Low-carbohydrate diet

New Year, New You, New Diet, New Budget

New Year, New You, New Diet, New Budget

We are only a few months into 2016 and some of you have already abandoned that “new year, new you” persona. Some of you might still be plugging away, but might not be seeing the results you were hoping for by now. While getting in the gym or just working out in general is the hardest thing to work into your routine, what truly derails someone off track is food. There is no amount of push-ups you can do if you all you do is go home and eat the same things. Now while there are many diets out there with their advocates, we’ll be talking about the low carb diet.

1..2..3..EAT!!!

The basics of the low carb diet are as such:

Eat meat, fish, eggs, vegetables that grow above ground, and natural fats like butter

Stay away from sugar, starchy foods (bread, pasta, potatoes), and processed foods

Eating a low carb diet helps stabilize your blood sugar levels. Lower blood sugar levels lead to a drop in the fat storing hormone insulin, which leads to an increase in fat burning and a more satisfied feeling.

Uh-huh…What’s it Cost?

Let’s face it. Groceries are already expensive. Going organic or “all natural” only seem to increase the price further. No need to worry though, with some preparation and savvy shopping techniques, you can lighten the blow to your wallet. Two things you can do right now are:

• Shopping List/Coupons

• Portion Control

Before you go to the store on payday or whatever day you do your “major” shopping, make a list of what you need. After researching the low carb diet, find some recipes you like or want to try. Write down the ingredients, then see which ones you already have on hand.

Also, be on the lookout for coupons, deals and even in store promotions that will keep more money in your pocket. Buy some things in bulk for it’ll last longer. When you get these items home, plan your meals out. Including your snacks. Go as far as preparing them as well. True you can eat your fill with the low carb diet, but if you’re also looking to save money, it would be smart to plan out your meals. If your living arrangements include a backyard, think about growing your own vegetables.

The new year isn’t in full swing just yet. There’s still time to get back on track or increase your momentum.

Today’s Fad Diet Trends

Today’s Fad Diet Trends

Over the years, fad diets comprised of non-meat, liquids and fasting have emerged, promising great results within a short time. In most cases, these fad diets all have one similarity, they promise quick and rapid weight loss, with very high restrictions on the types of foods and the amounts recommended daily. No matter what age, these restrictive diets can be dangerous. Recent rankings defined fad diets less nutritious for health reasons and less responsive for long term weight loss.

Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is one of the most recent to emerge based on the idea that good diets include meat, green leafy plants and fruits in their natural state. It eliminates processed foods, which may make finding these food sources difficult. The diet is very restrictive and can be confusing to some. The recommendations are sometimes very high in saturated fats, and there’s also the fact that we have evolved somewhat since the Paleo age.

Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet is another low carb diet, offering a support regime for weight loss. The difficulties are the rules, and the banning of food groups, particularly grains and fruit. For the short term like the other fad diets, it works, as a long term to maintain the weight loss, it’s questionable.

Raw Food Diet

The Raw Food Diet is a vegetarian diet with restrictions for dairy products, meat, and temperatures for cooking foods because the heat breaks down the nutrients. Weight loss does happen, if the diet restrictions are maintained, but there are similar vegetarian diets that accomplish weight loss without restrictions.

Atkins

The Atkins diet has been around for a while, as one of most popular low-carb diets, especially for those looking for quick and rapid weight loss. The concept is to limit the amount of carbohydrates forcing the body to use its own fat for fuel leading to weight loss. Weight can be affect because the body’s fuel is sugar causing a high energy when sugar is available and tiredness when sugar is low. Natural reaction for the body is to store sugar when levels are low preventing weight loss.

Fast Diet

The Fast Diet requires 5 days of normal eating without restrictions and 2 days of fasting with a limited amount of eating. There is a scheduled time frame for eating, which forces the body to fast through the day and replenish in the evening. The goal is to lose body fat quickly, with calorie restriction, eating only proteins and vegetables along with fasting. Although the weight disappears, there are health concerns for some related to intermitted fasting.