In the advent of Instagram and other social media sites, people post next-to-perfect pictures that are associated with toned bodies and clear skin as the aesthetic.
The idea has stuck among many that they have to look a certain way to be called beautiful so they have become conscious of their weight or appearance.
From the beginning of the year, there has been an ongoing trend about fitness and wellness.
One of the evidences is seen in technology wherein people have invented devices that track how many steps one has taken in a day or how many calories a person loses by working out. We also have those gym selfies and #grind or #fitness photos on different social media platforms.
Still, to be able to make that technology work and to achieve that targeted weight and look, you have to do it the right and healthy way. It’s about time people started being more aware of the proper ways of dieting, not just for their physical appearance but also for their health and well-being.
Although it is recommended to eat diet-friendly meals, as per Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray, everything is good but in moderation.
Salads and vegan meals
The first thing a dieter has to do is start planning a healthy meal and be careful with the quantity of food they consume.
People often associate eating salad as a way of avoiding weight gain when, in fact, most of the ingredients used in a salad are full of calories.
Although salads are great substitutes for meals heavy with carbs, the right kind of ingredients should be used. Toppings should be flavorful yet nutritious and low in fat and calories so that one serving will be enough.
Take note: it’s usually dressings that ruin the whole diet-friendly aspect of a salad. Store-bought dressings are the usual suspects in this matter so a dieter should opt to go dressing-free or to make their own. Make sure to measure carefully to keep it diet-friendly.
Some flavorful vegetables to try that are available in local supermarkets or wet markets are arugula, spinach, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower and carrots.
Lastly, let’s not forget, eating veggies contributes to sustainability and saving Mother Earth!
People who are looking to lose weight and be healthy but are not willing to give up eating heartily can turn to this diet.
The Atkins diet is done by eating low-carb food while eating as much protein and fat as the dieter wants.
There was a time when health authorities criticized this diet for being unhealthy because of the high content of saturated fat. Since then, however, the diet has undergone more studies and has been proven otherwise.
It is also recommended that when pursuing this diet, there should be a meal plan when buying at the grocery store so dieters would know what to buy and not to buy.
Some low-carb meals: fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, eggs, high-fat dairy and healthy oils.
The Ketogenic diet or Keto diet is like the sister of Atkins because it requires meals low in carbs as well.
The only difference is that there can be a gradual increase of carb intake for the Atkins diet while the Keto diet requires moderate protein intake and no increase of carbs.
In Keto diet, there is a metabolic state called Ketosis wherein the reduction of carbs result in the body producing more ketone bodies for energy using the fats.
There are different versions of Keto diets, however. According to a study published in March 2007, the most popular and most recommended type of Keto diet is the Standard Ketogenic Diet wherein meals typically contain 75 percent fat, 20 percent protein and 5 percent carbs.
For people who are planning to pursue this diet, they can refer to the meals stated under Atkins Diet.
According to an online article, Paleo Diet somewhat resembles what our ancestors hunted and ate a thousand years ago. Meaning, Paleo diet, also known as the caveman diet, cuts off modern food.
While it is unlikely to follow the “meal plans” our ancestors used to do, eliminating processed or factory-made meals is essential to what Paleo diet is all about.
Meals that are known to be what our ancestors consumed in their time are meat, fish, nuts and fruits.
Added modern food are grass-fed butter and gluten-free grains.
Not dieting at all
This factor was also mentioned by one of the Binibining Pilipinas Queens during their visit at the Daily Tribune office. Coming from one of the ladies who will be representing the country in one of the most prestigious beauty pageants in the world, this should be taken into consideration.
Binibining Pilipinas Supranational 2019 Resham Saeed said during the Daily Tribune’s “Straight Talk” segment last 2 July, “Everything depends on your own body. Everyone is different so I wouldn’t recommend to follow this diet, follow that diet because everyone’s body is different and you know, do not deprive yourself — your body does need food to be fueled and to work.”
From the title itself, un-dieting means you don’t have to give up everything. People can still indulge in their favorite meals just as long as they balance it with healthy meals and exercise.
Surprisingly, dieting also has harmful effects on the body. It can result to unhealthy mental and physical health like weight inconsistency or eating disorders.
Unlike what most people believe, one can lead a healthy and successful life through a proper mindset, moderate consumption of food and by being physically active. Everything just needs to be balanced.