The different tissues and organs of our body need a balanced diet. The food that provides the correct amount of vital nutrients is essential for the body to function properly. Apart from the concept of regular diet, these days, people are embracing some more generic forms of diet like the Paleo, Ketogenic or Atkins diet. In this article, we will discuss each of them briefly along with the health benefits associated with them and some of their possible side effects.
The Paleo diet
The Paleo diet is an ancient form of diet that dates back to the era of cavemen when they used to hunt for their food for survival, and the typical ways of eating them. It is becoming extremely popular these days as food of the cavemen. However, the question is why would a person of modern day living in an era of internet go for a Paleo or cavemen’s diet? It is just unbelievable the way it is trending across social-media, with so many group activities and meet-ups taking place.
The food that our ancestors used to eat were in their purest and wholesome form and were least processed. They used to be more basic like vegetables, meat, fish, or fruits and were eaten almost in the way provided by nature in their most organic form. They contained all the vital nutrients required by the body like vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, carbohydrates and many more. Being a balanced diet, these food used to help them in maintaining a desirable ratio of saturated and poly unsaturated fats.
There is an ever increasing craze for Paleo diet. However, the health benefits of Paleo food are still a debatable issue, as all the claims are not backed by proven findings. There is no justifiable co-relation between the sound health and disease-free health conditions of our ancestors and the food they used to have.
A Ketogenic diet
A Ketogenic diet is another form of diet that is making the headlines these days. It is designed to turn you into one of the biggest losers, in terms of weight. Apart from weight-loss, it also has some other health benefits. Being extremely low-curb and high on fats, it turns your body into a tread-mill and allowing you to lose weight whether you are exercising or snoozing. The two most important action plans that needs to be followed for a Ketogenic diet is cutting down on the intake of carbohydrates and increasing the fat intake. A standard Ketogenic diet, which is the most popular, requires
Low carbohydrate intake (5%)
Protein intake in moderation (20%)
High on fats (75%)
Studies and research say that it is beneficial for a patient of diabetes. It works by improving the functioning of insulin. In the case of type 2 diabetes, it helps in reducing weights and improve metabolism, which helps in managing the medical condition. Therefore, if properly followed, a Ketogenic diet can prove to be more than just a weight-loss diet. Initially, when you start following a Ketogenic diet, you are likely to experience some side effects which slowly subside with time. Some of these are fatigue, low levels of blood sugar, constipation, uneven heart beats, frequent urge to urinate, to name a few.
An Atkins diet is relatively similar to a Ketogenic diet. Formulated by Dr, Atkins, a renowned cardiologist, it focuses on weight loss through lowering the sugar and carbohydrate intake. It tends to help the body lose weight without restricting the consumption of calories. Being formulated by a medical practitioner and with validation through more than 80 clinical studies, the Atkins diet is undoubtedly the most proven and legitimate way of losing weight.
Just like the Ketogenic diet, you may experience some side effects in the early phase like constipation, dizziness and tiredness, which usually subside over time.