Which is the best diet for you this spring?
There's always plenty of diet talk around in the lead-up to summer. While diets are often given a bad rap, the truth is that we all eat a 'diet' of some sort, and diets don't have to be restrictive. Rather, the right diet for the right person can ensure you're on track with both your weight and health goals.
Keen to drop a few kilos before Christmas? Here are some of the most popular diets of the moment, and who they're best suited to.
The 'keto' or ketogenic diet has been around for many years, previously used clinically to manage some neurological conditions.
An extremely low carbohydrate approach, with carbohydrates making up less than 10-20 per cent of overall intake (as little as 20-50g), keto eating induces a physiological state called 'ketosis'. Here, the body burns ketones from fat stores for energy rather than glucose from carbohydrate stores.
When carbohydrate intake is low enough to induce ketosis, weight loss can be relatively quick with losses of up to 2-3kg a week.
The downside is that it's not that easy to achieve ketosis, as eating a diet that is 70-80 per cent fat and includes very little fresh food is challenging, especially long term. For this reason, keto is best for those who have relatively large amounts of weight to lose (20+ kilograms), or for those who are managing a specific medical condition such as diabetes under the direction of a medical doctor or dietitian.
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