Fad Diets Decoded

By Anupama Menon November 9, 2018
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Most fad diets are restrictive and do not offer sustainable ways of life but are geared toward high weight loss in a short amount of time. Choosing a diet that suits you is not a bad idea but maintaining that lifestyle is what becomes the major challenge. 

Here are some classic fad diets along with their pros and cons!

Mediterranean Diet

Diet skeleton

  • Lots of fruits and veggies
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Sea food
  • Olive oil
  • Legumes like chole, chana, rajma, black chana, ragda, lentils and dals
  • Potatoes, yams, sweet potatoes
  • Whole grains like millets, oats, quinoa, whole wheat, etc.
  • Moderate amounts of poultry, eggs, cheese and yoghurt (3-4 times a week)
  • Rarely, red meat (once a week, only if needed)
  • No sugar, processed food, refined grains or commercial oils

Pros

  • It’s one of the best, well-balanced and most popular diets globally
  • Highly sustainable
  • High levels of antioxidants in the diet
  • Highly nutritious 
  • Convenient

Cons

  • The fats are mainly olive oil and come from nuts, butter and ghee are eliminated from this diet.

The cons are almost none, the pros far outweigh the cons, the Mediterranean diet a wonderful platform to start off on to begin your journey towards healthy eating!

Eat A Lot Of Fruits And Veggies On A Mediterranean Diet

Eat A Lot Of Fruits And Veggies On A Mediterranean Diet

Atkins diet

Diet skeleton

  • High protein, all meats, fish, dairy, eggs are permitted
  • Green veggies or low carbs veggies are permitted
  • Less than 20-30gms carbs
  • Citrus fruits preferably, fruits are counted in as carbs and to keep the carbs below 20gms

you will have to axe fruit off the diet largely

  • Higher amounts of fats and nuts
  • No sugars, processed foods, legumes and dals
  • No grains like rice, wheat, even whole grain foods like quinoa and millets
  • Small amount of fats.

Pros

  • Quick weight loss initially
  • Good muscle build
  • Variety of protein ensure good tissue and muscle repair
  • For vegetarians, pulses, dals and legumes can be included 

Cons

  • Constipation maybe an issue
  • The weight loss may plateau
  • Cravings for carbs may hit 
Consume A High Amount Of Protein!

Consume A High Amount Of Protein!

Paleo diet

Diet skeleton

  • Allowed on this diet – Beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork, fish, shellfish, eggs, nuts and seeds, extra virgin olive oil, cold pressed coconut oils, avocado oils, ghee, salt, spices. Vegetables, all varieties, roots, tubers like sweet potato, potato, yam, etc.
  • Not allowed: Sugar and high-fructose corn syrup, soft drinks, fruit juices, table sugar, candy, pastries, ice cream and many others,  bread, pasta, wheat, spelt, rye, barley, other grains, beans, lentils, legumes and dairy.
  • No vegetable oils like soybean oil, sunflower oil, cottonseed oil, corn oil, grapeseed oil, safflower oil, trans fats like margarine, vanaspati, artificial sweeteners and highly processed foods.
  • Fruits allowed: are berries and avocado. But some people do have bananas and other fruits in moderation.

Pros

  • Quick weight loss 
  • Good muscle build
  • Improved focus due to inclusion of fats
  • Flexibility on fruits consumption though it bears likeness to keto diet.

Cons

  • Constipation maybe an issue
  • Cravings for carbs may hit 
  • No dals and pulses, hence may be restrictive for vegetarians.
Some Roasted Chicken!

Some Roasted Chicken!

16/8 diet – Intermittent fasting

Diet skeleton

  • Fasting for 16 hours daily for men and 14 hours daily for women
  • Anything can be eaten in between the feeding cycle.
  • Foods must be whole grain and protein oriented with moderate fats
  • Dinner must be over before or latest by 8pm and then no food until 10am (next day for women) and 12pm (next day for men).
  • To maintain convenience this can be done 5-6 times a week with a break for one day.
  • 2 meals/day (for men) and 3 meals/day (for women)

Pros

  • Weight loss 
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Works towards Hormonal balance
  • No fixed menu plan, just a healthy no processed schedule.

Cons

  • Social life may get impacted
  • Hunger may be an issue but one does get used to the schedule.
  • The exact feeding time and end of feeding cycle has to be observed
Consume Whole Grain Foods!

Consume Whole Grain Foods!

No lifestyle can be charted in a day. There will be a string of experiments, rather diets which will go towards helping us understand what works for our body. Over a period of time following these routines will cement certain habits for us, on the pretext of diets!

The idea is to develop a healthy lifestyle where we eat on time, sleep on time, exercise and not overeat. Fad diets are not forever but if they do help us begin somewhere, there’s no harm, just do not continue it for more than a month and choose the right one.