Apologies for not being active with my blog posts for a while now, I’ve had to prioritise certain aspects of my life, leaving me with little to no time to spend on blogging. In this post, I will cover why I believe diets don’t work, and then talk about how I like to structure my meals to make sure my body is getting what it needs. So let’s get to it, should we?
Diets Don’t Work!
We’ve talked about how a vegan diet can be healthy if done correctly, but we never talked about what correctly or incorrectly means. I am not a fan of the vegan diet myself, in fact, I am not a fan of any diets at all.
There are many more nutritional benefits of the ingredients which I have listed below but I am sure you can find those with a simple google search. Smoothies are digested quickly and by drinking high-calorie smoothies you can easily boost your calorie and nutritional intake with the right ingredients. This is best used as a post-workout smoothie, however, you can consume it anytime during the day.
Sometime I will have a lighter smoothie early in the day which wouldn’t include all of those ingredients but I would then make another one later through the day, adding ingredients which I missed out on in the first one to make up for the lost nutrients.
My time is limited at the moment so I will keep this one short. In this post, I will give you some of the physical benefits you may experience by trying out a plant-based diet.
As mentioned previously, vegans and vegetarians have a lower risk of obesity than meat eaters. A study conducted at the University of Oxford found that the body mass index (BMI) was the highest in meat eaters and lowest in vegans with vegetarians ranging in between. BMI is an approximate measure of whether someone is over or underweight, calculated by dividing their weight in kilograms by the square of their height in metres.
Nimai Delgado – Vegetarian his entire life, but in 2015, he switched to a 100% vegan diet
Protein: One of the most common concerns with this lifestyle, seems to be the amount of protein a vegan gets in their diet. Let me begin by saying that people actually tend to get too much protein, more than the body requires.
The fitness industry leads people to believe people need large amounts of protein in order to be healthy and build muscle, only so that they can benefit from selling their protein shakes and bars which are usually filled with additives, sugars and low quality protein.
Research shows that many people are getting too much protein, often in unhealthy ways such as red meat. By being on a vegan diet you don’t have to worry about getting enough protein, in fact, there has never been a case of anyone with a protein deficiency on any diet. If you are consuming your recommended daily calories you will not have a protein deficiency.
Intermittent Fasting (IF) comes with a lot of health benefits, if done correctly.
<sigh> Unfortunately your mother thinking you are starving yourself isn’t one of those.
Let me begin by saying that IF does not mean eating less. A lot of people think that fasting means starving, this is simply not the case. Some IF practitioners will cut out either breakfast or dinner, however they will make up for it during their other meals, so in theory, they will be eating less meals but still eating the same amount of calories. I personally don’t feel like I have cut out any meals, as I don’t eat all my food in big chunks but think of it as not eating anything after 6pm. It all depends on when my feeding window starts really. For many people this will be the first step into IF, simply not eating anything after dinner.
In this post I will briefly talk about some different diets and why people may opt-in for a vegetarian or a vegan diet. Feel free to comment your thoughts and add on to the subject in the comments.
Fruits are made up of four groups. Acid fruits, sub-acid fruits, sweet fruits and melons.
Typically you never want to mix any of the fruits with any other food group, each group should be eaten separately. Fruits travel through the digestive track very quickly, typically within an hour which is why it’s important not to eat them with other food groups. However you can bend this rule to a degree.