The current ones are paleo and gluten free diets, but they’re
A good diet, a beneficial diet, will not be a fad. Didn’t
you notice that the Atkins diet isn’t around as much? Because it didn’t work
and it was dangerous.
So let’s consider the gluten free diet. While I love that it’s
more common so it’s easier for my friends with Celiac’s disease, it’s really
not a good idea for people without gluten issues. Do you know what gluten is?
It’s a structural protein in wheat. That’s seriously all it is. So a lot of
gluten free stuff actually has extra sugar and other additives to make up for
the lack of structure that gluten would normally provide. Yes, I totally
understand eating gluten free if you’re cooking a meal with someone with Celiac’s.
It’s easier and not that harmful. But to go gluten free just because it’s “healthier”
doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.
So for paleo, you eat a lot of meat and fat and veggies with
very little carbs. Cutting carbs is a good way to lose weight if you’re not
very active and want to lose weight quickly, but it’s not a good idea if you’re
lifting. Your muscle needs glycogen to work. Depriving your body of carbs when
you’re someone who lifts a lot is just going to slow your lifting progress and
make you feel like shit. Another thing to consider is how much fat you end up
taking in. Cutting carbs is fine. Whatever. But that doesn’t make it okay to
eat heaps and heaps of fat. How is that any healthier than eating some rice? Do
you honestly want me to believe that it’s so much healthier to put a shit ton
of butter in my coffee than to put in a packet of sugar? Eating a ridiculous
amount of fat isn’t good for you. Period.
Look at a diet carefully and consider your lifestyle. Think
about if the diet would work for your body and your needs, and really do your
research. Look at the science and how a diet would affect your body.