Sometimes eating healthily seems like it’s harder than its worth. This is especially true when the foods they say are healthy for you are announced to be unhealthy a few days later.
How do you know what to eat and what not to?
When it comes to meal plans for weight loss, you really want to pick ones that you can switch to and stay with. If it’s cutting out entire food groups, it’s probably going to be bad for you.
However, if it supports the ingestion of healthy foods, then you can stick with it indefinitely and keep the weight off (yo-yo dieting is worse than obesity in many cases).
What are Healthy Meal Plans?
There are plenty of healthy weekly meal plans out there that offer you all you need to know about the foods that are good for you to eat when it comes to losing weight.
Some of them may be fad diets, but sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between what’s really good for you and a fad (and sometimes fads work).
Here are some of the current diet trends in meal plans that you may want to consider if you’re looking for a healthy way to change your diet and eating habits, and lose weight.
1. Paleo Diet
Paleo diet meal plans are diet plans that are based on the way people ate long before farming was invented. It gets this clever name from the Paleolithic era when it was supposedly common to eat this way – as hunters and gatherers.
The problem with a diet like this is that the ancient people that ate this way actually went out and hunted their meats and gathered their nuts and seeds, they didn’t just go to the store and buy them.
Because you’re essentially cheating to eat this way, you could possibly gain weight instead of losing it, if you’re not combining the diet with a workout plan. However, since you’re still making healthy meal choices, you’ll get a lot of good benefits too.
What you’ll eat on this diet includes fruits and vegetables, fish and other lean meats, and nuts and seeds. This includes anything you could find out in the wild. This cuts out eating things like grains and dairy products.
2. Ketogenic Diet
Lovingly known as Keto by people that have managed to master this diet plan, at least for a short time, the Ketogenic diet is a meal plan in which you limit the number of carbs you take in while increasing fats – with the idea that your body will use the fat for energy.
It breaks down to about two-thirds of your calories coming from fat sources, one-third from protein and only about ten percent or less of it coming from carbs.
Eating this way will put your body into a state of ketosis, where it creates organic compounds called ketones that take the place of the missing carbs. In a way, you’re starving your body of the carbs it needs for energy until it takes matters into its own hands. It takes about a week (maybe less) to get to this point.
During ketosis, your body is burning off fat, but you’re also going to start having a lot of flu-like symptoms. You’ll experience diarrhea, lightheadedness, cramps, headaches, mental fog, and more. This is your body going through carb withdrawal. These symptoms last a week, and they are what begins your noticeable weight loss.
3. Whole 30
Whole 30 meal plans are all about eating whole foods and cutting out inflammatory foods that are possibly causing illnesses in your body.
Foods you won’t eat while you’re doing the Whole 30 program include refined sugar and alternative sweeteners, baked goods, dairy, pasta, grains, any kind of processed foods or beverages, and junk food).
You will be eating this whole, “clean,” meals for all three of your daily meals. These meals will include meats and seafood (that are not processed), fresh vegetables, and eggs.
The downfalls of this diet are much the same as the Adkin’s Diet. You’re taking in a lot of cholesterol with a steady diet of meat and eggs, which puts at higher risk of increasing your LDL levels.
4. The Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet is probably the most healthy option on this list when it comes to eating right and not cutting out entire food categories. Basically, you’re just eating a normal healthy diet, but you’re adding some heart-healthy olive oil to it and maybe having a heart-healthy glass of red wine with dinner. It imitates the traditional culinary styles of those countries along the Mediterranean Sea.
Your meal plans will include vegetables, fruits, fish and whole grains. You’ll be limiting your intake of unhealthy fats (that means no fried foods). The idea is limiting foods that are bad for your heart.
Because this type of eating is so heart healthy, it actually assists in lowering your bad cholesterol (by way of all the veggies and even the heart-healthy omega 3‘s in the olive oil).
It’s also possible this diet can help reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and cancer. Brain food is good food, so why not try the Mediterranean Diet next time you want to make a healthy change or lose some weight.
Eat Healthier Now
You’re going to pick the diet you want to, no matter what advice anyone gives you.
But now you have a short breakdown of some of the most popular dietary meal plans that are abuzz right now.
Pick the one that looks healthiest to you, and take care of yourself.