Drastic or too-strict diets can trigger mood swings, headaches, physical and mental fatigue, irritability, digestive upset, and brain fog. Too few calories and too little carbs seem to be the biggest culprits.
Build in an extra snack, increasing portions, or adding back some fruit. To succeed, take a Goldilocks approach – not too little, not too much, just right.
About 10 years ago, I decided I wanted to lose weight. A Google search told me that there were plenty of lose-weight-quick solutions to try: Low-carb, low-fat, vegan, and Paleo diets all were top contenders. At the time, I wasn't really into critically evaluating what I was reading, so I decided that a low-carb diet was the right fit for me.
Many tried-and-tested diets have stood the test of time. These include the Mediterranean diet, low-carb diets, the paleo diet, and whole-foods, plant-based diets. These diets - and others shown to be healthy long term - share a few important similarities. Here are 6 things that all successful diets have in common.
The paleo diet is designed to resemble what human hunter-gatherer ancestors ate thousands of years ago. Although it's impossible to know exactly what human ancestors ate in different parts of the world, researchers believe their diets consisted of whole foods.