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5 top diets: the pros and cons

Categories: January 07, 2015 | Posted by Mukti

top 5 diets 

It's that time of year when many of us embark on new diets, not just for weight loss, but for clear skin and general health and wellbeing.

We believe the best diets are those that focus on fresh, unprocessed food close to its natural state and certified organic where possible. It's the best way to eat if you want clear and beautiful skin, lots of energy and a healthy weight.

There's plenty of variation within those guidelines, however. These 5 diets all focus on fresh food and are highly popular for different reasons.


The paleo or paleolithic diet is the modern day version of what our ancestors ate more than 10,000 years ago, before the introduction of agriculture. Vegetables, fruit, seafood, grass-fed meat, eggs, nuts, seeds, poultry.  



2. Mediterranean

Based on the traditional diet of people living around the Mediterranean region. High in fish and seafood, fruit and veggies, whole grains, beans, nuts, legumes, olive oil and herbs and spices. Moderate consumption of poultry, eggs, cheese, yoghurt and wine (one to two glasses per day). 



not designed for weight loss

can be expensive

doesn’t specify exact quantities and portion sizes 

3. Raw

Advocates say raw foods contain natural enzymes and other nutrients that are destroyed by cooking. The diet is raw or slightly heated plant-based foods: uncooked fruits and veggiees, sprouted grains, unroasted nuts and seeds, seaweed, beans, fermented foods. No processed food, sugar, alcohol or caffeine.  



4. Gluten-free

Gluten is a mixture of two proteins present in cereal grains, especially wheat, which is responsible for the elastic texture of dough. Celiac disease is an autoimmune digestive disease causing permanent intolerance to gluten. Celiacs must eat a gluten-free diet, however a growing number of people are finding they have a mild intolerance to gluten and feel lighter and more energetic on a gluten-free diet.



5. Sugar-free

Sugar can contribute to mood swings, weight gain an overloaded immune system and, over time, insulin resistance. It is also addictive. Some sugar-free diets emphasise cutting out refined sugar only (whether added to foods or contained in processed foods). Stricter sugar-free diets minimise fruit and grains as well, which convert to sugar in the body. 



which diet works best for you?  Leave your comments below, we'd love to hear about it.

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sharynsharyn says:

Jan 08, 2015 02:15pm

my family (including young children) basically follow a mostly organic wholefoods diet - i do cook/make recipes from different diets (ie. such as vegan, vegetarian, raw foods, paleo etc) but overall i try and just follow a general organic whole foods one (ie. we go without other things in life so i can afford about 80% organic food for my family). Due to medical issues, I spent the last few years researching so much about nutrition and got so confused and stressed as to whether i was feeding my children the "right way" and reading one week that one food was great, the next week it was bad, dont eat this, eat that etc.... Stress can undo all the good i did with eating the right foods for us so now i just try and chill as overall everybody is different, we have so many other variables and you need to go with what works for you and your body - basically i think the more you make yourself from scratch the better and stick to as close to nature as possible (but if you are not perfect, dont stress it).


Marianne GreenMarianne Green says:

Jan 07, 2015 04:43pm

I'm surprised you didn't mention the 5:2 diet! I am doing that one at the moment, but also am cutting out sugars, and adding more fresh fruit, veges, fish, seeds, fibre, pro and prebiotics. It's not a strict diet though, just trying to make healthier choices in general. Instead of reaching for that Mcdonalds Chocolate Thickshake (EMPTY CALORIES) , now I reach for a strawberry, blueberry, chia seed, lsa mix, oat milk and raw yoghurt smoothie (NUTRITIOUS SUPER FOODS)!


AshaAsha says:

Jan 09, 2015 12:55pm

Hi Marianne, my husband and I also started the 5:2 Fast Diet after seeing Dr Michael Mosley on a TV doco or current affairs show. It is more of a lifestyle change than a diet, and we love it! I lost 5kg in the two months leading up to Christmas (another 5-7kg to go), hubby lost 8kg. It's working for us so we'll stick with it for a few more months :-) Dr Mosley recommends a 6:1 plan once you've reached your goal weight (fasting one day a week instead of two). We found the first couple of weeks the hardest but no hunger issues on fasting days since then.

Marianne GreenMarianne Green says:

Jan 09, 2015 02:39pm

That's great Asha, I'm finding the 5:2 diet working for me as well, and I feel like I have more energy after a fast day, like my body has time to heal itself while I am fasting. Was there a particular book or website that you are using to guide you on the diet at all? I wouldn't mind finding out more about it.

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