Did you too gain weight during the lockdown? No need to fret, today we’re going to tell you about the dieting trends in 2021 and whether you should try them.
1- INTERMITTENT FASTING: Timed Eating To Reduce Insulin Spikes. Maybe You Are Doing It Already?
In an episode of The current life with Faisal Qureshi, Faisal mentions how he eats his very 1st meal, very late in the day. In other words, the reason for his fantastic weight loss is not just heavy-duty exercising, but also IF. A super-thin colleague of mine, recently let slip, that the very first meal he has in the day is lunch.
The IF followers claim that it leads to autophagy aka “self-eating”. Johns Hopkins neuroscientist Mark Mattson, Ph.D., in Intermittent Fasting: What is it, and how does it work? states that after hours without food, the body exhausts its sugar stores and starts burning fat. Amen to that!!
The fasting in Ramadan could very well be considered IF . But what about the deep-fried and carb-loaded, besan heavy “Pakoras”??
IF Benefits fat and weight loss, reduce insulin resistance, repair cells, good for heart, live longer
IF Possible Side effects may impact hormones, women may want to limit to 14-15 hours as per Dr. google. Do your own research!
2- KETO: Low-carb, Moderate protein, Higher-fat
What exactly is Keto? The Ketogenic Diet: A Detailed Beginner’s Guide to Keto states that Keto is a very low carb, high fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins and low carb diets. Keto diet kicks off the “Ketosis” which is the body burning fat for energy vs the carbs. Got fat anyone? Plenty, my friend….
Keto Benefits can help with sugar & insulin levels and with Heart disease, Cancer. Alzheimer’s disease, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, Polycystic ovary syndrome)., Brain injuries.
Keto Side Effects Reported keto flu symptoms include diarrhea, constipation, and vomiting (39Trusted Source).
3- KETO + IF: The True Weight Loss Magic
KETO is about what you eat, the healthy fats versus carbs. IF is more about how many times you are eating and thereby causing your insulin spikes, never allowing your body to dig into your fat reserves. What fat reserves???? Um, any thoughts about that “pooch” on your belly….
4- The Bean Diet: Clean the house!
Worried about, ahem, the flatulence part? Well, as per Karen H., it is just a signal that your body needs cleaning and nothing better to help your body turn on the “garbage disposal” than soluble fiber aka beans!! Not a huge fan of beans? You can try Physillium husk or Ispighool ke bhoosi for that “cleaning effect”. You can also try the 7 day bean diet as explained in the Womens’ world
5. Paleo or the Auto Immune Protocol (AIP) : Fix leaky gut, remove Inflammation, improve immune system
If you thought Paleo was restrictive, you would definitely not find AIP attractive. But both diets have tons of similarities as per Dr. Axe in AIP-diet vs Paleo and you can even combine the two as in the image above.
At the end of the day, both Paleo and AIP diets attempt to make you grain (or gluten) free, dairy free, soy free, potato free, taste free…wait, what? The taste free part was my take on it. After no rice, no roti, no doodh pitti, I did not consider life worth living. But after years of having given up on these very desi albeit highly inflammatory foods, I am ok and have lost weight too.
Paleo Benefits More weight loss, improved glucose tolerance & blood pressure control
AIP Side Effects Low Blood Sugar, New Food Allergies
Lubna Zia is Director, Portfolio and RPA at a large multimedia company in New York. She loves writing, baking, coaching, gardening and along with her husband, travelling around the world. She has also edited a travelogue on Dubai, by Sher Azam available @ Amazon, by the name of “DUBAI, No Problem : Maafi Mushkil“. She has grown up watching Pakistani dramas and that’s why she is here @ FUCHSIA!