Do diets really work? Team Marie Claire Malaysia tried out three diets in April and reports on how effective they were.
Google up “diets to lose weight” and you will be overwhelmed by an avalanche of diet information. Not only will you find an excess of best and worst diet suggestions, but you’ll also be inundated with quick diet tips. With so many new diets cropping up, it is tough to pick one that will suit you best.
Diets require a huge amount of discipline as it is hard work to maintain the routine. How well diet works will also depend on your body’s ability to metabolise fat. For example, some Keto dieters can easily force their body into Ketosis while others just can’t get their bodies to kick into this state. Researchers found that this is due to how bodies process fat. Therefore, the Keto Diet will not work for people whose bodies have difficulty processing fat.
With that discovery in mind, Team Marie Claire decided to take on the challenge of not only maintaining a strict dietary regime but also understanding one’s body better. In the name of research, we tried three different diets over the course of a week: the gluten-free, intermittent fasting and clean eating diets.
Tested the Gluten-free diet
I have never had the discipline to go on a health-conscious diet what more a weight loss diet. The reason? I just love a good bowl of ramen noodles. However, with the help of TheNakedLunchbox, I decided to get serious and pick a diet this time that could help with pressing health issues. Since I’ve always had a bloated stomach, I looked into diets that were able to resolve those issues. The gluten-free diet came up in my research and I immediately decided to try it out. My favourite from NakedLunchbox is the Matcha Pistachio Crusted Fish lunch box. As you know, most deep-fried food contains gluten from the flour used. In this case, the matcha pistachio gave the fish the crunch that a fried chicken lover would miss when on a gluten-free diet. At the end of seven days, my body kicked into a healing crisis and the bloatedness in my body reduced. Another thing to note is that a gluten-free diet also makes one feel more positive. During my research, I found that it helps people suffering from depression. There was no denying my outlook in life became more positive after cutting out all forms of flour from my diet. I have since adopted a less extreme low gluten diet that will allow me to enjoy a nice dinner out (with gluten) from time to time.
Tested Intermittent Fasting
When I first heard about intermittent fasting, the term sounded daunting and scary. After reading up a bit more about it, I discovered that I had unknowingly included intermittent fasting into my lifestyle through the hectic schedule that I was leading, although it wasn’t as timely or as strict. Recommended by a friend that has been fasting intermittently for over a year now, she led me to the app, Zero, which allowed you to track and set timers for your fasts. I loved the fact that I had this app as a companion as it would send me notifications on when to start and stop eating; making it easier for me to track my progress and ensure that I did not lose track of my eating times. I didn’t struggle with the diet. As I have gotten so used to doing it, I have just continued on. What turned out to be an experiment for just one week has carried on for almost a full month. I feel lighter and less bloated in the mornings, and more focused and alert at work. For those who are slightly nervous about starting, I suggest for you to just do it! It won’t be as scary as you’ll think it will be and the effects are truly beneficial.
Tested Clean Eating
“Eating a healthy diet has always been an intimidating task for me but life is all about compromises, right? Experimenting with a new and beneficial eating habit could do no harm, I felt. My perception of healthy food used to be that food was tasteless and unsatisfying, but with a little help, I was shown otherwise when GOCLEAN provided me with healthy dishes for lunch and dinner. With a mouth-watering menu that consists of chicken pesto pasta and dory fish with couscous to name a few, I was spoilt for choice with tasty yet healthy food. To support my clean eating ritual, I drank about four to five glasses of water daily, which for me was a feat as usually, I rarely even have one glass of water a day. Over time, my cravings for bad-for-your-body food faded away.”
Below are companions to make your journey easier:
- ZERO APP
The free to download Zero app is easy to use and already gives you presets of common fasting ratios, like 16:8, 18:6 and 20:4. All you need to do is choose your preferred fast and the countdown will instantly commence. Another great aspect of the app is its push notifications that lets you know how long you’ve got left of your fast. Available on both Apple and Android, Zero makes for an easy alternative to track your intermittent fasts.2. THE NAKED LUNCHBOX
If there ever is a highly customisable lunchbox company it would be the Naked Lunchbox. Whether your chosen diet is a clean eating regime or an oil-free diet, the crew at the Naked Lunchbox are happy to accommodate you. For Jerrica’s gluten-free diet, The Naked Lunchbox swapped out a number of items on the menu that contain gluten just to suit her diet. The company prides itself in serving food that is all-natural and preservative-free. Orders are taken on their very informative website at http://www.thenakedlunchbox.co/. Prices range upwards from RM20 and there are even lunchbox packages for you to choose from. The team refreshes the menu from time to time
with the most recent change in February 2019.
With prices ranging between rm13 to rm20, GoClean specialises in helping health conscious individuals eat clean while they are out and about. Ordering from the store’s website https://goclean.nutrient.my is fairly simple with its menu on full display the moment you enter. Most people never realise just how much oil is used in Asian food. GoClean offers everybody’s favourite Asian food cooked more healthily.