The reasons why we choose special diets may vary, but the most common one is our determination to become healthier. We have such busy schedules and work so hard every day that we don’t have time or energy to focus on the food we eat. As a result, our diets usually consist of high-calorie low-nutrition foods which don’t provide us with much energy and cause weight gain. When you pick a special diet, your mind and body are bound to positively respond, and the quality of your life will improve significantly.
Keep your weight in check
Another important factor that makes people start considering to change their diet is their weight. Very few people are satisfied with their current weight, and this is where special diets step in. Nutrient-rich, fat-reduced diets are a very effective way to help you lose weight. You will get that trim waistline, but at the same time you will significantly reduce the risk of getting diabetes and high blood pressure. Instead of eating a ton of unhealthy foods, try eating several smaller, healthier meals throughout the day to boost your metabolism.
Increase your energy levels
If the food you eat doesn’t provide you with enough vitamins (especially vitamin B12 and vitamin C), you may feel tired all the time. On the other hand, if you start eating more healthy foods, you’ll soon notice a boost in energy level. Acute fatigue syndrome can easily become chronic if you’re not careful, but simple changes in your diet can help you get your energy back. Fresh fruit, raw honey, organic vegetables, as well as vitamin supplements will make you feel better in no time. Healthy, unsaturated fats from salmon, olive oil, and avocado, as well as complex carbs from quinoa, whole wheat bread, and barley will keep your blood sugar levels low and your energy levels up.
We all want to have flawless skin, free of spots, blemishes, and pimples; but maintaining healthy, glowing skin feels like a mission impossible. This is because the food we usually eat is rich in saturated fats, and this makes our skin produce more oils in the first place. Having oily skin also means your pores are often clogged and your face is prone to breakouts. Finding a proper skincare regimen for oily skin may be challenging, but changing and improving your diet might help you. Swap foods with high fat for healthier alternatives: instead of pizzas and hamburgers, start replacing them with grilled chicken and salmon, forget about pop sodas and start drinking more green tea and water. Also, lower your alcohol intake, and swap sweets and candy bars for fresh fruit dipped in raw honey or mixed with low-fat yogurt.
Getting started is difficult, but staying on track is even more demanding, which is why you often need to find additional motivation to stick to a strict diet of your choice. However, diet itself can help you stay motivated: when you start seeing the first results, you will be even more determined. It’s not uncommon for people to take up an extra activity because they feel so motivated and energetic – they join the gym, start jogging, take up dancing, or start riding a bicycle because they love the changes they start seeing on their bodies. Not only that, but the right diet will boost your energy levels too, which means that you will be able to do longer and more demanding workouts, thus getting even better results in less time than you thought in the first place.
Reasons for caution
On the other hand, special diets demand a special preparation and a dose of caution. Vegan, ketogenic, and paleo diets all require a consultation with a nutritionist and special menus which will help you get all the necessary vitamins and nutrients even after the major change in the kind of food you eat. Special diets due to illnesses, such as celiac and Crohn’s disease, as well as diabetes, also require that you consult with a doctor and a specialist. On the other hand, dietary problems can also be a reflection of more serious problems, which is why you should consult psychologist too, besides visiting nutrition and dietary experts. If you are to shy or too busy, consider online therapy session.
What you eat has a great impact on your overall well-being, but still that doesn’t mean that you have to be iron-willed and strict with yourself. Let yourself blow off some steam from time to time, and indulge occasionally without punishing yourself afterwards. After all, the key isn’t to be perfect all the time, but to live a healthy life and eat a well-balanced diet.
Contributing Author: Claire Hastings is Australian designer, writer and regular contributor at ripped.me. She’s been writing as long as she can remember, and she is very passionate about fashion, running, other cultures, and her cat. Social media links: facebook, twitter