Find Out Which Diet is Right For You

These programs have been tried and tested

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Fitness coaches and instructors emphasize the importance of the 3 Ps – Proper Exercise, Proper Rest, and Proper Diet. Yes, you hit the gym and you get enough sleep, but the last one can get tricky. It’s different strokes for different folks, and while some can shed pounds just by skipping that glass of fatty milk, others have to try a lot harder. Each body can react differently to diets, so it’s important to know the tried and tested ones. Listed below are 6 famous programs that can fit different lifestyles. Go ahead and choose the one that you can stick with for a long time!

1. Keto


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What is it? The Ketogenic diet has been making rounds online for a while now, and a lot of people have in fact claimed it as a wondrous way to shed off the pounds. The goal is to bring your body into the state of Ketosis (i.e. when your body burns fats instead of carbs for energy), which is why you have to keep carbohydrate intake extremely low and fat intake high in order for the diet to work.

What you can eat: eggs, meat, butter, olive oil, cheese

What you have to avoid: pasta, rice, bread, sugary food

Who is it for? The Keto Diet is ideal for those who want to lose weight and improve their metabolism quickly.

To make your keto orders, check out @ketogenicdietph on Instagram

2. Paleo


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What is it? If you’ve read books about the Paleolithic Era, chances are you’ve noticed how lean and muscular people are in the pictures. The gist of this diet is learning to eat like the ancients to get a fit physique. When planning your meals, the rule of thumb is that if you can obtain food by “hunting or gathering”, then you can eat it.

What you can eat: lean meat (grass-fed animals are better), fruits, vegetables, fish

What you have to avoid: grains, dairy products, potatoes, pasta, bread, and processed food

Who is it for? The paleo diet attracts bodybuilders and those who take weight loss and muscle development seriously.

To make your orders for the Paleo diet, check out @paleomanila on Instagram

3. South Beach


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What is it? This doctor-designed program is all about choosing the right carbs and the right fats. The first of three phases restricts the person from almost all carbs, starchy food and dairy products. For this part, lean protein is a priority. But once you graduate to phase two, you’ll be able to eat healthy carbs (e.g. fruit, whole grain bread, whole wheat pasta) again. The last phase is all about maintaining what you’ve been eating in the previous stage.

What you can eat: lean protein, vegetables, nuts and seeds, and lean Meat

What you have to avoid: fatty meat and poultry, full-cream milk, fruit juice, butter and coconut oil

Who is it for? Although the South Beach Diet is primarily for those who want to lose weight, it is also beneficial for those who are trying to improve their blood cholesterol level.

To make your orders for food that will cater to the South Beach Diet, make sure to check out @kitchenellegourmet

4. Military Diet


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What is it? Although this diet is not in any way affiliated with the military, it shares the strictness of its namesake. In order to reap its benefits, you must follow the meal plan by the dot. The first three days consist of low-calorie meals. It is then followed by a four-day break from the program. Don’t be fooled, though. You are still encouraged to lower your calorie intake during the break. The one-week plan is considered as one cycle and you may repeat it for as long as you need.

What you can eat: Whatever is in the meal plan (give link linking to sample military diet meal plans online)

What you have to avoid: Whatever is not in the meal plan

Who is it for? This diet is for someone who is looking for a cheap diet alternative that will make them lose weight as fast as possible. It even claims to help people drop as much as 10 pounds in a week!

To get your fill of low-calorie meals, check out @thesexychef on Instagram

5. Atkins Diet


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What is it? Due to its similarities, the Atkins Diet is sometimes mistaken for the Keto Diet. They both consist of low-carb meal plans and they both bring your body into Ketosis. The difference is that while the latter puts a limit on your protein intake, this one doesn’t. This is counted as an advantage since people will more likely be able to stick with it. The Atkins Diet also eventually lets you eat nutritious food like quinoa and fruits.

What you can eat: meat, seafood, eggs, nuts and seeds, and healthy fats

What you have to avoid: sugary food, grains, starches, and food with trans fats

Who is it for? This diet will suit those who want to lose weight but are too busy to count their calories.

To get your fill of low-carb meals that the Atkins Diet certainly approves of, check out @munchmanila ‘s offerings on Instagram

6. Vegan Diet


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What is it? Perhaps the Vegan Diet is one of the first diets you have encountered in your life. Being vegan means avoiding eating products made from animals. While some do it for religious and ethical reasons, it is also beneficial for those who are trying to shake off the extra lbs and improve their blood sugar.

What you can eat: fruits, vegetables, tofu, and cereals

What you have to avoid: meat, seafood, animal-based ingredients (whey, casein, gelatin, etc.), eggs

Who is it for? The vegan diet is for those who are trying to reduce carbon footprint and animal exploitation, while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

For vegan based meals, make sure to check out @greenerykitchenph on Instagram

Before trying these out, don’t forget to consult your doctor or nutritionist first! 

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