From Mediterranean diet to intermittent fasting, five healthy ways to lose weight
Ask anybody who’s tried to lose weight through a new diet and maintain it for the long haul, and you’ll know that it’s no easy feat. You can pick a diet that you’ve heard is extremely effective, stick to it religiously for a few months, but maintaining most of these diets for years and years is next to impossible.
A study published in the Indian Journal of Medical Research in 2018 explains that while a lot of these diets gain immense popularity among young people, they’re often extreme, especially when it comes to carbohydrate and fat intake.
So, they might lead to sudden and extreme weight loss, but also health issues due to an unbalanced diet and sudden weight gain because of non-sustainability in the long run.
Healthy diets: a match made in weight-loss heaven
What most people fail to realise when getting excited about a new diet is the sustainability factor, but it’s clearly the most important one.
A study published in the Medical Clinics of North America in 2018 points out that long-term weight management can be challenging given the interactions between our biology, behaviour and the increasingly obesogenic environment we live in.
The most effective solution to this issue is to pick a diet that’s naturally sustainable, includes all possible micro- and macronutrients your body needs to maintain immune response, strengthens your resolve to follow through and prevents relapses to binge-eating habits. Believe it or not, there are a few diets that provide this perfect match of nutrition, disease prevention and weight management in the long run.
1. Plant-based diet
It’s not necessary that you go completely vegan, just a vegetarian diet is effective enough for sustained weight loss, and many studies have proven this time and again. One study published in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology in 2017 explained how a plant-based diet is very effective in lowering your body mass index and weight in the long run.