In the world of fitness, different types of nutrition plans have gained interest over the years and are seen as suitable for various goals.
For instance, the ketogenic diet has been popular for weight loss; meanwhile, the vegan diet has been skyrocketed due to the claimed health benefits of excluding animal products.
There are many favoured diets out there, and in this article, we’ll compare the three most popular- The Ketogenic, Vegan, and finally, The Carnivore diet.
As many of you will hopefully know I am not a huge fan of “Fad Diets” and would rather people lose weight in a healthier more balanced way, but I also know many will choose these options anyway so I want to ensure you do this with good information.
If you’re new to learning more about healthy nutrition and want to know which option is the best, keep reading!
What Makes A Good Nutrition Plan?
Sadly, many of the self-proclaimed “gurus” on the market with these diets claim that such an approach to nutrition may have more significant benefits over types of alternative diets.
The truth is that excluding a particular nutrient or focusing on a specific food group won’t help you with your progression…
Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that these diets aren’t beneficial.
The MOST IMPORTANT factor for an effective nutrition plan is its sustainability, or, in other words, how well you can stick to it – When on a diet, think in terms of “Can I do this long term or does it rather feel like a drag?”
If you’re eating keto and can’t tolerate it, why would you start it in the first place?
Let’s look at all three nutrition approaches and discuss the pros and cons of each one.
The Carnivore Diet
This approach to nutrition is one of the most recent viral ones, and there is a reason for that.
Carnivore diet proponents believe humans evolved to this extent thanks mainly to the nutrient-dense food sources that once sustained populations, as they lived in hunter-gatherer societies for a long time.
These foods increased satiety and provided essential nutrients that allowed the complex development of us humans.
The core of this nutrition plan is meat and organs, as the name suggests.
Like the ketogenic diet, the carnivore diet is high in protein, which can prevent the body from breaking down muscle tissue for energy, but it also allows for carb sources like fruits and root crops.
Pros: Highly satiating, abundant in essential nutrients
Cons: Quality meat is expensive!
If you want to find more details I would suggest checking out this website: https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/carnivore
The Ketogenic Diet
The ketogenic diet is similar to a carnivore diet in that both focus on fat and protein as the primary calorie sources.
The term ‘ketogenic’ is from the metabolic state of ‘ketosis’, where the body uses fat as its primary energy source. (the liver transforms fat into ketone bodies that are released in the bloodstream and used for energy)
People on weight-loss regimens, or people with high blood sugar levels, seem to find this diet helpful and have given a lot of positive feedback.
However, one of its most significant disadvantages is that it excludes carbs, so athletic performance would probably suffer.
Pros: Highly satiating with plenty of quality protein and fats
Cons: Almost excludes all carbs (worse athletic performance), doesn’t allow sweets, is not so flexible, may be hard and expensive to stick to
If you want to find more details I would suggest checking out this website: https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb/keto
The Vegan Diet
Unlike the carnivore diet, which puts animal products at the centre of nutrition, a vegan diet excludes all animal-derived foods.
This nutrition approach has a complete focus and devotion to plant-based food.
There are no additional benefits, as opposed to other diets (when there is calorie counting). The vegan diet can be more sustainable for some individuals, especially those that don’t tolerate animal foods too well.
Pros: Can ease digestion and improve intolerances while granting sufficient nutrients for healthy functioning.
Cons: It can be hard to find quality vegan foods, excludes the most nutritious foods (animal products), food volume is usually significant, which can result in bloats
If you want to find more details I would suggest checking out this website: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/eat-well/how-to-eat-a-balanced-diet/the-vegan-diet/
Which One Should You Pick?
Before you hurry into buying lots of asparagus and avocados, consider these questions:
- Do I like the foods included in this diet?
- Am I able to stick to this?
- Will It make me feel miserable following this plan?
- Is this sustainable?
- Will I gain enough energy for my daily mental and physical activities?
Remember, don’t fall for the marketing tricks – Do your research and, above all, experiment with the approach that is most sustainable for YOU!