Whether you are trying to lose weight or build muscles, the diet is just as important as the exercise routine, and in some cases, even more so because a bad diet makes it so much tougher to reach your goals.
On that note, we are now going to take a look at four of the most popular diets in use today.
GM stands for General Motors because the company developed this diet for their employees some thirty-odd years ago. The diet comes with the promise of making you lose as much as 15lbs in the very first week. The highlight of the GM diet is that it changes the daily food items on the menu every single day for the entirety of the week. Fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat and lots of water are all part of the diet, but it varies, depending on which day of the week it is.
The ketogenic diet follows one of the basic rules of weight loss, which is to cut down on carbs, but it takes it to a much more severe degree than most other diets. Instead of eating at least some carbs for energy, the person on the diet starts to consume a lot of healthy fats and a little bit of protein. While seemingly counterintuitive, the goal of the ketogenic diet is to break through to ketosis; a phase where the body internally readjusts its habits and prioritizes breaking down the fat cells for energy, instead of relying on carbohydrates, which are usually the body’s first choice as a source of energy.
The HCG diet relies basically on the two principles of ultra-low-calorie intake and consumption of human chorionic gonadotropin. The actual HCG comes in the form of drops; to find out more about them, click here. It works on the idea that the HCG hormone, which is naturally found at elevated levels in pregnant women, can bring about rapid weight loss when coupled with a very low-calorie diet. Ingredients to look for in a quality HCG drop include ornithine, arginine, L-Carnitine and, of course, the HCG itself.
The Zone Diet
The Zone Diet has a very simple carb: fat: protein ratio that people must follow religiously in order to control their insulin levels. This means that each meal you have should consist of 40% carbs, 30% unsaturated fats and 30% protein. While it isn’t the simplest diet to follow at every meal, the Zone Diet can be effective at reducing inflammation because that’s part of the goal here.
Keep in mind that while these four diets are very popular, their efficacy will vary from person to person, depending on multiple factors such as the goals of the person following the diet, the physical and medical condition in which he/she is in, etc. A general advice would be to give a diet a short trial run of a month to see if it’s working for you. If it isn’t showing results or if it’s still causing side-effects after a month, it’s time to try something else.