Types of Diets: Do They Really Work?

When we consider changing our eating habits, we find ourselves with multiple types of diets to choose from. However, not all have the same goals. Below, you will be able to discover which are the best known diets and what each one is based on.

Most common types of diets

We could describe the term diet as those eating habits that make up our daily diet. Diets vary depending on the person, the tastes or needs of each one. The best known are:

Hipocaloric Diet

It is a diet that restricts daily caloric intake, that is, calorie consumption is sharply reduced, providing the body with less energy than recommended. This type of diet is the most common when treating cases of overweight or obesity since it produces visible changes very quickly. However, it is not a reliable diet as it tends to have a rebound effect, which means that the results do not last over time and the patient regains their previous weight again.

Hypercaloric Diet

Unlike the low calorie hypocaloric diet, the hypercaloric diet provides a higher energy load than the body needs. It is a diet that is used, mostly, by people who want or need to increase their muscle mass.

Detox Diet

The term detox has become popular in recent years. In this case, the detox diet is created to “detoxify” our body from heavy meals or excess fat. There are several ways to carry it out: with weekly cleansing shakes that complement the daily diet or exclusively consuming liquids for at least one day a week. It is a dangerous diet since the consumption of excess fluids without a food base in our body can cause imbalances in our absorption of vitamins and proteins, which poses a risk to health.

Protein Diet

As its name suggests, this type of diet is based on a protein consumption much higher than the consumption of carbohydrates and lipids. It is a low calorie diet and quite famous among people who play sports and want to lose weight.

Vegetarian Diet

Finally, the vegetarian diet only defends the consumption of products of plant origin, basing the diet on the consumption of legumes, fruits, vegetables or vegetables, thus eliminating any product of animal origin.

Disadvantages of these types of diets

  • They do not last over time
  • They have side effects such as loss of energy or lack of vitamins
  • Some of them increase the risk of cholesterol or blood glucose
  • They can cause irritability, anxiety, loss of muscle mass, dizziness or tiredness

What is the best type of diet?

A good diet improves and maintains our health. In our diet, all the foods in the food pyramid groups such as bread, meat, vegetables, fruits and seeds must be present, reducing as much as possible the foods that provide more calories than energy, such as pastries or drinks sugary energetics.

Therefore, a balanced diet and a small exercise routine of at least 30 minutes a day will help you improve your health, your body and your mind.

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