The Diet Problem

Diets can be a bit of a nightmare.

Diets means different things to different people. Its purpose is often weight loss, but diets can also be used for other reasons, for example lowering cholesterol or blood pressure. Some of this will be covered below. But here's some top tips:

1. No one size fits all!

2. Experiment until you find what works for you

3. Feeling hungry before a meal is natural

Weight Loss

From the ketogenic diet to the paleo diet, there's a diet out there for everyone. And there's been some great research. Here's a great research article. 

Where to start? I'd recommend these three...

Intermittent Fasting

16/8:
Eat for normal 8 hours a day, but only drink fluids for the remaining 16 hours. 
 
OR

5/2:
Eat normally for 5 days a week, but for 2 days only 500-600kcal

Plant-Based Diet

Limit or avoid animal based foods. Great for you (big health gains) and good for the planet. 

Mediterreanian Diet

This is one isn't original. 
Rich in planted based foods and fish, with dairy in moderation and very low sugar intake. 

 

What about Cholesterol?

The diets above will all help! 

Foods to avoid are those that contain high levels of saturated fats. These include baked goods, processed meat, biscuits and cake.  

But fats aren't all bad. Unsaturated fats are good for you, including oily fish, nuts, seeds and avocados. 

And Blood Pressure..?

The pillars to control blood pressure:

  • Weight loss

  • Exercise

  • Healthy eating

  • Decrease alcohol

  • Decrease caffeine

  • Stop smoking

  • Manage stress