Diets to Help Shed Winter Weight

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It is common knowledge that most people gain weight during the winter months. Once spring arrives and warmer weather moves in, the motivation to lose those extra pounds hits. Rather than fast and starve, try one of these popular and effective diets along with exercise in order to get healthy and feel great:

Mediterranean Diet

It’s no secret that people who live in Greece and other Mediterranean countries generally live longer and healthier lives. The diet they adhere to makes a huge difference in their health and well-being. The Mediterranean diet pyramid consists of a diet that is low in sugar, red meat and saturated fats. This diet reduces blood pressure and decreases the risk of heart disease. The Mediterranean diet also reduces LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.

This diet consists mainly of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes, olive oil, and whole grains. Seafood and fish may be enjoyed a few times per week. Dairy can be eaten in moderation, and sweets and red meat are to be enjoyed sparingly. Red wine can also be part of the Mediterranean diet in moderation.

Paleo Diet

The Paleo diet is based on the Paleolithic period tens of thousands of years ago. It consists of food that cavemen hunted, gathered, and ate: animals and plants. This diet mimics the days before agriculture, when fish, animal meat, fruits and vegetables were plentiful. The Paleo diet simply goes back to eating the way humans were made to eat biologically.

Those on the Paleo diet may eat meat that is only grass-fed and not grain-fed. No dairy or processed foods are allowed. Chicken and other fowl is allowed, as well as eggs and fish. Veggies, fruits and nuts can be enjoyed. No grains or refined sugar are to be eaten on the Paleo diet.

Raw Food Diet

This diet consists of natural, uncooked and unprocessed foods that are packed with enzymes and nutrients, allowing the body to reach its healthiest. Most people who follow a Raw Food diet are vegan since almost 80 percent of what is eaten should be plant-based. However, some eat raw animal products such as unpasteurized milk and sashimi. Other types of raw meat are also allowed on the Raw Food diet.

Fruits and veggies make up a great deal of this diet, as well as nuts, seeds, and raw almond butter. Grains are okay to eat on the Raw Food diet, as well as dried legumes and beans. Fresh squeezed juices are also a big staple of the Raw Food diet.