People often mistake and misunderstand the term “diet”. If they hear this word, they think outright that diet is about losing weight. It’s not always the case. According to health experts, diet is composed of many types – vegetarian diets, weight-control diets, crash diets, detox diets, belief-based diets, medical-reasons diets, and other diets not categorized in what was already mentioned. So you see, it’s not just about weight reduction. Diet is all about an eating routine on a daily basis.
Anyway, it cannot be denied that the most popular type of diet is the weight-control diet process. People always attempt to lose weight. And now that it’s 2018, the ‘IN’ weight-control diet programs are the Atkins Diet, the Zone Diet, and the Keto or Ketogenic Diet. I’ve made it my mission to understand what these three diets are all about so I can share it with all of you in a non-complicated matter.
The Atkins Diet
You can say that Atkins Diet is basically a low-carb eating plan. If you browse on their sample menu, you will see that allocation for carbohydrate-rich foods is minimal. The reason for that is to control carbohydrate consumption because carbs can boost a person’s blood glucose levels to the deep and unhealthy end.
If you are on Atkins, you can eat some type of carbs, but not a lot. You have the choice to eat lean proteins and some healthy fatty foods, as well. With that, your GP can explain more about the Atkins Diet, if you’re interested.
4 oz. Greek yogurt
½ cup berries
A handful of almonds
½ cup almond milk, no sugar
Blend together for a Berry Almond Smoothie breakfast!
The Zone Diet
A lot of people opt for the Zone Diet. Experts say that it is composed of a complete meal since most necessary nutrients are present, if the menu is followed to the dot. The most calories you can eat if under the Zone Diet is 1,500 calories. Here is a sample breakfast meal under the Zone Diet:
- 2 whole eggs (cooked as to your liking – boiled, poached, fried or sunny side)
- 1 and ¼ cup of cooked broccoli/cauliflower
- 2/3 cup of berries
- ¼ melon
Bigger individuals add some more because their bodies need more nutrients:
- 2 oz. lean meat (bacon is ok)
- Half a muffin with a bit of peanut butter
It’s not bad at all and the menu looks very appealing and truly fulfilling to the stomach!
The composition of that is 30% lean protein, 30% percent healthy fats, and 40% carbohydrates. You need to eat within an hour from waking up. It is also advised for you to eat every few hours to avoid hunger pangs and cravings.
The Ketogenic Diet
The Keto or Ketogenic Diet is also a low-carb diet with special focus on increasing healthy fats consumption. Eating “fatty” foods induces the ketosis phase. The fat molecules will turn into “ketones” and used up as energy. It will pump up your metabolism and is very effective in changing a person’s body shape. The development of diabetes is lessened on a person under the Ketogenic Diet. It is also very effective in dropping excess pounds.
Take a look at a sample breakfast menu for the Keto Diet:
Omelette made of 3 eggs and –
Half a sausage
A slice of cheddar cheese
Sea salt pinch
Tempting and looks very delicious!
So, there you have it! I’m not sure if I’m going to try this out but the Zone Diet looks very appealing to me.