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Beginner’s 101 Guide to Diets and Meal Plans

We all know it can be hard to follow a certain diet when you’re getting up at 7am, sitting at your desk for 9 hours a day (or maybe more?!) and having to commit to your social life in the evenings. The reality of having access to those free coffee machines, birthday cakes and office snacks can be really tempting, which is why it is important to have a healthy and consistent diet throughout the week.

Skipping meals because you have no time, excessive eating at your desk and indulging in “healthy snacks” that are actually high in sugar are some of the most common diet mistakes we all make.    

Health-conscious gurus have researched 5 popular diets trends. Which one can you connect with?

 

The Atkins Diet

Want to lose a bit of weight? Focus on eating high-level amounts of protein and fat, but whatever you do, avoid mainstream carbohydrates. Low-carb vegetables such as kale, broccoli and asparagus however are still good to eat.

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The Zone Diet

Controlling your body weight and successful weight loss can be one of the hardest things. Follow this guidance and balance your nutrition in each meal and you should see a difference:

  • 40% high-quality, unrefined carbohydrates (whole grains, plant seeds, fruit)
  • 30% fats (olive oil, avocado)
  • 30% protein (nuts, fish, poultry)

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The Ketogenic Diet

Similar to The Atkins Diet, but not as strict, “Ketosis” focuses on reducing carbohydrate intake and upping fat intake, which allows the body to burn fat as fuel, rather than carbohydrates.

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The Vegetarian Diet

No animals (except for eggs and dairy). Simple as.

Studies show that vegetarians have a lower body weight, suffer from less diseases, and have a longer life expectancy. So if you want those three things, then go veggie.

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The Vegan Diet

No animals at all. This is more than a nutritional diet. Vegans also care for the environment, ethics and compassion. So if you’re more of a plant-based gal or guy and care about animal suffering then this is for you.

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No time to stick to the diet during the week? Meal prepping is your answer! Here’s a beginner’s 101 guide to help you make use of those dragging Sunday mornings and prep your food for the week.

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And of course, slogging about at your desk is not just because of the food you’re eating, but probably because of the lack of exercise. Taking the stairs instead of the lift can be a good start but not enough to get your heart really pumping! TruBe trainers can come to you before work, during your lunch break or after work, so really, there’s no excuse. They are here to help you, to give you motivation and can advise on meal plans, so get in touch with TruBe and start a new journey by downloading the app now.