A Healthier you – Diet

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Now that you have a workout routine in place and the calories are starting to be burned off, it’s time to take another bite out of your weight loss goal. It’s time for the dreaded diet!

There are so many diets out there, it’s hard to know which ones are safe and healthy and which ones will make you go into a metabolic coma. Here are a couple options that you may like. Oh, and remember, before beginning any diet or exercise routine, be sure to check with your doctor to learn if it’s right for you.

The Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean Diet emphasizes eating primarily plant based foods like vegetables and fruits. According to the Mayo Clinic, research has shown it to reduce the risk of heart disease. The Mediterranean Diet incorporates both the foods and cooking style of the region surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. Most of this region uses olive oil, fish, whole grains, and limited fats in their flavorful dishes.

Portion size is also a distinguishable difference in the Mediterranean Diet, unlike typical American size portions. This region of the world has become accustomed to smaller portions and smaller waistlines.

The Vegetarian Diet

According to the Mayo Clinic, a well planned vegetarian diet can meet the needs of people of all ages including children, adults, and seniors. The key is to be aware of your personal dietary needs so that you can put together a meal plan that meets them. If this sounds too difficult to do yourself, you can always consult a registered dietitian.

Most people think that a vegetarian diet does not include meat, poultry or fish. The truth is vegetarian diets vary in what they can include.
Lacto-vegetarian diets can include meat, fish, poultry and eggs, even the foods that contain them. Lacto-vegeterian diets can also include dairy products such as yogurt, cheese and butter.

Lacto-ovo vegetarian diets exclude, fish, meat and poultry, but you can still eat dairy products and eggs.

Ovo-vegetarian diets allow eggs, but limit meat, seafood, poultry and dairy.

Vegan diets are the most exclusive and exclude meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dairy products, as well as the foods that contain these products.

There are so many diets out there to choose from. Make sure you consult with a professional to pick the right one for you. And, when sticking to your new- New Year’s resolutions remember to start small, and stick to a plan of action. Next year you will be a whole new you!

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