A Healthy Diet
What constitutes a good healthy diet? What should you eat to ensure you have a good balanced diet? There is a lot of information out there but it’s not always easy to separate the good from the bad. However, companies such as Living Well can help you make that decision.
It’s fair to say there have been a number of different diet programs or plans over the years; they seem to come and go with the same frequency as days of the week! Some could be considered fad diets, ones that haven’t really lasted, and others have stood the test of time.
Let’s take a quick look at some of those diet programs –
The South Beach Diet – this was developed by a cardiologist in Florida. It’s basic concept was to eat before you get hungry, with protein, ‘good’ fat and low-carbs on the menu.
Weight Watchers – this program has been around for almost 40 years. It’s success is possibly based on the premise that you can eat what you want provided it’s in moderation. It has a social aspect as well, with dieters getting together regularly to review progress.
The Zone Diet – helps participants stay in shape by attempting to balance the intake of ‘bad’ calories with ‘good’. Jennifer Anniston is a devotee of the Zone Diet – using the 3-40-30 principle i.e. 30% protein, 30% fat and 40% carbohydrates.
Atkins Diet – as with many programs, the Atkins Diet encourages dieters to cut out refined flour and sugar. Fans of the diet say it’s easy to follow and has short-term benefits, whilst opponents complain about he lack of balance.
Paleo Diet – the so-called caveman diet! So named due to its focus on eating the food that would have been around when the cavemen were. Protein and exercise are the key elements, with followers saying the plan not only helps them lose weight, but stay healthier as well.
Nutri System – takes all of the leg-work out of dieting because the system prepares the menus for you. The system is customized to participants and easy to follow but, the cost of the pre-packaged food is relatively high.
So, there you have it, a quick run-through of just a selected few of the numerous plans, programs and systems that have come, and in some cases gone again, in the recent past.
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