|Diet Tweet your mind. ||The Mental Diet does NOT help you eat in a low calorie or low fat way. Instead it does just one crucial thing: It helps you cut down the AMOUNT you eat... the AMOUNT!... by using powerful tools that weaken your food cravings.
One source Dr. Jeff Brunstrom, currently working in the Department of Experimental Psychology at Bristol University, UK, has extensively studied the links between cognition and dietary control — such as the relationship between attention and meal size, our reactions to food’s sight and smell, and the decisions we make about portion size.
|The Paleo Diet||Eat like a caveman and shed pounds. That's the theory behind the Paleo Diet.
Loren Cordain, PhD, who literally wrote the book on The Paleo Diet, claims that by eating like our prehistoric ancestors, we’ll be leaner and less likely to get diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and other health problems.
Eat a lot of fresh lean meats and fish, fruits, and vegetables, and healthier fats. Say goodbye to wheat and dairy, along with other grains and legumes (such as peanuts and beans).
|The Atkins Diet||The thrust of the Atkins Nutritional Approach is to significantly reduce one's carbohydrate (carbs) intake. The craze for low carbs comes mainly from the popularity of the Atkins' books. The Atkins diet is a four-phase eating program, combined with vitamin and mineral supplements, as well as regular exercise.
Our body's metabolism switches from burning glucose as fuel to burning its own stored body fat - this switching is called ketosis. When our glucose levels are low our insulin levels are low.
Ketosis kicks in when our insulin levels are low. In other words, when our glucose levels are low our bodies switch to using our own stores of fat as a source of energy.
|The Zone Diet||The Zone Diet aims for a nutritional balance of 40% carbohydrates, 30% fats, and 30% protein each time we eat.
Insulin production can be controlled if we eat low-density carbs, dietary fat, and protein in the right proportions. If we can maintain insulin levels within what Dr. Sears calls a "therapeutic zone", it is easier to burn off excess body fat - and to keep it off permanently.
Dr. Sears says it is possible, through the Zone to improve mental focus, enjoy increased energy and vitality.
Keeping your insulin levels within the therapeutic zone means staying in The Zone - hence, the name Zone Diet.
|The Vegetarian Diet||Studies over the last few years have shown that vegetarians have a lower body weight, suffer less from diseases, and generally have a longer life expectancy than people who eat meat.
Scientists from Italy and Japan reported in the Journal of Agricultural Food Chemistry that vegans and vegetarians have a higher risk of developing vitamin B12 deficiency compared to people who consume animal-based products.
They showed that the human body is unable to use the plant-based form of the vitamin.
However, you need to be careful that you eat a wide variety of foods to make sure you meet your nutritional requirements.
Scientists at the University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital demonstrated that a vegetarian diet made up of specific plant foods can lower cholesterol as effectively as a drug treatment. The study, published in the July 23 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, compared a diet of known cholesterol-lowering, vegetarian foods to a standard cholesterol-reducing drug called lovastatin.
|The Vegan Diet||A vegan diet is one that consists of only plant-derived foods. Vegans don't use or consume any animals or animal products including flesh (land or sea animals), milk, eggs, or honey.
Eating nuts and whole grains, while eliminating dairy products and meat, will improve your cardiovascular health. A British study indicates that a vegan diet reduces the risk for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Vegan diets go far in preventing heart attack and stroke.
|The South Beach Diet||The South Beach Diet is a popular fad diet developed by Arthur Agatston and promoted in a best-selling 2003 book. It emphasizes eating high-fiber, low-glycemic carbohydrates, unsaturated fats, and lean protein, and categorizes carbohydrates and fats as "good" or "bad".
The key to weight loss is choosing the best of each. That means lots of vegetables, fish, eggs, low-fat dairy, lean protein like chicken and turkey, whole grains, and nuts. South Beach is lower in carbohydrates and higher in protein and healthy fats than the typical American diet.
|The Raw Food Diet||A raw foods diet is made up of fresh, whole, unrefined, living, plant-based foods: fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, nuts, and seeds, which are consumed in their natural state, without cooking or steaming. People who adopt this diet are often referred to as “raw fooders” or “raw vegans.”
A sustainable raw foods diet draws the great bulk of its daily calories from fruits, which are high in calories, along with liberal amounts of vegetables for their high mineral content, and small amounts of nuts and seeds.
The first benefit is that you stop abusing your body each meal with toxic residue that it must deal with, leaving it free to cleanse and heal itself. Next, the proper raw diet eliminates constipation, and the transit time of waste matter shortens to 24 hours or less, avoiding the buildup of toxemia from the recycling of toxins from the colon. Most people on the standard American diet experience transit times of 72 hours or more during which time their food ferments and putrefies. The resulting foul gas and unpleasant smelling feces highlights the fact of fermentation and putrefaction taking place in the colon.
|The Mediterranean Diet||Mediterranean Diet is not a diet, as in “go on a diet,” even though it is a great way to lose weight or improve your health. Rather, it is a lifestyle – including foods, activities, meals with friends and family, and wine in moderation with meals.
Mainly of fruits and vegetables, seafood, olive oil, hearty grains, and other foods that help fight against heart disease, certain cancers, diabetes, and cognitive decline.
See the Mediterranean diet Pyramid.