Though I had adopted plant-based diet as my diet plan for my 3 months of weight losing, I believe not everybody is suitable for vegan foods due to several factors. Example, you might have food allergy towards most vegetables, or you have a poor digestion such that you get bloated easily as soon as you touch any vegetable. Other factors could be the availability of the foods in your local stores, or the costs of the foods.
Whatever reason you have or might be facing, you can be assured that there are quite a number of weight loss diet plans available for you to choose.
Plant Based Diet
The main reason why I chose this form of diet plan is that vegan foods are usually lower in calories but higher in fiber. It makes us feel full over a longer period. My previous article “Top 6 Benefits Of Having A Plant Based Diet” elaborated further on this.
Keto Diet (aka. Ketogenic Diet, Low Carb Diet, Low Carb High Fat Diet)
As the name suggests, this form of diet plan (keto diet) is fundamentally low carb eating. When we consume lesser or no carb, our body is being forced into a metabolic state whereby our body will start to break down fats in our liver to produce ketones to use as energy, instead of glucose and insulin (which primarily come from carbohydrates).
Fasting Diet (aka. Intermittent Fasting Diet)
Fasting diet refers to fasting of food intake on certain of the days of the week, but not all. You can do it for either 2 days a week (5:2 diet), or every alternate day of the week. An average person needs around 8,700 kilojoule of energy to maintain his current body weight each day. Fasting diet involves severe restriction of kilojoule based on 25% of normal needs on day of fasting, which is equivalent to 2,000 to 3,000 kilojoule only.
Clean Eating Diet
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The effect of clean eating diet on weight losing has drawn many discussions. While some say it doesn’t work at all, but some say it does help weight loss to a certain extent. Clean eating involves taking unprocessed or minimally processed foods that contain lean protein, healthy carbs and fats, fresh fruits and vegetables, in controlled amount, over 6 times a day. It requires the help of proper hydration and regular exercising to boost metabolism and burn fats faster.
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If you read my previous article, drinking enough water can help to boost our body metabolism, so it is not surprising that drinking water (water diet) can help to lose weight too. We expend energy even when we are resting, and we call this resting energy expenditure. Studies show that when we drink at least 0.5 liter (17 oz) of water, our resting energy expenditure increases by 24 to 30%, which last for at least an hour.
Paleo Diet (Paleolithic Diet, Caveman Diet, or Stone-Age Diet)
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As what the term paleo suggest, this form of diet is unique. Paleo means older or ancient, especially relating to the geological past. Paleo diet hence, suggests you can only eat foods that are available during the old days or caveman days i.e. meats, fishes, leafy vegetables, nuts. You have to omit modern foods like pasta, cereal or candy. This diet also discourages the counting of calories, but rather to focus on eating the right foods (even until you are feeling full) and structuring the environment, to achieve your weight loss results or build the muscles you desire.
Different diet plans suit different body types to drop your kilos effectively. You just have to find one that is suitable for you. In my upcoming articles, I will cover each of these diet plans in details.