Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Let's Talk "Diets" // Vegan, Carb-Free, Juice Cleanses?


Hey lovelies. So the word 'diet '(which you've probably seen hundreds of times in magazines, all over your twitter feed and plastered on gym posters...) and if so, you'll also be aware of all the negative connotations that word has. We usually think of "diets" as just another fad people buy into, made up of restrictions and this obsession with losing weight, but the truth is not all of them fit into this box. Things like veganism, carb-free diets and juice cleanses will have made an appearance on your social media feed at some point and even though we all think of the word "diet" as something scary and bad...there's always a part of me that's intrigued by it.

With everyone's different lifestyles, there are so many absurd, weird and new diets out there; some you'll be familiar with and others, like I've found, will sound so ridiculous and you will have never even heard of before! So in this post I'm going to be taking you through a list of these "diets" that have made an appearance in 2018, along with my personal thoughts and research on them and everything you need to know. 


1. VEGANISM

This is definitely one you all should recognise and "Going Vegan" was predicted to be the biggest food trend of 2018. Many of you might know friends or family who are Vegan, but to lots of people it's seen as an 'extreme' diet choice and especially in the media Vegans receive a ton of hate. Personally I hugely support this one, for both the health and ethical reasons which are amazing and the fact that Veganism is more of a lifestyle choice than just a diet and this makes it really sustainable. 

But often a bad reason that attracts people to Veganism is this promise of it being a 'magic diet' for weight loss which I'm sorry to tell you... just isn't true. Cutting out dairy and animal products means you're less likely to be consuming processed or fatty foods however you can still be an 'unhealthy Vegan' and lots of people have even reported gaining weight after becoming Vegan.


2. JUICE CLEANSES AND DETOXES

This is one I've attempted before about a year ago and my GOD is it a struggle to stick too. Many celebrities endorse the idea of 'Juice Cleanse' or 'Detox' to get rid of toxins in your body whether it be after a night out or indulging too much the day before, but is it actually good for you? Research shows that a 3-day detox isn't actually harmful, but as a 'quick-fix' diet they're not all they're cracked up to be. Juice Cleanses are typically low in protein, low in calories (why people may lose weight because of them,) and also full of fruit sugars and can easily leave you feeling drained and fatigued. 

For me personally, the main problem I have with this one is that it creates this idea that 'indulgence should be punished' and people feel like they have to cleanse their body after eating unhealthily. The best thing to do is change up your eating habits to be healthier rather than reling on a "Detox" Day like this.


3. PALEO DIET

A Paleo diet is similar to Veganism as it is a long-term lifestyle choice and one I can't help but find really interesting and it basically follows the rules of: "If a caveman didn't eat it, neither should you." For this diet you eat anything the earliest humans could have hunted or gathered, things like meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens and seeds, but that also means cutting out sugar, cereals, grains, vegetable oils and almost all dairy products. 

Overall, since I've never tried it there aren't made negatives I can think of for the Paleo Diet. It emphasizes whole foods, lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, and healthy fats however like all diets it does have a few flaws. By cutting out dairy, you risk deficiencies in calcium which are essential for bone health and eating too much protein can also increase the risk of kidney and heart disease. 


4. CARB FREE DIETS

You've probably heard the words "carbs will make you fat" at some point in your life and Carb-Free diets are living proof that this idea still exists. Cutting out carbs often makes your body more likely to burn stored body fat for energy and these 'Carb-Free' diets have been linked to fast weight loss, reduced hunger and better control over insulin and blood sugar. However all-round this diet is definitely not sustainable and if continued for too long can mean your metabolism will slow down, your stress hormones go up and you all-round will start feeling sluggish, spaced-out and lousy. 

Additionally, family I know that have kept up these low-carb diets have said when they eat foods like rice, potatos or bread now, they get way more bloated than they ever did before. 


5. SKINNY COFFEE AND TEA DETOXES

This one is something you will have unfortunately seen endorsed all over instagram and I often get emails from companies trying to send me their 'flat tummy' tea packs and 'skinny coffee' samples. As you can tell...I'm not a fan!These drinks claim to cleanse your body of toxins, give you more energy, stop bloating, and flush out excess weight. While this works for the two-week period, in that time the laxatives in the tea end up making you need the bathroom all the time and you can read a full review from another blogger Love Rosie here about her experience. 

Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments, but I've never met anyone with a positive experience of these 'Skinny Coffee' and 'Tea Detoxes,' so it will be a long time before I buy into this one!


6. THE MILITARY DIET

The Military Diet is the most restrictive and specific diet out of all of these and one that typically only lasts 3 days. The meal plan includes Breakfast (cup of black coffee, half a grapefruit, a slice of dry toast) followed by Lunch (half a cup of tuna, slice of dry toast, cup of black coffee) and Dinner (3 ounces of meal, cup of green beans, small apple, cup of ice cream.) Sounds like the strangest food combinations right? 

According to research, because it's so short the Military Diet is not harmful (though it will leave you feeling super hungry and tired,) and is different to a lot of other diets because it doesn't restrict any specific food groups. Not one I would ever have the will-power to try still!


7. RAW FOOD DIET 

This diet, I have to say, baffles me. The raw food diet, often called raw foodism or raw veganism means exactly what it sounds like: living off only raw foods. The idea behind it is that cooking food denatures all the enzymes and nutrients in what we eat and so by eating 'RAW' you're body will be healthier (whether there's any science to support this I don't know) but the diet has been gaining a lot of momentum in 2018.

For me personally, I just can't get over how you could eat raw food 24/7 because of how much I love cooking but millions of people out there clearly do. In terms of health benefits, dieticions say the pros are thatr eating a Raw Food Diet means you're free from all preservatives, added sugars and your diet is filled with fibre but it's also very difficult to consume enough protein.


Thanks so much for reading and I hope you found this post interesting, since it's quite new for me too! Let me know also in the comments below if you know anyone who has these diets // lifestyles or if you've ever tried them before yourself? This is just my personal opinions and research I've done on them but I'd love to hear yours too, or if there are any other diets you've heard of you'd like me to include in another blog post. Love,

QOTD: HAVE YOU TRIED ANY OF THESE DIETS BEFORE?



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15 comments

  1. This was really interesting, as I'd never even heard of some of these! That military diet sounds insane haha, I get really excited about food so idk how someone could do that. I eat a lot of vegan stuff though and absolutely love it, though I love cheese far too much to do it all of the time, whoops.

    Megan // pixieskiesblog.wordpress.com

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    1. I know right? Same without meaning to a lot of my diet is Vegan anyway x

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  2. I tried being raw once. It was only a week as an experiment and I wasn't trying to lose weight, but it was awful. I felt like I couldn't eat anything!! I'm pretty sure I wasn't getting much protein either. The 'teatox' trend drives me crazy!! x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. I can't imagine being completely raw ahh! x

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  3. I've also never heard of anyone having a positive experience with teatoxes! Also, I love how you laid this all out, it gave me some insight as I wasn't entirely sure about some of these diets! I've heard about the military diet before, but I would be interested to say how it works as it's so short!

    Jas xx | https://thoughtsfromjasmine.co.uk

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    1. Me neither and I guess that says a lot! Thanks lovely xx

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  4. Had no idea people didn't like the tea detox, I thought about trying it out simply because I would see some of my favorite blogger celebs promote on their insta. But now I'm reconsidering, will certainly need to do more research. I could solely eat a raw food diet but I can tell it's highly beneficial for the skin and body.

    Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

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    1. Yeah I see it all over instagram and celebrities posts too! Thank xx

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  5. Those are all really interesting!! I've been wanting to go vegetarian for a while but I just haven't take the plunge yet!

    Nabila | Hot Town Cool Girl

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  6. I haven't tried any of these diets before but will be sure to do one soon...

    FATIMAH • ROSEYGOLDBOX
    www.roseygoldbox.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Pick carefully aha, and I hope this helps you x

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  7. Get 6 eggs and beat them. Mix in 1 cup heavy cream and seasoning. Serve this mixture into the pie dish around and also over the veggies, beef and chees 30 minute low carb meals

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  8. However, it is important to note that this diet doesn't require eating large amount of meat. The participants had to consume vegetarian foods rich in fat and protein.weight loss meal plans

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