Weekend going well everyone?
I spent the day OUTSIDE. It was gorgeous! Certainly did not feel like a September day…more like July with the 80 degree temps!
My mom and I planned on going kayaking but ended up having to wait on a waiting list for 2 hours before we were able to go! But it was well worth the wait for our glorious hour-long trek. I’ll share the pics later this week!
Today’s post is all about my Focus On series…or rather a wrap up for it!
It was a really fun series of topics to post about and I thoroughly enjoyed all your input and feedback in regards to the different posts!
Here are the four diet trends that the series covered:
And the to wrap up the series I thought it would be a good idea to just do a short summary of some of the other less popular fads that have come and gone in the world of health over the years…
The ZONE diet:
A calorie-restricted diet that provides adequate protein, moderate levels of carbohydrates along with essential fats, and micronutrients spread throughout the day into three meals and two snacks that approximately maintain the protein-to-carbohydrate ratio throughout the day.
The Atkins Diet:
The Atkins diet involves limited consumption of carbohydrates to switch the body’s metabolism from metabolizing glucose as energy over to converting stored body fat to energy. The diet is based on the theory that overweight people eat too many carbohydrates. Our bodies burn both fat and carbohydrates for energy, but carbs are used first. So by drastically reducing carbs and eating more protein and fat, the diet claims that you will lose weight by burning stored body fat.
The practice of following a diet that includes fruits, nuts and seeds, without animal products, vegetables and grains. Fruitarians will eat only what falls (or would fall) naturally from a plant; that is: foods that can be harvested without killing or harming the plant.
A diet in which believers claim food and possibly water are not necessary, and that humans can be sustained solely by prana (the vital life force in Hinduism), or, according to some, by the energy in sunlight. In the absence of calorie intake, the body normally burns its own reserves of glycogen, body fat, and muscle. Breatharians claim that their bodies do not consume these reserves while fasting.
The Blood Type Diet:
The Blood Type diet is a way of eating that relies on an individual’s blood type to dictate one’s diet. Naturopathic doctor, Peter D’Adamo, presents the idea that an individual’s blood type determines which foods are healthy for him and which foods are not. He presents the anthropological origins of each of the four blood types and explains why each blood type developed specific antibodies against certain foods.
South Beach Diet:
A diet balancing the “right” fats and carbohydrates. Lean cuts of meat, poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, and low-fat or fat-free cheese. A later phase includes most fruits, some breads and pastas, and brown rice. Avoid refined grains, sweets, potatoes, and fruit juices.
The Cabbage Soup Diet:
A radical weight loss diet designed around heavy consumption of a low-calorie cabbage soup over the time of seven days. It is generally considered a fad diet, in that it is designed for short-term weight-loss and requires no long-term commitment.
The Dukan diet is a low-calorie and high-protein diet developed by Pierre Dukan, a French doctor who had vast experience helping obese people lose weight. Dukan diet aims to be a simple approach to dieting minus the calorie counting and obsessions on what food to take. Protein is the most essential element of the diet which has 4 phases for optimal weight loss results.
Definitely some interesting diets out there…but like the underlying theme of the whole series has been, it’s about finding what works for you and makes you feel your best!
Thank you to everyone who weighed in, commented, emailed, and tweeted about my series! It was definitely one of my favorite blog projects as of late and I am happy that you all could be a part of it!
And to wrap up this wrap up…
The winner of my Bob’s Red Mill giveaway!
Congrats Danielle! Email me your info and I will forward it to Bob’s people ASAP!
Hope everyone has a restful Labor day or a great start to your week if you are already back at work!
Today’s Healthy Help: Yesterday while waiting for our kayaking adventure, my boss called looking for some people to work some shifts this week. I was able to call a few of my fellow employees and help him find some people to pick up the extra hours!