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:
Veganism is a more strict version of vegetarianism. According to Healthline:
Veganism is defined as a way of living that attempts to exclude all forms of animal exploitation and cruelty, whether for food, clothing or any other purpose.
For these reasons, the vegan diet is devoid of all animal products, including meat, eggs and dairy.
The benefits of which include weight loss and improved blood sugar control, making veganism a great diet if you have large weight-loss goals. Vegans also enjoy better heart health and a lower risk for cancer and Alzheimer's.
Making any lifestyle change takes a lot of work and preparation, and becoming a vegan is no exception. You'll find no milk, yogurt, eggs, meat, fish, or even honey in a vegan's pantry (although you might spy some algae next to their favorite nut butter brand).
Vegans have formed a tight-knight community, likely due to a shared sense of idealism about the impact one's diet can have on the environment. Self Magazine advises:
Food is all about community and sharing, so do your best to share this lifestyle with people you care about—even if they're not making the change along with you.
And for those wanting to make just as many gains in the gym as on the scale, going vegan won't set you back. Bloggers Alena and Lars of Nutriciously say:
Most people fear a loss of energy or muscle mass when abstaining from animal products – but quite the opposite is true. Meat and dairy are especially hard to digest, taking much of your energy and leaving you tired. Adopting a vegan diet does in no way hinder you from reaching your fitness goals and might likely give you a nice boost of added energy and strength.
Going vegan can introduce you to new habits, new foods, new strength and even new people.
The paleo diet is also known as the "caveman diet," and for good reason. According to Everyday Health:
In its purest form, the paleo diet allows you to eat only those foods that humans ate when they first roamed the planet millions of years ago.
This diet wasn't created to help you drop 10 pounds quickly (although that could happen, depending on your starting point). Instead, it's meant to be a complete lifestyle change where you cut out gluten, dairy, sugar, soy and all manner of processed foods. Proponents of paleo believe that our modern-day habits and dependence on processed foods have led to an increase in chronic diseases:
Obesity, heart disease, and diabetes: These are just a few of the health conditions that proponents of the Paleolithic diet, or caveman diet, blame on our sedentary lifestyles and modern diets, which are loaded with sugar, fat, and processed foods. Their proposed solution? Cut modern foods from our diet and return to the way our early hunter-gatherer ancestors ate.
Unlike many other diets, paleo does not require participants to count anything–not calories, macros or pounds. Even though you might be kissing some of your favorite foods goodbye (pasta, cereal, and candy just to name a few), people love paleo because it transforms their relationship with food and diverts their life to a healthier path.
Fortunately, if you can expand your horizons and remove certain types of food from your diet, you can stop worrying about counting calories FOREVER and instead focus on fixing your relationship with food.
The paleo diet is high-protein and works great if you're working to build muscle, or just up your energy levels. Plus, there are plenty of great recipes out there that recreate some of your favorite meals in a paleo-approved way. Welcome to the sweet-potato-gnocchi world.