Dieting has been the forefront of the topic of weight loss for a very long time. If you’re trying to lose some weight, you have probably tried to go on a diet. Some are drastic, some are unhealthy, and some are perfectly healthy and sustainable. With that said, I’ll help you see which diets are the best for quick and healthy weight loss!
Intermittent Fasting (IF)
The first diet on our list is restrictive in terms of when you eat, but not what you eat. The idea of intermittent fasting is that you skip breakfast, and eat only during your eating windows to maximize your weight loss. The most common eating window for beginners is from 12pm-8pm (known as the 16:8 fasting routine/diet).
The beauty with IF is that you don’t have to stop eating your favorite types of food, but just watch your calories, make sure you get your macros for the day, and eat in the correct window.
Ideally, you can cut your caloric intake to either 1200, 1500, or 2000 a day, depending on how much weight you want to lose. Remember to never starve yourself though, as you want the diet to be sustainable for yourself in the long term.
The ketogenic (keto) diet, which consists of high fat, medium protein and low carbohydrates, is another majorly popular diet. Unlike Intermittent Fasting, keto restricts the number of carbs you consume, ideally eating close to none.
This diet forces your body to burn the fats, instead of using sugar (glucose) that you get from eating carbs as fuel. When done properly, you can notice rapid weight loss with keto, as your body constantly burns fat.
However, you need to be careful to not cheat during this diet and eat many carbs, because that is defeating the entire purpose of an extremely low carbohydrate diet such as keto. Take part in this diet if you feel you have the discipline to drop rice, pasta, and potatoes from your meals for the sake of weight loss and a healthier lifestyle.
Mayo Clinic Diet
This is a diet made by the Mayo Clinic, a non for profit healthcare organization. Their special diet was made with the user’s health in mind, allowing for healthy weight loss, while still eating delicious foods. The main goal of the Mayo Clinic diet is for you to break down those bad eating habits (junk food, etc), and develop the love of fruits, vegetables, and the like.
Like mentioned above, the diet prioritizes fruits, vegetables, and grains, as these foods have lower calories, and very high nutritional value (and make you feel full while consuming less food). The diet also allows you to have whole grain carbs, as well as proteins, but in moderation (much less than fruits and vegetables).
Similar to the Mediterranean diet, the Mayo Clinic diet encourages you to keep up with daily exercise, advising you to live a fully balanced and healthy lifestyle.
This diet is inspired from Greece, and isn’t difficult to commit to. This diet revolves around eating a high amount of fruits, some oil, seeds and vegetables.
The diet allows for a moderate consumption of fish and dairy products such as cheese and eggs, making it not vegetarian. However, the diet restricts you from the amount of non fish sourced meats you can eat(chicken, cows, etc., can be had at a very minimum amount). This diet is very healthy, but not for everyone (especially if you’re a fan of rice or pasta).
The Mediterranean diet also encourages you to incorporate exercising with the diet, and combined with the good eating habits, will all lead to healthy weight loss.