Any diet started needs to be started with the support and guidance from a doctor or nutritionist. That being said, I have heard a number of times from others asking what is the best diet for the quickest weight loss. However, diets are not just for weight loss, it is about being healthier, lowering blood pressure, sugar levels and cholesterol. Just to name a few of the many metabolic diseases obesity can cause. Special diets have also improved digestion and neurological disorders like epilepsy. Eating whole foods is not just about weight loss it is about total health. Below are 5 very specific diets that help in several different metabolic and neurological disorders. However, in reading the below, if you take into the account that if you eat whole foods, control portion sizes and exercise…these special diets are a good way to live and instead of being reactive to disease we can be proactive.
Low glycemic diet:
This diet is geared towards those suffering with Type 1 or 2 diabetes. This diet looks at consuming carbohydrates that help balance glucose levels in the body. Eating lots of veggies and power starches like quinoa, brown rice, beans and peas. This diet shies away from processed foods with added sugars and high fructose corn syrup. Diabetic or not, no one should eat that shit.
This plant based diet focuses heavily on plant based food while still consuming eggs, dairy and fish. People following this diet have significantly lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Things to watch for is eating enough of the right thing. Without meat as a protein sources vegetarians must get it from other sources. Vegan protein powders may be important to add into your diet.
The Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension. This diet is promoted by the National Heart and Lung Association with the intent to control blood pressure. This diet is nothing new, eat fruits, veggies, low fat and eat whole grains etc. the daily caloric intake corresponds with age and physical activity. This diet is not rocket science just good common sense.
Low Gluten or gluten free:
Being gluten free is the new go to diet. However, this diet is very defective for those suffering from Celiac disease and some studies are being done to show how gluten impacts inflammatory diseases like arthritis. In any case when consuming gluten, one always needs to consider portion control as many forms of food with gluten can be very high is sugar, sodium, calories.
This is a highly specialized diet for those suffering for epilepsy. This is a very hard diet to follow and those using this diet to control seizures need a lot of help in balancing high amounts of fat at 80%, 15% proteins and only 5% carbohydrates. Just using sunscreen can through off this diet cause a patient to have a seizure. This diet has been used now for weight loss, utilizing energy from fat vs. carbohydrates. This is very dangerous because although neurological health may improve cardiac health can declines consuming such high amounts of fat. This diet is not intended to be lifelong.
In reviewing all of these diets I must return back to the thought if we eat well, whole foods we will be well. Other than the ketogenetic diet to help cure Epilepsy all of these diets are on the basis of common sense and eating the right thing in the right amounts. Always thinking about be proactive and not reactive.
Stacie A. Zamperini M.Ed.