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Fad Diets: Explained

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Fad Diets: Explained

In today’s world of constant social media, news, and other media outlets there are a lot of diets being thrown around out there. A lot of times these diets sound good on paper but may not be very beneficial for a person.  In this article I will describe some of the main diet and nutritional fads out there. Remember before starting a diet always check with your physician or licensed nutritional professional before you start.


Keto Diet: This diet is an extremely low carb diet; the point of the diet is to lower your Carbohydrate, so it turns your fat source into keystones. This is not a beneficial diet and is typically not recommend this diet unless the person has epilepsy or a medical condition.


Intermitted Fasting: With intermitted fasting you eat your foods between a specific time. For example you would eat for six hours, get all your calories in and then would take the rest of the day off. This type of diet has not necessarily shown any beneficial metabolic effects, but it can be good for someone who enjoys a routine and can be good to gain discipline.


Paleo Diet: This diet essentially considers what our ancestors eat. It is based on lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. This diet does have mineral deficiencies such as vitamin d or calcium that can be potentially bad. Overall, this is not a terrible plan to follow, and can be beneficial if following a professional’s guidelines.


Mediterranean Diet: The Mediterranean diet incorporate vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, potatoes, whole grains, breads, herbs, spices, fish, seafood, and extra virgin olive oil. The diet is often rated as one of the healthiest and most beneficial. This diet does not really restrict calories and you are getting most key nutrients in your body through the variety of foods you are eating. If there was a “fad” diet I would ever recommend it would be this one.


The Dash Diet: This diet is used mainly for people with hypertension, and it incorporates whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and low-fat dairy products. This is similar to the Mediterranean diet, but it has less fish.. This diet has been shown to lower hypertension as you are limiting higher salt foods.

Volumetric's Diet: The Volumetric's diet considers foods density, and you eat based on the 4 categories (very low to high calorie density foods). The idea is certain foods can make you feel fuller due to water content and other nutrients. This diet does not restrict foods but rather tells you which foods you should try to avoid so how well you follow the diet it up to the individual.


The Whole 30 Diet: This is a 30-day fad diet that emphasizes healthy eating such as whole foods and the elimination of sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy, and dairy. They provide you a list of foods a person can eat, and the goal is to help people get into healthy routine since it is said a habit takes 20 days to form. I would recommend this to someone who is just learning and wants to start their lifestyle change, sometimes making fast quick changes over a longer period can be beneficial.


Healthy nutrition can look different for everyone, but it is important for all of us to maintain a wholesome diet. Contact us at Genesis Personal Fitness for all your nutrition needs. Come in for metabolism testing to see what your body truly needs! Our coaches can work with you on a plan that works best for you.

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