Di­ets for the masses

Tempted by the eat-clean craze? Here’s the diet low-down…

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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

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