Talking about shedding some pounds, cutting carbs is usually the first thing that makes it to the conversation. When you’re seeking weight control and overall weight management, diets that have a healthy balance of carbs, protein, and fats does the magic.
If you’re wondering how to get started, start by following one of these 3 diets.
1. The Mediterranean Diet
Unlike many other eating plans, the Mediterranean diet isn’t low in carbs or fat. It emphasizes plant-based foods and is rich in fresh fruits and veggies, fish and poultry, olive oil, nuts, whole grains, herbs, and spices. Red wine, cheese, yogurt, and eggs are also part of the eating plan—in moderation—while meats and sweets are only consumed occasionally.
2. The DASH Diet
The DASH diet was developed to help prevent and lower high blood pressure. That’s because this plan prioritizes nutrients like potassium, calcium, protein, and fibre, which are crucial to fending off or fighting hypertension. But it also happens to be clutch for weight loss. The diet emphasizes the foods you’ve always been encouraged to nosh on while limiting unhealthy foods.
3. The Flexitarian Diet
The theory behind the Flexitarian (flexible vegetarian) diet is that you don’t have to eliminate meat entirely to reap the health benefits associated with vegetarianism, you can be a vegetarian most of the time but still enjoy a burger or steak when the craving strikes. That includes meat alternatives (tofu, beans, lentils, peas, eggs, nuts, and seeds). Other foods to fill up on with this diet include fruits and veggies, whole grains, and dairy.
It’s also worth noting that you don’t have to follow a diet to lose weight. Instead, focus on filling half of your plate with veggies, upping your protein intake, and reducing your refined carb quota significantly. Grains are not the enemy, but that bag of chips, bowl of white pasta, or bagel might make it tougher to reach your goal if you make it a habit.