There are so many different fad diets floating around today that it could make your head spin. The fact of the matter is that what may work for one person and help them lose 50 pounds may not be right for you, as everyone’s body is different and has different reactions to things.
When a diet doesn’t seem to be working within the first week or so, we usually stop it and start a different one, or just give up on dieting all together. However, here are two of the most popular and effective diets, which may be right for you.
The Keto Diet
The Keto diet is short for Ketosis, and it thrives on fat and fat sources such as butter, bacon, and peanut butter. This diet is also known as the Atkins diet, and it focuses on burning such fats, rather than trying to burn off the carbohydrates, by forcing the dieter to limit the amount of carbohydrates that they take in on a daily basis. When someone goes on a low-carb diet, such as the Keto or Atkin’s diet, the ending result is that water weight is less present, due to the lower intake of carbohydrates which are known to hold at least 3 grams of water each.
The Leangains Diet
The Leangains diet is one that only allows a person to eat within an 8-hour time frame. It is based off of the 16/8 window, so a person is allowed 16 hours of fasting and 8 hours of eating. During these 8 hours, it is recommended that a person eat 2 – 4 smaller meals each day, as opposed to the usual six. By eating only 2-4 meals, it helps the dieter stay on top of their personal calorie intake, instead of trying to eat or snack constantly throughout the day in order to reach their weight loss goals. However, these “windows” can differ, and can be changed to fit any lifestyle as well. The Leangains diet is set up for personal preferences and convenience, and is dependent upon both an individual’s workout and personal schedule.
A great example of this could be eating only one meal prior to your workout, and then eating again after your workout. Let’s say you have decided to go on a 12/8 window (12 hours of fasting with 8 hours of eating); your first meal could be at lunch, and then you could workout around 2:00pm, with your post workout meals at 4:00pm and 8:00pm. If you were on the 16/8 window, you could squeeze another meal in before your workout, if you chose to do so.
At the end of the day, these are still dieting tactics that may not work for everyone. Some dieters may succeed and reach their weight loss goals easily, while others may struggle with having to change their lifestyles so dramatically. The most important thing to remember is that when determining the right diet, calorie intake, and which meals to eat, it is all about personal preference. What one individual does should not and may not be what another person is able to do.