Dieting: Planning Your 2014 Eating Habits

English: A close up of a fresh raw food dish

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Another year, another diet. The endless cycle of diet fads spins around and around. And with every year, another diet goes discredited. What can we salvage from the ghosts of diets past? Thankfully, quite a bit. Every famous diet got famous for the same reason: to some degree or another, it worked. But when it comes to deciding your 2014 diet, some will help you more than others.

Diets of Yesteryear

The Good, the Bad, and the Insulin: South Beach

Dr. Arthur Agatston designed the South Beach Diet to specifically address the difficulties faced by people with heart conditions. The basic theory appealed to many, however. Agatston promoted “good carbs” and “good fats” over “bad carbs” and “bad fats.”

Bring on the Beef: Atkins

The Atkins craze went viral in the early 2000s. A diet where you could eat nothing but burgers and bacon–minus the bun and sans ketchup, granted–and still slim down? Everyone wanted to sign up. Unfortunately, bacon won’t help anyone lose weight, no matter how many carbs they cut out of their diet. The Atkins diet has received a great deal of criticism for its wholesale elimination of an important food group.

Diets We Love Now

Keeping it Real: Raw Food

Foods lose nutrients when cooked. For this reason, Raw Foodists consume up to 3/4ths of their diet in raw, uncooked, plant-based foods. Many Raw Foodists are also vegetarians, or vegans. This diet eliminates a number of fats, oils, and sugars added during the cooking process, while preserving the full nutritional value of various ingredients.

Back to the Stone Age: Paleo

With its heavy emphasis on protein-based foods, the Paleo diet resembles the Atkins at a glance. But where Atkins crossed carbs entirely off the grocery list, the Paleo diet maintains them in the form of simple carbohydrates. Think whole grains in place of processed carbs.

Your 2014 Diet

Well? What’s really good for you, and what’s really bad? It comes down to keeping an eye on what you eat. South Beach and Atkins focused on pure nutritional composition. The Raw Food and Paleo diets enforce choices that lead to eating healthy prepared foods. Both strategies have value.

Whatever you choose to do, consult your doctor at the Seymour Health Centre Ltd. before starting a new diet. As a health professional, they can help you plan the diet that will best benefit your body.

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