When people hear the word ‘diet’ they instantly think of fad diets requiring people to eat bland and tasteless food and constantly be hungry. In reality however, there are a number of popular diet plans which have proved to be hugely popular and effective. HCG diets and injections for example, are growing in popularity every single week, and that’s before we’ve even scratched the surface. Whether you want to burn fat, build muscle, tone up a bit, or simply improve your health and well-being, there’s almost certainly a diet plan out there that will work for you. Here are 3 popular diet plans to consider, no matter what your goals and personal circumstances may be.
First on our list is a diet protocol which we touched upon briefly in our intro. Yes, we’re talking about the HCG diet. The idea behind this diet is that an individual will receive HCG injections. HCG is a naturally-occurring hormone that helps prolong satiety and helps the body to utilize calories more effectively. This means that the body is able to function on low caloric intakes and still burn fat and enjoy plenty of energy. Plus, the HCG injections also help to preserve lean muscle tissue. The diet features 3 phases. The first phase requires an individual to consume more calories than usual. The second phase is a very low-calorie phase, and the third phase is a maintenance phase to help the body to acclimatize to eating more calories than in phase 2. People have enjoyed very impressive levels of weight loss on this diet plan.
The paleo diet
Next up we have the paleo diet. The paleo diet is sometimes called the ‘caveman diet’. The reason for this is that it requires people to consume the same types of food that their caveman ancestors used to consume back in the Paleolithic era. The idea is that you eat the types of foods that can only be hunted, foraged, or found. You ignore all processed foods as the human race began eating those much later. Paleo diets are generally rich in meat, healthy fats, nuts, seeds, berries, some fruits, and some vegetables. If the food or drink is the result of farming and agriculture in any way, shape, or form, it is ignored. People generally enjoy better digestion, weight loss, and muscle growth and preservation on this diet, while also staying clear of allergies and intolerances.
Ketogenic diets are also relatively new in terms of popularity, especially in the bodybuilding and fitness worlds. Ketogenic diets require individuals to consume foods and drinks that force the body into a state of ketosis. When we deprive the body of sugars and carbohydrates, it panics as these are what it normally uses for energy. After 3 – 5 days of very low carbs, the body will enter ketosis, which then allows it to utilize stored body fat as a source of energy, instead of carbohydrates. Keto diets however, are not the same as Atkins. The Atkins diet is a low carb, moderate fat, high protein diet. Keto diets are high fat, moderate protein, low carb diets. A typical breakfast on keto for example, may include things like smoked salmon, avocado, and scrambled egg.