What do all these gym diets mean? Surely, you’ve heard every now and then some ‘fitness freak’ stands and talks to you about the brand new diet they’ve found which nobody else has ever heard of.
We’ve no influence, relationship or favourable preference towards any diet, so we’re going to explain what each one is and whether we approve it as useful or a complete waste of time.
Not for anything more than a quick education and a bit of fun…
Diets which promise massive fat loss in an unrealistic period of time? All you need to do is join ‘the group’ by paying £300 a month, eat all their ready meals and get weighed once a week.
In case you can’t tell, this is a thumbs down.
Or If It Fits Your Macros. Firstly, it’s a thumbs up, but not for how it’s published…
Most people that follow this diet post photos on Social Media making out that all they eat is pizza, chocolate, and burgers and as long as you’re eating the right number of macronutrients in a day, it’s fits your macros so it’s fine – it’s not the case.
IIFYM is great in principle, you can eat the foods you love, cook in spices and sauces etc and still reach your goals. You still need to be eating clean and not junk food, you still need to be eating food with nutritional value.
LOL – double thumbs down!
Clean Eating Diet
Generally, the clean eating diet is exactly what it says on the tin – eating clean.
This means eating most of your foods in their natural form by only eating foods with one or two ingredients. For example, the ingredient in an apple is an apple – no preservatives, no spices, sauces etc. It makes it easy to understand what you’re eating and understand that the foods you’re eating are actually healthy.
Low carb diet
A low carb diet still means you’re eating healthy foods, it just means that you need to lower a number of carbohydrates you’re eating in a day. Before even attempting to lower your carbohydrate intake, you need to be 100% committed. It won’t be easy but it will be worth it if your goal is to lose or lean up.
Intermittent fasting, or IF, involves 24 hours of eating, followed by 24 hours of fasting.
Firstly, it sounds OK in principle but it’s definitely difficult to stick to and is seriously not recommended if you’re planning on doing any kind of exercise on those fasting days.
It might be beneficial if you have a serious amount of weight to lose and you’re not interested in sacrificing any muscle gains, that aside… it’s a thumbs down!
If you had to pick one…
We’d recommend a clean eating diet. It’s excellent for whether you’re in bulk, lose or lean mode. Make sure you’ve all your proteins, carbs and fats in your daily diet.