There is always a new diet fad sold to you in the magazines, and some seem extreme or too hard to follow. Here are two of the most popular diets currently practiced in the male modelling world and gives the pros and cons regarding each one so that you can better choose a diet that is right for you. Always talk to a doctor if you have any existing health issues that might be affected by dieting.
Suitably male, the Paleo Dietis also known as the caveman diet. It was the most searched weight-loss method in 2013 and consists of all foods that can essentially be gathered, hunted or fished. In short, it is meat, fish, seeds, fruit, and veg. It is based on the diet that we assume our ancestors ate before the development of agriculture. So, anything that is refined or cultivated is off the menu. Some say that it is practical in the long run and shows weight loss and good health, and the lack of sugars reduces chances of type 2 diabetes.
This diet dismisses processed food in favour of fruit and vegetables – this is definitely a good thing in terms of calorie intake and nutrition. It doesn’t involve counting calories which makes it easy to stick to, as long as you create new habits in the supermarket and have enough inventive ideas.
Its health claims lack scientific evidence, but this is true for many diets as long term benefits and detriments have not been possible yet. Many versions of this diet ban dairy products which form part of a balanced diet and like all high protein diets it can get expensive to maintain. Vegetarians shouldn’t attempt the paleo diet as its impossible without meat.
The Atkins Diet starts with two weeks of a low carb diet which aids rapid weight loss. In these two weeks you are only allowed protein, fat and limited carbs. Atkins allows unlimited fats, which is unusual for a diet, but obviously too much will negate any positive effects on your weight. Phase one is designed to help you lose up to 8kg in two weeks, reducing to 1-2kg during phase two.
Weight loss happens very quickly and this can be a big motivator.
Bad breath, dry mouth, tiredness, dizziness, insomnia, nausea, constipation. Quite a list of negatives but with any dietary change your body will recoil to some degree. Don’t sacrifice too much for a modelling career and chance to find a modelling agency to sign you up.