Summer may be drawing to a close, but that doesn’t mean you still don’t have time to lose a few pounds for swimsuit weather! Two of the hottest diets out there today are the paleo diet and the gluten free diet. Both have their benefits, and ultimately, the type of diet you choose will be determined by your lifestyle and food preferences. Check out the quick overview of each and a few tips for getting started.
This diet can be boiled down to one phrase: if a caveman couldn’t eat it, neither can you. The diet focuses on organic products devoid of processing that a caveman could have hunted, picked, gathered or fished. Meats, fish, nuts, fresh vegetables, eggs, oils, fruits and seeds all play a huge part in the paleo diet. Grains, like most cereals and pasta, are out, as are sugars and all processed foods. The paleo diets states that because these foods are so filling and nutritious, you can eat as much as you want of them (within reason) and still lose weight.
How to get started:
Purge your home of all the foods that are off limits on this diet. This includes cookies, cereals, potato chips, candy and other processed goods. Pantry items often have a long shelf life, so donate what you can’t eat to your local food pantry.
Start a diet plan. There are many diet plans out there that can help you kick-start a paleo diet with meal plans, advice and encouragement to help you stay accountable as you start on your paleo journey.
Remember that you’ll have a transition period as your body gets used to this new way of eating. The first two weeks of a paleo diet may leave you feeling tired, weak and sluggish. Sticking with the program can help you get through the slump and on your way to a healthier lifestyle.
Gluten Free diet
Gluten is a protein complex found in wheat, barley, rye and oats. An allergy to gluten can cause celiac disease, which is a gastrointestinal ailment known for abdominal pain, weight loss and loose stools. The gluten-free diet is one of the only medically accepted treatments for this disease, but individuals without a gluten allergy have found more energy and a healthier lifestyle by going gluten-free. A gluten-free diet sticks with beans, fresh eggs, fresh meats, fruits and vegetables and dairy, and avoids any foods with barley (including malt or malt flavoring) rye, and wheat.
How to get started:
Clean out your kitchen and pantry and get rid of foods that contain wheat, barley, rye and oats. Donate items that can still be used to a food pantry. Check labels; some foods may be labeled “gluten-free” and are still acceptable on this diet.
Visit the grocery store and check the assortment of gluten-free labeled products on the market. You will be surprised how many manufactures have jumped on the gluten-free bandwagon and offer anything from waffles to pizza gluten-free. Learn to read the labels to find out exactly what is in the food that you buy.
Go shopping and stock up on fresh produce and meats. Try some fruits or vegetables that are new to you, or prepare them in different ways. Another option is to take a trip to a Farmer’s Market, where fresh food shopping can be a fun outing.
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