Has there ever been an ideal diet?

In the past year there has been an obsessive question that almost all nutritionist and specialized magazines receive: what is the ideal diet? As celebrities show off their bodies at every red carpet event, talking about revolutionary diets that helped them lose weight, more and more publications appear, each one praising a certain doctor who revolutionized the idea of dieting and came with yet another way that promises to burn calories in a flash, even without considerable effort. But which of these do actually keep their work and, most importantly, which do this without being a threat to the health? To tell the truth, sometimes dieting is a trial-and-error kind of experiment and many times even famous diets fail to give results. But this does not stop so-called professionals to come up with new, “unique and revolutionary” ways of losing weight that not only make you thinner, but also help you have a better mood, more energy and a faster metabolism. While it is true that some of them are indeed effective and bring positive results, others are simply the result of aggressive advertisements and only work on few people. There are many diet types, but by and large they can be placed in two categories: excessive protein intake and moderate protein and carbohydrates intake.

Excessive protein intake

ScalesSome of the most famous diets involving the excessive intake of proteins are the Atkins diet, Protein Power and The Schwarzhein Principle. They are all based on the same principle: if the level of carbohydrates drops, the nody begins to burn fats in order to compensate for the energy loss. The problem is that these diets also impose certain restrictions on the consumption of fruits and vegetables, which are vital for the prevention of many diseases. Also, the change is quite abrupt: you have to drastically drop the carb intake from the first day of diet, so in the beginning you will feel very weak and confused. Another challenge is that these diets are actually an effective short terms solution, because you can drop about one kilogram/week, but after you stop it, you will only put on those pounds. And because these diets have too many proteins, but too few carbs, vitamins and fibers, they are obviously not recommended all the time, because you will only ruin your health.

Moderate carbohydrate and protein intake


The diets in this category – Wrinkle Cure, Sugar Buster, Zone, just to name a few – have approximately the same nutritive structure, meant to prevent drastic fluctuations of the glycemic values throughout the day. The theory is simple: we know for a fact that whatever we eat affects the level of glucose in the blood, but there are certain foods which cause a sudden pike in this value. As a response, from the need to keep the glycemy at normal levels, the body releases insulin. Insulin fluctuations influence the mood, metabolism and appetite. In theory, these diets look quite balanced from the nutritional point of view, but sometimes they are associated with supplements, which should never be taken without professional advice.

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