Weight loss can be different for everyone. With the overwhelming amount of information available on the internet, some people may be confused about what works and what doesn’t work. The truth is, the best option for weight loss is what works best for your body type and your personality.
The key is to be happy and goal-oriented, with a vision of what you want to accomplish. With your weight-loss goal in mind, here are some possible options to jumpstart your journey. There are two real main causes of weight gain, which each of these diets seeks to combat.
These two causes are overeating, over-consumption of carbs. If you were to ask someone off of the street about weight loss, they would likely say that in order to lose weight all you have to do is burn more calories than you gain, which is one hundred percent true.
However, often times dieters feel starved trying to maintain a specific caloric goal and end up eating the same amount of food or more because of this. The trick is to be smart about your use of calories.
An apple and mini chocolate have roughly the same amount of calories, but an apple will fill you up while mini chocolate will do nothing except make sure that you are hungry again in thirty minutes. This is the same problem dieters often face with carb sources.
With that same apple, you will get energy from the 25 grams of carbs, versus a slice of pizza with the four times the number of calories, and only 36 grams of unhealthy carbs.
As you can see, it is this pattern of working smarter, not harder, that will allow for effective and enjoyable weight loss. Now that you know the key to weight loss, enjoy some possible options for your new and glorious journey!
Fish, Oils, and Olives Galore
The Mediterranean diet is a diet known for its weight loss results. With a high combination of nutritional assets, this diet is a great place to start. Consisting of key foods primarily found in Mediterranean countries, this diet is plentiful in fresh fruits and vegetables instead of processed foods, chicken and fish instead of red meats, and olive oils and herbs instead of butter and salt.
Due to its variety of food options, and flavors, this way of eating is lauded as of the best ways to lose weight and maintain it. Better fitting clothing is not the only benefit. Studies have shown that eating this way can potentially contribute to improved heart health, a reduced risk of certain cancers, and a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Although these multiple benefits could be beneficial for anyone, this diet would be great for older patients.
Battle of the Carbs
If you have been reading the latest health news, the ketogenic diet is certainly a trend. The diet, however, is not new. The ever-famous Atkins diet, popularized by Dr. Atkins, also focused on reducing carbohydrates to allow for the body to burn its body fat instead of its usual source of glucose from high-glycemic foods such as bread and pasta.
This phenomenon is referred to as “ketosis,” hence the name “keto diet.” The science behind the keto diet is sound, and there are many success stories to show that. Not only have many people lost weight on the keto diet, but they have also improved conditions such as ADHD, diabetes, epilepsy, and liver disease.
The keto diet can be a great option for anyone, and it would be especially beneficial for people for are very sensitive to eating high-glycemic foods. It is important to note that reducing fortified grains such as bread and pasta in one’s diet may prevent a person from consuming the appropriate vitamins and minerals.
Consider discussing options for supplementary sources of certain vitamins and minerals such as certain fruits and vegetables or vitamins.
Bye Bye, Meats
Vegetarianism was popularized long before the millennium, and it continues to be a popular diet today. With the growing consciousness of caring for animals, and reducing our contribution to greenhouse gases, many people abstain from any type of meat altogether.
A plant-based diet will clear the conscience, and it will also contribute to the prevention of heart disease, lower blood pressure, and aid in weight loss. Plant-based diets are generally restricted in fats, limited in any animal products, and encourage eating plant-based foods in their whole form.
This means limiting any types of processed food, and opting for fruits and vegetables as they are. As with the other diets mentioned above, a plant-based diet is beneficial for anyone, and especially for anyone who wants to lose weight, improve their health, and feel good knowing they are helping the world.
It is important to note that plant-based diets may require more creative approaches to ensuring your patient consumes enough protein in their diet. This can be achieved by eating more plant-based sources of protein such as nuts or considering adding a supplement based on the patient’s needs.
The breadth of information available on the internet regarding weight loss options can sometimes be overwhelming. You know yourself better than anyone, so it is your job to decide what works best for you. The key is to get your information from reliable sources, research, and most of all do what makes you happy.
If you are miserable the entire journey, you are likely to fall into traps along the way that will prevent you from reaching your goal. Weight loss is not a one-size-fits-all, and if you are willing to troubleshoot through any issues, you are sure to find success.
Now that you have some basic information about some weight loss options, it’s time for you to go and find which one works best for you!