Which diet will work for me?

Everywhere we see people telling us about the incredible diet that they are on.

  • “I’ve lost 5lbs this week with Keto”
  • “Paleo is the best since I’ve lost 4lbs already”
  • “Intermittent fasting is helping my waist shrink rapidly”

Yet you usually hear these successes come from those who have only been following the diet for a week or two.

They may have gotten good results from it so far, but will they last?

Will they manage to keep it up for longer than two or three weeks?

Are they actually enjoying eating like that?

As I have said before, there is no such thing as ‘a diet’ (and we need to stop fad dieting).

Our diet comprises of what we eat regularly.

We shouldn’t ‘go on a diet’ as this infers that at some point it will end.

Instead, we should alter our diet, making changes we can keep up in the long run.

Feel free to try going Keto, Paleo or experimenting with intermittent fasting.

However, I cannot tell you which will work for you.

You might not like any of them.

It all depends on you.

I’ll give you a quick rundown on each of these three as they seem the most talked about at the minute.

Keto Diet

Keto dieting is mainly based on eating low levels of carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice, potatoes etc.) and eating high levels of fat (cheese, meat, nuts etc.).

This supposedly puts the body into something called Ketosis, that’s why it’s named the Keto diet.

This is where the body breaks down fat to be used as energy.

This is the main reason people think it is great for weight loss.

It is also useful for controlling blood sugar as you aren’t eating carbs which can spike insulin levels.

For this reason, it could be a great diet for diabetics.

What you’ll eat

You’ll end up eating a lot of:

  • Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Dairy
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Sweeteners
  • Oils

You won’t be eating:

  • Grains
  • Sugar
  • Fruit
  • Tubers

Will the Keto diet work?

It helps by not letting you eat carbs which are easy to overeat, causing us to intake more calories.

It will for most people as long as you don’t eat too much.

This diet can put you in a calorie deficit meaning you will lose weight.

Paleo Diet

The paleo diet is based around eating like our distant ancestors used to.

Generally, if a caveman wouldn’t have eaten it, neither should you.

So instead of worrying about calories and portions you just focus on eating the right foods.

Very similarly to the Keto diet, we want to remove all grains from what we eat.

That means again, this diet ends up being low in carbohydrates and sugar.

However, we will get some sugar from fruit but that’s ok.

Again this diet will be good for controlling your blood sugar levels too.

What you’ll eat

You can eat as much of these as you want:

  • Meat
  • Eggs
  • Vegetables
  • Oils
  • Fruit
  • Nuts
  • Tubers

And you’ll have to try cut these out:

Will the Paleo diet work?

Cutting out certain foods means we are more restricted to what we can eat. Meat and vegetables are hard to overeat as they are very filling, so you are less likely to intake too many calories.

It will for most people as long as you don’t eat too much.

This diet can put you in a calorie deficit meaning you will lose weight (de-ja-vu anyone)

Intermittent Fasting

Well, intermittent fasting isn’t a diet as such. It’s just a way of eating.

It doesn’t change what you eat at all.

Instead, it changes when you eat, which can affect how much you eat.

You choose a certain time slot for when you are going to eat all your food for that day.

For example, you could have an 8-hour time slot from 10 am to 6 pm.

Outside of these hours, you cannot eat anything.

So that probably means no breakfast and no late night snacks.

Once you finish eating at 6 pm, your body slowly uses all the energy from the food that you have eaten.

Eventually, after around 12 hours, your body supposedly goes into a fasted state.

This is the point at which it is said our bodies can burn fat which we couldn’t burn when we are well fed.

Without the need to count calories or change what you eat, you just need to set up which 8 hours you are going to eat in.

What you’ll eat

Anything you want supposedly.

Will intermittent fasting work?

Controlling the hours per day you can eat should mean that you will eat less than normal since it is harder to eat as much in a shorter amount of time.

Yet I could eat a lot of calories even in 8 hours and since there is no restrictions on foods you should be eating you could easily eat too many calories.

So again, for the last time…

… It will work for most people as long as you don’t eat too much.

This diet can put you in a calorie deficit meaning you will lose weight.

All diets can work

Now that I’ve given you an overview of these diets, have you noticed a common theme?

They all will work…

…IF THEY PUT YOU IN A CALORIE DEFICIT!

(Unsure of what calories actually are?)

As well as that they need to work for you.

If you couldn’t give up milk, then the Paleo diet won’t work for you.

Love eating fruit? Then Keto is out of the window.

Can’t stand feeling hungry on a morning? You probably won’t enjoy intermittent fasting.

And that’s the point.

If you don’t enjoy it and feel it is flexible enough for your lifestyle, then it won’t work.

A lot of people give up on these kinds of diets because of the restrictions.

They feel like they have failed and so stop following them.

What would I suggest?

I personally try to not have any restrictions on what I eat and I would tell you not to either.

The only restriction should be on how much of those foods we eat and how often we eat them.

I probably lean towards the Paleo diet with what I usually eat.

Although I have spaghetti as part of my lunch a lot, I enjoy a bagel every day and I don’t stop myself from eating puddings and dairy.

If I was trying to follow the Paleo diet I would have failed.

This probably means I would have given up and gone back to eating like I did before.

Yet luckily I understand that there is no need to be deadly strict with what you eat and what diet you are on.

Instead, I understand what my body wants.

I eat well, having oats for my breakfast and plenty of meat and vegetables for lunch and tea.

But when I want a treat, I feel like I can go and enjoy a bar of chocolate or a packet of crisps.

And that’s what you can do too.

It’s just when that packet of crisps becomes a tube of Pringles and that bar of chocolate becomes a 10-pack of KitKats when there is a problem.

Stop worrying so much about sticking to the ‘diet’ or eating ‘good’

Instead, allow yourself that break sometimes and create your own diet which you can keep up for hopefully the rest of your life.

If you continue to gain weight, try reducing the number of treats you are having and replace more of your diet with vegetables.

It can be as simple as that.

I can’t give you a set diet plan or the exact foods you should eat.

And that’s because it is different for everyone.

There is no secret to losing weight.

You need to be in a calorie deficit.

These diets can help you do that, but if you can’t continue to follow them for the foreseeable, they aren’t going to help you lose weight and actually be able to keep it off.

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