There’s a better than average chance that you’ve entertained the idea of trying out a diet (or many for some of us). If not, you certainly know “that guy” or “that girl” who’s always going on and on about the current fad diet of the week they’re on. It’s really easy to “drink the punch” and blindly follow the advice of people who are completely unqualified in nutrition and dieting. Choosing a diet that’s the best fit involves your health and well being so it is crucial to have all of the facts before starting.
Today, we’ll get acquainted with some of the most utilized diet trends in the world currently. Popularity aside, it is best to get a sound understanding of how these diets work. It could make the difference between falling off the wagon or staying seated on it. Let’s get started below ⬇️
Keto or Ketogenic Diet
You don’t have to strain your eyes too much to see or hear a lot of hype about the keto diet.
Suffice it to say, it has experienced a boost in popularity paralleled with the CrossFit program.
This kind of makes sense if you think about the strictness and discipline involved with both.
CrossFit is a high-intensity workout where you do a “WOD,” which stands for workout of the day. It leaves no prisoners and can really cause a fast transformation in your body. Fast forward to the keto diet and you have a similar effect. It is also high intensity in the fact that you give up a lot with the hope to gain a lot in return, such as weight loss, better brain function, reduced inflammation, and more energy.
The way it works is, you simply reduce your carbs to a low point while consuming a moderate amount of protein and a high amount of fat. The key here is, you consume a MODERATE amount of protein. Newbies to this diet often do not follow this guideline and they inhale mounds of animal protein. That’s not how it works.
The idea is to keep your blood sugar levels low. Although it does not spike your blood sugar as much or as fast as carbs, protein will still do it. That’s why you are only supposed to eat a moderate amount. And for the record, those going really hardcore with Keto will only consume 30 g of carbs per day. But the general average is 50 grams.
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Paleo or Paleolithic Diet
The Paleo Diet was actually the first big thing in the CrossFit community, then keto sort of took the lead.
It’s still popular today but has a more broad appeal.
Much like the keto diet, it’s restrictive, but to a lesser degree. It is based around the Paleolithic times where things like processed grains, baked goods, certain fruits, and certain vegetables were not available.
The primary fare was wild game, nuts, seeds, berries and anything else that could be foraged off the land. Paleo is all about consuming real, organic, wholesome foods and sweeteners – all natural baby!
There is nothing processed, artificial or fake to be found in Paleo foods.
There are even companies out there that make everything from Paleo nutrition bars to candy bars to pancake mixes to cakes, cookies and everything in between. This goes for keto as well. If you are looking for a clean diet that is not as restrictive with carb intake, then paleo is going to be a good option for you.