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