What Do The World’s Most Successful Diets Have In Common?
There have been so many diets for weight loss that you will get tired counting them :P. Most of them are fads. However, there are some that have come here to stay and are quite effective. They have helped people lose weight!
Such diets are worth mentioning and they include:
People usually focus and debate about what sets the above diet apart. Waste of time, let us focus on what is common in these diets! Here we go!
The diets are low in added sugar
Added sugar is an enemy if you want to lose weight. Although in moderate amounts, it can be tolerated by some people without issues but most people are eating really huge quantities of it which is bad. Eating sugar overloads the liver and gets forced to turn the sugar into fat.
Sugar is one major substance that triggers non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. It is linked with other diseases like obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Sugar is termed as ‘empty calories’ as it supplies energy with no nutrients at all. Almost everyone agrees that added sugar is bad. Cutting back on added sugar is the main point in most of the successful diets.
The diets eliminate consumption of refined carbs
Refined carbs are eliminated from the list in most diets because they are unhealthy. The most common type of refined carbs is refined wheat flour. It is consumed a lot in western countries.
Refined carbs are usually grains from which all the beneficial stuff like the bran and endosperm are removed. These two are considered to be the fibrous and nutritious parts. Refined grain (wheat) flour is nothing more than starch and just like sugar, provides empty calories. With the absence of fibre refined flour causes spikes in levels of blood sugar that can lead to cravings and overeating later when the sugar level falls down all of a sudden.
Refined carbs are linked to several diseases like obesity, diabetes (type 2) and heart disease. Low carb diet and paleo diet have completely eliminate grains and all other successful diets focus on limiting refined carbs and replacing them with whole grains which are healthier.
The diets eliminate industrially processed vegetable oils
Vegetable oils have entered the scene quite recently. 100 years ago we didn’t have the technology to process them. The list of such oils includes canola oil, soyabean oil, corn oil and cotton-seed oil. These oils have high amounts of omega 6 fatty acids that are linked to heart disease. Some studies link its consumption to cancer!
The way these are processed is also disgusting as most of the beneficial stuff is removed from the oils. So, just like added sugars and refined grains even vegetable oils fall under the category of “empty calories”. Successful diets aiming at long term health do not include vegetable oils at all!
However, coconut oil and olive oil are completely different. Both are extremely healthy oils.
The diets eliminate artificial trans fat
Trans fat are hydrogenated vegetable oils that are solid at room temperature. It is mostly used in foods to increase their shelf life. Artificial trans fat are unhealthy.
Studies link the consumption of trans fat to increased inflammation and heart disease. In a nut shell, trans fat are toxic and unnatural and have nothing beneficial to offer. That is why the world’s best diets eliminate trans fat.
The diets include a lots of veggies and fibre
All the diets include a lot of veggies. Everyone agrees that veggies are healthy regardless of the diet they are following. Consumption of veggies is linked to reduced risk of illnesses. Vegetables are loaded with nutrients, fibre and antioxidants. The fibre helps in weight loss and it is a food for the friendly bacteria living in the gut.
Diets also include fruits. Even on a low carb diet you can have little amounts of fruits and berries.
The diets focus on foods instead of calories.
All the successful diets have one thing in common and that is no calorie restriction. They emphasize on eating whole and healthy foods. Though calories are necessary for weight management, you can’t mindlessly restrict calories without paying attention to the food you are eating. Calorie restriction won’t work in the long term.
What you should aim at?
Your aim should be to be become healthier and fitter compared to what you currently are. Most of the successful diet lay emphasis on lifestyle change and allow weight loss to be its natural side effect.
Hope you found this post useful!
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