- The keto diet lacks fibre as it cuts out all whole grains, the majority of vegetables and fruits and limits 'approved' vegetables due to their carbohydrate content
- Keto diet research for weight loss and long-term health is still new
- 'Keto Flu' is real and causes fatigue, constipation, headaches, changes in mood and bad breath. Symptoms can last up to three months.
"The paleo diet can work well for those who enjoy cooking and eating at home, and already limit carbohydrates," says Olivia.
- Increasing research shows the importance of fibre and probiotic foods for our gut health. Paleo doesn't support this as it restricts bacterial-beneficial foods like yoghurt, lentils and sourdough bread.
- Excluding whole food groups can cause nutritional deficiencies and impact on an individual's overall health.
- Some of the foods, such as nuts and seafood can be expensive
- Although the Mediterranean diet allows moderate drinking, particularly of red wine for the cardiovascular benefits, it's still important to limit alcohol intake and have at least three alcohol-free days each week.
- Fasting is designed to reduce the time we have to eat, therefore reducing the amount of food we eat, but for some it does the opposite
- Restriction can push people to binge eat and crave high calorie foods.
Before to start a diet you should consider:
- Am I willing to cut out XYZ forever?
- Am I willing to restrict eating out with friends, possibly forever?
- Does this align with the life I want to live?
- Do I enjoy this?