Take a quick look at your past for a moment. How did you choose the diets that you tried? If you’re like most folks, myself included, you probably heard about it from a friend or family member. Maybe you heard it mentioned on television or you passed a table in a bookstore and saw a book about it.
It’s also pretty common today to hear about a diet on social media, right? There’s a shit ton of health and nutrition information on social media and while a lot of it is amazing information, some of it is pure junk and it can be difficult to sort through what’s right for you and what isn’t.
The Common Diet Approaches
Today you’re most likely to hear about a few common approaches to weight loss. They include in no particular order:
- Ketogenic Diet
- Low Carb Diet
- Paleo/Primal Diet
- Intermittent Fasting (IF)
(I’m not going to go into detox diets, these are short term solutions and don’t generally work for lasting weight loss.)
So you’re looking at that list of 5 diets and wondering which is right for you. How do you choose? Where do you start? Let’s look at some questions that you can ask yourself to help you identify a starting point.
#1 How do you eat right now?
If you’re eating a SAD (standard american diet) then some of these approaches may be extremely difficult to manage. You want to clean your diet up first and then consider controlling macros and fasting. Macro stands for macronutrient, which is a category of fuel your body burns. There are 3 main macros including protein, fat, and carbs. WIth keto low carb you’re counting macros. WIth Primal/Paleo, IF, and WHole30 you’re not counting.
#2 What’s Your Current Health Situation?
If you’re dealing with Type II Diabetes, Heart Disease, or even cancer then you may want to look at low carb or ketogenic. Talk with your doctor first and do your research. There’s an abundance of research that shows that keto and low carb can help reverse these types of diseases. For example, check out Virtahealth.com to learn more about how Keto can reverse Type II Diabetes.
#3 Your Lifestyle
If you have children, like to go out to eat socially, or feel like you’re going to need to ease into this healthy lifestyle I recommend paleo/primal or low carb. WIth paleo/primal it’s easy to find foods that you can eat and that your family loves. With low carb, nothing is off limits, you just have to make sure you’re tracking your carb intake and keeping it below a certain level.