When the summer arrives, many people are desperate to get into shape. The good news is, they do not need to go to extreme lengths to lose weight. There are a variety of diets that they can follow to maintain their physique.
- Mediterranean diet
This particular diet is supposedly olive oil-rich and is heavily reliant on fresh vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats.
It’s cuts down on the amount of refined sugar, red meat and processed foods. This helps lower the risk of cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
In addition to that, it also helps improve kidney function and gut health. It tends to replace butter with oil, while flavouring comes from herbs and spices rather than salt.
The Mediterranean diet is high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil. On the other hand, it requires a low intake of meat and dairy foods.
It is also worth noting that the Mediterranean diet varies by country and region, so it has a range of definitions.
- DASH diet
Contrary to the meaning of the acronym, it is not a diet that encourages eating less when in a hurry. Instead, DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.
In other words, DASH diets is specifically tailored to help lower blood pressure. This is achieved by reducing salt intake and more consumption of foot that is rich in heart-friendly minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Again, it involves limiting how much red meat and sugar consumed, as well as fats.
- Flexitarian diet
This kind of diet is perfect for those who cannot bear the thought of giving up meat. However, it does mean that the non-vegetarian intake needs to be limited to at least once or twice a week.
This will reduce the occurence of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer. According to some research, flexitarians can reduce the likelihood of developing diabetes by 28 per cent.
- MIND diet
MIND is short for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. This plan combines Mediterranean and DASH diets in order to improve brain health.
Some experts have praised the MIND diet for encouraging such healthy attitudes towards food and nutrition.
People on the plan are told that they must eat at least three servings of whole grains, a salad, another vegetable and a glass of wine.
- WW (Weight Watchers)
Weight Watchers assigns point values to food based on their calorie, sugar, saturated fat and protein content.
The healthiest foods have zero points, meaning that you can eat as much of them as you like. A daily point total needs to be met by keeping a food diary.
Weight Watchers Inc. was started in the 1960s by a homemaker who had lost some weight and was concerned she might put it back on. So, she created a network of friends. Weight Watchers is a huge company, with branches all over the world.
Dieters can join either physically and attend regular meetings, or online. In both cases, there is lots of support and education available for the dieter.