The Atkins Diet

What is it?

The principle of the Atkins diet is to severely restrict carbohydrates in order for your body to turn to your fat stores for fuel, rather than using recently ingested carbohydrate-rich foods. The theory behind this is that when carbs are minimal, your body releases a by-product named ‘ketones’ to use as an energy source – meaning your body has the fuel to function whilst concentrating on burning excess body- fat. The aim behind this is to reduce your overall body fat percentage.

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Gluten Free Diets

What is it?

Exactly what it says on the tin! A gluten-free diet is a diet which contains no gluten, a protein composite found in wheat and related grains, such as barley and rye. It removes starchy carbohydrates from your diet such as beer, bread, cereal, pasta, reformed meat and condiments.

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The Paleo Diet

What is it?

Paleo: a new diet that has arguably grabbed a spot as one of the healthiest diets around, otherwise known as the ‘caveman diet’. The principal behind it is to eat what the human body was ‘designed’ to eat, excluding any processed junk food. A lot of modern day food contains refined sugars, trans-fats and artificial colours and flavourings, often linked with serious diseases such as obesity and cancer.

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Ketogenic Diets

What is it?

The Ketogenic diet or the keto diet is based upon the principle of putting your body into a state of ‘ketosis,’ whereby your blood contains higher levels of ketones compared to normal. When your body is in this state, lipid energy metabolism is intact, meaning that your body will instantly begin to break down stored body fat to use as fuel rather than carbohydrates which you have ingested.

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The Dukan Diet

What is it?

According to French Practitioner Pierre Dukan, this carbohydrate-restricting diet will allow you to lose 10 pounds in one week and never expect it to return. The principle of this diet is based on allowing unlimiited consumption of a defined list of allowed foods and four phases: the “Attack”, “Cruise”, “Consolidation” and “Stabilisation” phase.

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Detox Diets

What is it?

Detox diets are most commonly known as ‘juice detox diets,’ but have many variants. To start a detox diet plan is typically to begin a state of fasting and followed by a strict diet of vegetables, fruits and an abundance of water. The idea behind this is to ‘flush’ out toxins in the body, caused by consumption of alcohol and sugary foods.

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