weight.
Vegetarian Diet/Vegan Diet
Vegetarian is not vegan. While these two have their similarities, there are also significant differences.
Most people who follow vegetarian and vegan diets don’t eat animal-derived foods like eggs, milk, dairy and the likes. Vegetarians are also categorized as lacto (they don’t eat dairy), fruitarian (mostly fruits, nuts and seeds), lacto-ovo (they eat eggs and dairy products), living food (they eat fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, algae and the likes – raw foods), ovo (they eat eggs), pesco (they eat fish and seafood), and semi-vegetarian (they eat some meat, fish, shellfish, but mostly veggies).
Vegan is more like a way of living and not a diet regimen. Their belief extends up to the environment. They have their principles regarding harming living things (animals), and they’re into green living.
Vegetarians and vegans prove to be healthier, physically and mentally, compared to meat eaters.
Weight Watchers Diet
The name itself explicitly says – the diet will be “watching your weight.” Weight Watchers is all about losing excess pounds by eating right, exercising, and a community of people for moral support. It was developed and co-founded by a stay-at-home mom back sixties, Jean Nidetch. The reason why she formulated all these was, at that time, a personal choice. She lost weight and didn’t want to put it back on. The network extends worldwide and can be done through physical meet-ups or online. They offer endless support and knowledge about food, eating, losing weight, exercise and many more.