Popular weight loss methods come and go so how do you know which one you should be trying and which are reliable?
When it comes to losing weight, there is a lot of information out there, some conflicting, and some just plain confusing. While we all could do with losing a few extra pounds, or enjoy the benefits of less fat, from more energy to feeling better, or just feeling a lot less bloated in our day-to-day life.
The fact is that there are so many methods that are touted as the best, that we have no idea where to begin. Let’s get this out of the way first; no one way is best for every single person, we are all different.
So, bearing that in mind, and based on your previous efforts in the past, here are a few approaches to popular weight loss methods.
And always be careful when going on any diet, you need to make sure you are healthy first and foremost, and always consult a health professional before embarking on any weight loss plan.
Popular Weight Loss Methods #1: Intermittent Fasting
Fasting has had a lot of press in recent years, primarily because you don’t need to pay for any supplements; you just simply have to stop eating.
There are many variations on intermittent fasting, some people do the 5:2 diet, where on two days a week you only eat 500 to 600 calories, where the rest of the time you eat exactly what you want. There is the 16/8 approach, where you eat within an 8-hour window and fast for the rest of that day.
Intermittent fasting has been shown to be one of the best ways to lose weight, and also it’s been shown to have overall benefits on your health, studies in animals have shown that calorie restriction helps to improve lifespan as well as suggest that fasting reduces cholesterol and inflammation.
With all these positives, there are, of course, downsides. It’s not a suitable approach for everyone, especially underweight individuals and pregnant women, who should avoid it entirely, and those that have a sensitivity to hunger.
The best way is to try it for a short period of time, so, for example, don’t have breakfast and start eating at lunchtime. If you are generally overweight, this could be the solution.
Popular Weight Loss Methods #2: A Low-carb Diet
Another one that is very popular at the moment, especially in conjunction with eating high fat. The idea behind a low carbohydrate diet is that you eat a minimal amount of carbohydrates so that it forces your body to burn fat as opposed to the carbs you are fueling your body with.
The idea behind it is that if you eat a lot of carbs, your blood sugar will be spiking a lot, which forces your pancreas to release more insulin. There are a few diets out there that focus on the insulin aspects of weight control, such as the Golo diet, and you can see the Golo Diet explained at this link.
But it’s a simple science lesson, by forcing your body to feed off your fat instead of the sugar by-products of the carbs you eat, it causes weight loss. This diet has tended to help people reduce their appetite, as well as maintaining control over their hunger hormone, but for some people, a low-carb diet may have some downsides.
If you are embarking on a low-carb diet, you need to compensate by having an adequate amount of protein and healthy fats. And a lot of people who go on a low-carb diet tend to neglect this aspect, which makes you feel tired and generally “hangry.”
Popular Weight Loss Methods #3: The Paleo Diet
No doubt you’ve read about this on every single health website, the paleo diet is one that is high in whole foods, and lots of fruits, nuts, and seeds, while avoiding processed foods, dairy, as well as grains like wheat.
This diet has been shown to be effective, as this diet eliminates carbs for the most part, which will naturally result in weight loss, it’s also been shown to be effective in preventing some serious health problems, like blood pressure.
The one downside with this is that by eliminating foods like dairy and even foods like legumes, you could be eliminating healthy food groups for no reason.
These three diets have been shown to help people lose weight, but with any diet, it’s about trying it for a lengthy period of time.
A lot of people make the mistake of trying a diet for a short period of time, therefore not letting it take effect. When you find the right diet, it works wonders, but it does take a lot of effort to find the right one.
And you should always eat a balanced diet, in conjunction with exercise and a healthy lifestyle, if it doesn’t need saying already! Good luck!
For more information on other aspects of fasting and detox then listen to the Tyler Tolman podcast. Fascinating. And for all those busy mums who need meal planning advice and a no-guilt way to exercise then the Rosemary Marchese podcast is for you. She’s the Fit Busy Mum who has written a book all about it.