Lucky for you, you are reading this from a person who has tried a variety of diets, all for different reasons only to receive many unexpected results.
Based on the goals for your body, I hope an insight into these diets and lifestyle changes will help you make the best decision for your body. For your own discretion, everyone’s body is different and may take to some of these diets in ways I have not personally dealt with. This is not medical advice, just an output of my experiences with a series of diets. That is all.
Vegan Lifestyle: the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in diet.
Duration: 7 months
Weight Changes: Dropped weight almost immediately, then gained it back plus more.
Degree of Difficulty: Intermediate
This is my favorite lifestyle, one that I wish I could live on forever and ever, but a vegan diet can be very carb heavy and that is something I took advantage of, especially when vegan food was not always available. I ate vegetables when I could, but even fruit contains lots of sugar and carbs.
What I ate: Fruits, vegetables, pizza with vegan cheese with fruits and vegetables, vegan poboys, Vegan bowls, peanut butter crackers, almond milk, bread and bread and oh! bread.
Final thoughts: I did not particularly succeed in my goal, but giving up those things was not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. As long as I could still eat French fries and ketchup, close to nothing could stop me from being vegan.
I do believe people have been successful losing weight on a vegan diet, but I have not. However, I no longer drink dairy milk. That’s a major L.
Keto Diet: low-carb, high-fat diet
Duration: 2 weeks
Weight Changes: Stagnant
Degree of Difficulty: Hard
Talk about the worst diet I have ever been on. If you want to lose weight, if it’s dire that you lose it IMMEDIATELY, don’t even go on this diet – just do a water fast. This is the most horrible, unpleasant diet I’ve experienced.
Cons: Acid reflux, never full, always eating because you’re never full, acidic taste in mouth, low energy, always tired, cannot concentrate
What I ate: Salmon, pistachios, hard boiled eggs, cheese, chicken, asparagus, spinach, low carb smoothies, peanut butter
Final thoughts: The aim of this diet is to eat such a low amount of carbs that your body taps into your body fat and burns it throughout the day. Apparently, Google says it’s healthy and doctors say its good for keeping your insulin levels and blood sugar low. That’s cute and all, but personally, I don’t think it’s worth it. Not enjoyable at all.
Intermittent Fasting: an eating style where you eat within a specific time period, and fast the rest of the time.
Duration: 1.5 months
Weight changes: Weight dropped
Degree of Difficulty: Intermediate
I think intermittent fasting is a great experience and an excellent challenge of willpower. When I started intermittent fasting, I ate from 12pm-7pm and fasted afterward, only drinking water. The reason some people do not lose weight or do not experience the benefits of intermittent fasting is because it does require a shift in eating habits. You cannot eat junk food from 12pm-7pm with no nutritional value and expect to lose weight. This will only leave you lethargic and agitated. You will experience hunger pains at night (which most of the time is a good thing) but if you aren’t fasting correctly, you are not reaping the overall benefits.
Intermittent fasting is what you are willing to put up with and how strong you can exercise your brain. It’s turning down that midnight snack, it’s going to sleep when you can’t eat. You got this, but only if YOU believe in yourself.
What I ate: Anything I wanted, in moderation and small plates
Final thoughts: Please read on intermittent fasting! I trust you will find a way to make it work (and there’s many flexible ways to go about it). Highly recommended!
Low-Calorie Diet: For women, eating 1,200 calories a day to lose up to 2lbs a week, 1,500 for men to lose up to 2lbs a week.
Duration: 1 month
Weight changes: Rapid weight loss
Degree of Difficulty: Easy
I think eating low-calorie and small plates is the best way to enjoy what you love and keep your weight down. Eating an excess amount of food is what leads to weight gain, but moderation and balance is the key to EVERYTHING in life. You should be able to enjoy your food, but it doesn’t mean you have to stuff yourself until you’re comatose with the itis! I apply this diet with intermittent fasting and it has worked wonders.
Drink lots of tea (oolong, green tea, ginger and lemon, black tea, earl grey, etc) Tea will turn you into a superhuman! It has many antioxidants and has sooooooo many benefits! Whenever I am craving something sweet, I brew tea, add stevia, and a teaspoon of honey. It works wonders!
What I eat: Whatever I want, in moderation!
Final thoughts: This is actually a lifestyle that I love. I don’t like feeling heavy with food, I love moving light as a feather. Eventually, if you happen to eat more healthy on this diet, you will not want to eat so unhealthy and crave less sugar. Is money the root of all evil? No, deprivation is.
There are many diets out there that branch from these; trust me, I’ve researched tons of them. For the sake of your pockets and health, I have managed to give you some insight on what it is like to go on these diets! Whether it is to reap the benefits of a healthier lifestyle or just to challenge yourself, go on a diet that will make you feel GREAT – mentally, spiritually, and physically.
You’re Welcome in Advance