Diets for the masses
Tempted by the eat-clean craze? Here’s the diet low-down…
Fad diets come and go, with some sticking around long enough to gain a loyal following. How does raw food stack up against the competition?
The ‘caveman’ diet is simple: shun all processed foods and eat only what your prehistoric ancestors would have been able to find on the trails. Crucially, this includes meat and allows cooking, so covers a wider sphere of nutritional options than raw food. It steps ahead in the pecking order for that reason.
It’s almost something of a status symbol these days to eat gluten-free carbs – like an instant upgrade to your social media account. Gluten is a mixture of proteins that bind wheat-based carbs together, giving the dough an elastic texture; you don’t need to cut it out unless you’re actually intolerant or sensitive to it.
The long line of vegan ultra runners and endurance athletes – and bodybuilders, for that matter – proves that cutting out animal and dairy products will not adversely affect your health or your running performance. Vegan recipes will often include raw food, but not exclusively – for that reason, they win this round.
Fasting for two daysys a week has been provenen to help people lose weight but, much like e the raw food diet, cutting out high-calorie foods leads to increased fatigue tigue and lethargy, along with dips in mood associatedsociated with intenseense hunger. There are far moree sustainable ways to live e and lose weight eight without having to starve yourself. ourself.
Eating ting in moderation won’t effect your athletic thletic ability – cutting out whole food groups justt might