The year 2020 may have given a lot of people unwanted fats and additional weight, but that doesn’t mean they have to endure the next year with the same weight issues. You could still follow an effective diet plan even if you’re stuck at home and waiting for the pandemic to end. Here are the best diets you could do whatever your condition and circumstances so your 2021 will be a better year.
The Simplest Diet to Follow: The Mediterranean Diet
The interest in the Mediterranean diet started in the 1960s when scientists found that people in the Mediterranean suffered fewer instances of heart ailments and diseases. The diet focuses on the daily consumption of vegetables, fruits, grains, and healthy fats and proteins. Dairy products must be taken in moderation, while red meat should be limited. Proteins should mainly come from fish, poultry, eggs and beans, while alcohol should be limited to wine and only taken in moderate amounts.
This diet is the easiest to follow because you don’t have to remove whole food groups to achieve your desired weight loss. You could still eat tasty and delicious food, but make sure to choose whole grains, fruits and vegetables over processed food and red meat.
A Diet WorthTrying: Ketogenic Diet
This is a diet that removes starchy and carbohydrate-rich foods from your daily intake. A ketogenic diet aims to replace carbohydrates with fat, which makes the body more efficient in removing fat cells during exercise. The diet might also require keto supplements such as electrolyte drinks.
Also, removing carbohydrate-rich foods and replacing them with protein helped in improving mood for people with depression and anxiety. So if you are suffering from anxiety, especially in these difficult times, you could try a ketogenic diet if only to lessen your anxiety.
A Fad Diet That Works: The Atkins Diet
The Atkins diet is the first and most famous low-carbohydrate diet. Cardiologist Robert Atkins designed it in the 1970s to encourage rapid weight loss. The diet has four stages. In the initial phase, carbohydrate intake is limited to 20 grams but allows for an unlimited intake of proteins and fat.
After the initial phase, dieters are to add 5 grams of carbohydrates to their diets to maintain the gradual weight loss. Time and again, the Atkins diet has proven to be very effective in helping people to lose weight.
A Scientifically Proven Diet: The DASH Diet
This diet was designed to lower blood pressure and is quite similar to the Mediterranean diet. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, so most of the meals are rich in potassium and calcium and focuses on food that is lower in sodium and bad cholesterol. It also limits the intake of sugary, sweet, and carbonated drinks.
In the 1990s, a study was conducted to see if the DASH diet had any effect on lowering blood pressure. The two clinical trials showed that the DASH diet helped lower blood pressure significantly in the individuals who participated in the study.
There are many other diets that can help you lose weight, but these diets are targeted not only to help people lose weight, but also to increase burning fat, lower blood pressure, or to lessen the symptoms of anxiety and depression. 2020 may feel like a down year, but you can face the next year with better health and a positive attitude.