FAD OR FAB?

There are two kinds of di­ets: quick fixes and those that de­liver long-term re­sults.

Herworld (Malaysia) - - WELLBEING -

Fol­low­ing a cer­tain diet can be dif­fi­cult for many, es­pe­cially when we live in a coun­try where the food is ir­re­sistible. Find out if these favourite di­ets of 2018 are bona fide health switches or un­sus­tain­able fads.

1 IN­TER­MIT­TENT FAST­ING

Pro­po­nents of this diet cy­cle be­tween short pe­ri­ods of fast­ing – eat­ing ei­ther noth­ing at all or mas­sively cut­ting calo­ries – and keep­ing to usual eat­ing pat­terns. You can choose to fast ev­ery al­ter­nate day or two days out of the week. It claims to pro­mote weight loss along with re­duc­ing fat mass.

VER­DICT: Fad diet! The ex­treme and sud­den changes in di­etary habits can shock your sys­tem. Ac­cord­ing to the Har­vard School of Pub­lic Health’s blog, there is no strong rec­om­men­da­tion for this diet for weight loss as of now, as not much re­search has been done on it.

2 KETO

The keto diet does away with carbs (which ad­mit­tedly sounds im­pos­si­ble!) in favour of fats in­stead. The two most im­por­tant nt com­po­nents are fat-rich foods and pro­tein – you u can start your day with some cof­fee or tea, a, ba­con and eggs. Of course, you would also need to stay ac­tive to o reap the ben­e­fits of this diet.

VER­DICT: Fad diet! It might seem like a quick way to lose fat, but it’s usu­ally hard to keep up in the long-term.

3 MEDITER­RANEAN

This diet draws from the healthy habits of var­i­ous south­ern Euro­pean re­gions. Your plate will be filled with beans, nuts, olive oil, nuts, fish, poul­try, and grains. These are the in­gre­di­ents for a meal that’s low in trans-fats, and also free from re­fined oils and pro­cessed foods. An oc­ca­sional glass of red wine with your meal is okay.

VER­DICT: Fab diet! Also known as the ‘longevity diet', it works best when paired with an ac­tive life­style.

4 DASH

Var­i­ous di­eti­cians and news re­ports list the DASH Diet as num­ber one in the best di­ets to fol­low. What’s so great about it is that you don’t have to elim­i­nate any food groups – so no ma­jor changes to your cur­rent eat­ing habits! But do take note of por­tion con­trol, and avoid eat­ing foods con­tain­ing pro­cessed sugar, ex­cess salt and sat­u­rated fats. With this as a guide­line, you can take any cui­sine and de­sign a meal plan ac­cord­ing to your nec­es­sary calo­rie in­take – even if you’re ve­gan or gluten in­tol­er­ant.

VER­DICT: Fab diet! Great for the long-term and you don’t have to al­ter your eat­ing habits too much.

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