Vegan? Keto? IF? Gluten free?What?! What?! What??!!
Vegan: Anything except meat, fish, poultry and other dairy products. There is a broader definition I believe to veganism but we’re talking in terms of nutritional related.
Pros: Easier ability to consume higher fibre intake and high nutrient dense food via increased plant and vegetable consumption.
Cons: Harder (not impossible) to consume adequate protein intake, especially if goal is bodybuilding or participating in very active sports.
Keto: High protein, high fat (usually), low carbohydrate consumption.
Pro: Protein requirement met easily. There is a lower chance of over-consumption and exceeding total daily calorific requirement, higher energy requirement needed to break down protein for digestion, great for fat loss.
Cons: Carbohydrate primary source for body and brain, low intake can cause brain fog, fatigue and mood swings. High protein intake can be converted to glucose for energy, however, process less preferred than carbohydrate conversion for energy.
IF – Intermittent fasting is what it says on the box; fasting for a period of time of your choosing, usually lasts anywhere between 14-24 hours. Most include the period of sleep.
Pros: Increased cognitive function (increased focus). There is a narrow window of food consumption which may result in lower total daily calorific consumption (good for fat loss).
Con: Time limit to eat (does not include water consumption). This may not be ideal for muscle building goals. Decreased cognitive function after initial high functions (due to lack of energy).
Gluten free: Gluten is a protein found in some grains, especially wheat. Technically, “gluten” is a term applied specifically to the combination of the Prolamin proteins called Gliadins and the Glutelin proteins called Glutenins that are found in wheat. Gluten is found in the following grains: Wheat, Barley, Bulgur, Rye, Spelt, Oats (possibly, the proportion of individuals with gluten sensitivity that are also sensitive to the storage proteins in oats is likely less than 1%).
Pros: Foods containing gluten (usually) taste damn good!
Cons: Foods containing the protein usually taste delicious! However, are very calorific dense. Over-consumption is very easy to do and is often done. If you have medically proven gluten intolerance then you may experience a wide range of symptoms found here, and may be advisable to take gluten out of your diet.
However, what you cut out you must replace with the equivalent in taste or better in order to refrain from going back to consuming gluten filled food.
Tldr: Most diets focus on you taking control and being more conscientious of what you put in your mouth and consume. This is half the battle with fat loss nutrition… You dictate what and how much you consume. No diet is ultimately better than the other but the best one is that which you can do for more than a day!
Tip: if you are not bound by religious boundaries, or any moral/ethical code restricting you from consuming meat etc.
Why not mix the different diets out there. Practise keto 1 day, IF the other, vegan the next and gluten free for another day or two. Some may be offended by this but they’re not my problem and shouldn’t be yours either.
Until the next one, stay strong and conquer my fellow ALL STRENGTH athletes!
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