Being healthy is a main concern for us, and in the last few years health and fitness have started occupying a large space in our day-to-day lives. Some of us have tried everything from new exercise routines to all kinds of diet in an effort to stay healthy and fit. New diets are pretty much becoming the norm; every other day there’s some new eating regimen which promises you the best body if you can dare follow it strictly. But what’s the authenticity of these sparkling promises of the best health and the best body? How much can these diets really help you? And most importantly, are they harming you meanwhile?
Check out these diet fads and the truth about them before you decide to go on one:
The Paleo Diet
This diet craze rose to popularity a few years ago, it was even the most googled diet in 2013. But then the annual diet ranking of the US News and World Report placed it last off all favorable diets based on several factors. Here’s the deal; it might no be all rainbows and butterflies as promised, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be good. The Paleo diet simply goes by following our great great great (great) ancestors’ diet, back to hunting and gathering times. They lived of meats, fruits, vegetables, seeds mostly. If you decide to go on a Paleo diet be ready to give up dairy, legumes, grains, and processed food. While you can try and rely on meats and so for all your nutritional needs, it can be extremely hard as not only is it much harder to resist eating whole food groups, but you can also find a hard time getting all nutrients your body needs. Meanwhile, cutting out such major food groups can leave your body missing nutrients which can be healthy. Bottom line is, our bodies have evolved along with our diet since the time of hunting and gathering.
The Gluten Free Diet
It is thought that a percentage as low as 1% of the population suffers from gluten intolerance caused by an autoimmune condition called celiac disease.
Although the rest of the population should be happily eating gluten, which is a protein found in grains like wheat, barely, and rye, some research suggests that it can be linked to digestive issues such irritable bowel syndrome and weight gain. However, you need to remember that while gluten might not go well with your stomach, the grains which contain it also contain a lot of other nutrients that can be essential for your body. Want to hear our advice? Cut down or eat gluten in moderation.
There are many health fads out there with exaggerated benefits that sometimes the true gains are not worth the effort you put in the diet. Before you decide to go on a diet, try to make sure you know exactly what you’re getting yourself into and to weigh all your options.