Best diet for 2019: Keto or vegetarian? | The Tylt

FINAL RESULTS
Best diet for 2019: Keto or vegetarian?
#GoKeto
A festive crown for the winner
#GoVegetarian

Both of these diets involve cutting down or eliminating certain food groups completely. The Ketogenic diet involves drastically lowering your carb intake and increasing your fat intake. Proponents of keto say these tactics put their bodies in a metabolic state known as ketosis, burning more fat as a result. The vegetarian diet involves eliminating all meats. Vegetarians tout the diet's environmental benefits, increased whole-food intake, and more. Which diet would you choose?

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A new year means new goals, and The Tylt is here to help you on your journey! There are tons of diets out there, and it's hard to know which one is right for you. Follow along on our quest to name the best diet for 2019 and discover each diet's pros, cons, and possibilities. No matter which one you try, any effort to create a more healthy lifestyle is an admirable one. Vote below for the diet you'll be following this year:

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Although the keto diet might be the latest fad, according to Eating Well, it's been around for nearly 100 years. Healthline defines keto as a low-carb, high-fat eating style. The key to keto is getting your body into the metabolic state known as ketosis:

When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain.

Dieters essentially track their macronutrients (grams of fat, carbs, and protein) in order to meet what would otherwise be an unconventional balance between the three, with the ultimate goal of becoming a "fat-burning machine". 

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If counting macros instead of calories sounds overwhelming to you, don't fret, there are plenty of tools out there to help simplify the process. 

Foods frequently found in keto kitchens include things like nuts, avocados, greek yogurt, grass-fed meats and butters, olive oil and fatty fish. You won't find high-carb fruits like bananas and apples, as well as grains of any kind. 

But be forewarned, although a keto diet enables higher fat-intake, you should still stick to clean, non-processed, whole foods. As Perfect Keto's Dr. Anthony Gustin says:

If you’re taking a dirty approach to your new low-carb diet and let hot dogs and preservative-packed cheeses become your go-to staples, you’ll quickly see the opposite health effects (think: no weight loss, possible weight gain, and higher than necessary cholesterol levels).
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Far more people are familiar with the vegetarian lifestyle than many other diets out there, as five percent of Americans adhere to it, according to Gallup. According to Medline Plus:

A vegetarian diet focuses on plants for food. These include fruits, vegetables, dried beans and peas, grains, seeds and nuts. 

There are a number of reasons why someone might choose a vegetarian diet, ranging from environmental motivations to reducing their risk for chronic disease. According to DowntoEarth.org, meat production increases methane, carbon dioxide, and greenhouse gas emission. By becoming a vegetarian, many people believe they are doing their civic duty to lessen their carbon footprint and prevent global warming. 

The Vegetarian Times adds a number of health reasons to go on a no-meat diet:

A vegetarian diet reduces the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer including colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung and esophageal cancer.
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In a vegetarian's kitchen, you will obviously find an assortment of fruits and vegetables, as well as things like rice, beans, tofu, nuts and eggs to account for the protein most people get from meat. 

Be forewarned, eliminating any food group from your diet is no easy task, and it should not be done without proper research and preparation. According to Healthline's Rachael Link, vegetarians must pay close attention to their vitamin intake, as they are prone to iron, B12 and calcium deficiencies. And keep in mind:

Unfortunately, just because a food product is labeled 'vegetarian' or 'vegan' doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthier than the regular alternative.

Check out these helpful and yummy recipes if this is the diet you choose!

FINAL RESULTS
Best diet for 2019: Keto or vegetarian?
#GoKeto
A festive crown for the winner
#GoVegetarian
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