5 Diets You Can Practice Even As WFH Ends
Finding ways to healthy eating can be daunting. Here is a simplified list for you!
“Your diet is a bank account. Good food choices are good self-investments.”
— Bethenny Frankel
As the Covid 19 cases are decreasing worldwide, governments are relaxing lockdown protocols, allowing offices, educational institutions, gyms, and recreational clubs to gradually reopen. As we slowly step into the post-pandemic world, enjoying the newfound freedom of reuniting with old friends, meeting colleagues, going to pubs, spending long hours in the office… we must not forget the hard lessons this pandemic has taught us.
There is a famous proverb that goes, “Don’t dig your grave with your knife and fork.” And as we venture out, juggling work and social commitments, it is increasingly important for us to maintain a healthy lifestyle, for our body is the fuel to mindfulness.
But living a healthy lifestyle does not necessarily mean that you either swallow gallons of kale juice or starve yourself to death. So, what’s the easy way out? Here are 5 scientifically proven diets that can boost your immune system while satiating your taste buds at the same time!
- Mediterranean diet
Rich in flavorful nutrients and filled with vegetables, fruits, whole grain, legumes, protein-rich fish, and extra virgin olive oil, this colorful platter originated in the Mediterranean region during the 20th century.
The diet constitutes heart-healthy fats and has been scientifically proven to cause weight loss, better sleep, and a reduction in cardiovascular issues such as stroke and heart attacks by 30%! Isn’t this the perfect way to keep your heart happy and weight in check too? Most, certainly!
2. Paleo Diet
Paleo diets resemble the food that hunter-gatherers ate for survival thousands of years ago. And although it’s not quite possible to exactly determine what our ancestors ate, scientists believe that their diets were rich in whole foods.
Filled with vitamins and protein-rich food such as vegetables, nuts, fish, meat, tubers (potatoes, yams, and turnips), healthy fats, and oil, Paleo diets have proven to be beneficial for weight loss, muscular strength, and improved metabolism. Besides, it also allows room for wine and dark chocolate consumption in smaller amounts! Hurrah!!!
3. Vegan Diet
The vegan diet has gained popularity worldwide. Most people are opting for this diet due to the killer combination of environmental care with numerous health benefits. A vegan diet is completely devoid of animal-based products such as meat, fish, and dairy.
Packed with mock meats, vegetables, nuts, and other plant-based ingredients, a vegan diet is a perfect way to go green! Vegan diets have proven more beneficial for weight loss compared to a low-calorie diet, as there is a natural tendency to eat fewer calories on a vegan diet due to a higher dietary fiber intake, which can make you feel fuller.
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4. Low-carb diet
Say bye-bye to junk food! And hello to a healthy life! Source: Pexels
Low-carb diets are free from carbohydrate and fat-rich food such as starch-rich vegetables, refined grains, trans fats, processed food, etc. Primarily focused to improve body strength and energy, low-carb diets can be optimized depending on the desired weight loss and daily exercises you participate in!
Suffused with cheese, butter, meat, fish, nuts, fruits, and vegetables, this diet is perfect for those individuals who wish to increase healthy fat consumption, improve their immune system, enhance body energy, improve heart conditions and cause weight loss.
So, say bye-bye to junk food! And hello to a healthy life!
5. Intermittent fasting or the 5:2 diet
This diet gives you the freedom to eat whatever you feel like for 5 days a week, while dramatically cutting down calorie intake to 25% for 2 non-consecutive days. The recommended calorie amount ranges up to 500 calories for women and 600 calories for men.
This method of intermittent fasting has gained widespread acceptance in the medical sphere when the prominent doctor and journalist Michael Mosley released her book ‘The Fast Diet’ in 2013. This calorie-focused regime can be easily sustained for a longer time, compared to low-calorie diets, and is also linked to improving brain function, lowering cholesterol levels, and reducing the risk of heart diseases, stroke and cancer.
In reality, no shoe fits all and there is no simple formula to achieving a healthy lifestyle which in its essence is a growing and continuous process. But before you jump onto the bandwagon of ‘leading trending lifestyles’, pause to reflect on the previous diets that you may have tried but failed. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle should not be add-on stress in your life. Hence, one must analyze the results, the contributing factors and other indulges to avoid repeating the same mistake. Certain factors such as mental illness, pre-existing health conditions, budget restrictions, diet flexibility, personal preferences, and likeabilities must be taken into account before charting out your dietary plan.
The truth is “you are what you eat”, and hence, your food must be an authentic reflection of yourself — not a compilation of everything that the internet dictates.
All the best and Happy Eating!
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