New Year is almost here and most of us are ready with our New Year Resolutions that circle around fitness, health and growth. Exceptional crowds in gymnasiums are markers of the New Year and it is often seen that people take up new fitness regimens to achieve their resolutions.
As a part of these regimes, people follow different diets that promise weight loss in short periods or at times, in the best of ways. However, not all of these prove to be as beneficial as they promise to be.
In fact, the U.S. News & World Report evaluated the best diets and found that diets that ranked the highest in their reports were easy to follow and nutritious, while those that ranked low on the list were quite difficult to follow.
We bring to you five diets that you should stay away from in the upcoming year so that you can manage sustainable weight loss.
1. Acid alkaline diet
This diet proscribes foods that promote acid production in the body, for example, beef. The diet recommends alkaline food items or neutral ones because if we keep eating acid-producing foods in our body, then our systems will be occupied with removing acid from the body so that optimum health can be maintained. As a part of the diet, food items like grains, poultry, meat and dairy should be eliminated and fruits, legumes and vegetables should be included s much as possible.
2. Fertility diet
As the name itself suggests, the diet aims at improving fertility in women and optimizes overall reproductive health by increasing the consumption of good fats and whole grains and limiting carbohydrates. Since the diet is low-carb, it leads to weight loss but there isn’t enough evidence to support that it increases fertility.
3. Glycaemic-index diet
Choosing foods based on your blood sugar levels is recommended by this diet. Foods that are higher on the glycaemic index scale are rich in carbohydrates. Since this diet cuts out high sugar foods it does help weight loss for sure but many healthy fruits are on the higher end of the glycaemic index scale but are good for health. In addition to this, there is no actual proof of losing weight through this diet as calories play no role in this diet.
4. Anti-inflammatory diet
The diet isn’t specific but mostly focuses on reducing inflammation in the body. The belief on which this diet is based is that what we eat is linked directly to inflammation levels. Eating a diet that is rich in healthy fats like fish, fruits and vegetables can lower inflammation levels in the body.
5. Paleo diet
This diet has gained immense popularity in recent times and states that eating foods that were only available to cavemen would help them lose weight. Foods like meat, fish, vegetables are preferred whereas other foods like refined sugar, grains, dairy and legumes aren’t considered to be suitable. This diet restricts the consumption of whole grains and is therefore not recommended.