Which diet is best for you?
Take the quiz and find out!
1. I have no problem eliminating bread, pasta and alcohol from
my diet. Yes No
2. I have no history of cardiovascular disorders. Yes No
3. I can stick to my diet for the long term. Yes No
4. I am looking for rapid weight loss in the first few months. Yes No
5. I can commit to drinking 8 glasses of water daily. Yes No
If you chose mostly yes for this category then perhaps the Low-carb diet is right for you. Often called the Atkins diet, this plan calls for elimination of most refined carbohydrates. The Low carb diet usually results in rapid weight loss in the first few months (although most of that weight loss is due to the reduction of water weight). Some dieters following this plan see a reduction in cholesterol levels as a bonus. It is important to note that once reaching your target weight, you must continue to follow the plan to eliminate the chance for bounce back weight gain. Some people experience Ketosis which can place a strain on the kidneys. Other side effects include vitamin and calcium deficiencies as well as an increased risk for cardiovascular problems.
1. I am willing to eliminate all processed foods from my diet . Yes No
2. I am willing to eliminate carbohydrates from added sugar
or flour. Yes No
3. I have extra time available for meal preparation. Yes No
4. I am willing to give up all dairy products. Yes No
5. I have extra money in my budget for groceries. Yes No
I you chose mostly yes for this category then the Paleo or Caveman diet might be right for you. This diet eliminates all processed foods and therefore reduces sodium intake as well. Another feature of the Paleo diet is the elimination of added sugars and processed flour. The Paleo diet increases the amount of Omega-3 fats which are healthier and it also encourages eating more high fiber fruits and veggies which can reduce your cholesterol. Beans and lentils are not allowed on this diet which is unfortunate since these foods are a great source of both fiber and protein. There are no dairy products included in this diet plan which may result in a deficiency of calcium and vitamin D. The meals are a bit time consuming to prepare for the Paleo diet and the cost of the proteins can be expensive in fact this is the most expensive diet.
1. I am at risk for type 2 Diabetes. Yes No
2. I like to eat a variety of foods. Yes No
3. I understand the difference between foods of high nutritional
value and those that are just empty calories. Yes No
4. I am not looking for rapid weight loss but rather consistent
progress. Yes No
5. I am willing to reduce my overall calorie intake and supplement
my diet with moderate exercise. Yes No
If you chose mostly yes for this category then the Low Glycemic or Low Glycemic Load diet might be right for you. This diet is based on how foods affect you blood sugar level. The Low Gl diet is easy to stick to due to the variety of foods included. Studies have found this plan to be as effective as other plans at the 12 to 24 month time frame. This diet has been shown to lower total cholesterol as well as LDL (bad) cholesterol levels. The Low Gl diet has a lower inflammatory response than other diets which is better for cardiovascular health. You will need to develop an understanding of the Gl index and take into consideration that not all low Gl foods have a high degree of nutritional value. Calories still need to be considered along with the nutritional value when making meal plans. Most people on this diet have a good degree of success staying on target.
Before starting any diet plan you should always consult your physician and plan to include daily exercise into your routine. All of these diets will typically even out as far as results are concerned after 12-24 months. The most important thing to take into consideration when choosing a diet plan is you. Choose a diet that works for you and helps you reach your goals but without harming your health. Also keep in mind that our eating patterns are ingrained habits that we have formed over time, gaining success with any new plan will require analysis of your habits and a plan to change them.