When you decide to lose weight the first step is choosing the right diet for you. That’s not as easy as it sounds, it seems like each week new miraculous diets are discovered, magazines promote new weight loss tips and celebrities promise the program that helped them lose 30 pounds in one month will work on you as well. The truth is not everything that the media promotes actually helps you lose weight, so be careful when you’re setting up your diet plan.
Eating only raw foods
Going for only raw fruits, vegetables and seeds sounds like a good idea, but the truth is it’s really hard to stick to it and often relapse is inevitable. Your body will feel deprived and soon enough you’ll start craving cooked food. And when I say cooked food I mean you’ll go directly for the juicy stake, not the tuna salad. It’s great to include raw foods in your diet, but your daily meals should definitely be a bit more variate.
No more gluten
Gluten is a special type of protein that is commonly found in rye, wheat, and barley. Therefore, it is found in most types of cereals and in many types of bread. Not all foods contain gluten, for instance wild rice, corn, buckwheat, millet, amaranth, quinoa, teff, oats, soybeans, and sunflower seeds do not. This protein also has an absorbent quality, which is why bread is capable of soaking up broth. Because of this feature, gluten is often used by those on a vegetarian diet as an imitation meat. So gluten has nothing to do with weight gain, simply eliminating it from your diet will not help you lose weight, unless you cut calories as well.
This is probably one of the most promoted types of diets out there, because the principles on which it’s based seem quite intuitive: less carbs = weight loss. The truth is as you start your low-carb diet you begin to lose weight, but it’s mostly water weight. Carbs are the body’s preferred fuel—that’s why they’re so plentiful in nature. Eliminate white carbs, and you’ll likely lose weight, but take away whole grains, and you risk mood swings and cravings.