We have all heard the claims of those trendy diet fads. You might be surprised to discover that some of them really do work. But the question is, are they actually healthy? We take a look at three of the most popular diets at the moment and give you the scoop on whether or not they’re worth a try.
Low carb, high fat – banting is everywhere nowadays! The secret to incorporating this diet into your lifestyle is to opt for fresh foods and avoid anything that says ‘low fat’ or ‘fat-free’ on the label. Processed foods or foods with additives are also off the menu. And put that sarmie and packet of crisps away – carbs are a big no-no, too.
Health Rating: 10/10. The banting lifestyle gets top marks. While we don’t recommend eliminating carbs completely (you need at least some of those for energy), the other components of this diet are all spot on for your health. The weight loss probably won’t come easy unless you’re also exercising, but you’ll almost certainly feel a million times better as a result.
The South Beach Diet
The South Beach Diet is an alternative to the Atkins diet (which has already been proven to be pretty healthy as far as food restriction diets go). It’s basically a meat-tastic diet that has you living on protein. Unlike the Atkins diet which encourages plenty of natural fat consumption, the South Beach Diet encourages you to be careful of eating fat in any form. Oh, and carbs are wholly eliminated too.
Health Rating: 5/10. The South Beach Diet is questionable. While the aim of it is to help improve heart health and weight loss, the result is often a fatigued, nutrient-starved body instead.
The Master Cleanse Diet
Try this diet, and all that you’ll be living on is liquids for 10 days. The diet insists on a complete cleanse from all solids, replacing them with a concoction made from water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper.
Health Rating: 1/10. Nope, nope and nope. Not only will you be starving, but also, any weight loss that you manage to achieve will not be sustainable. Once you start eating regularly again, you’ll put all of the kilograms back on, and then some. Avoid at all costs!
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