Healthy diet for a healthy skin!
Generally speaking, what’s good or bad for your body over all is good or bad for your skin too. Your skin will however show the effects much sooner than your body! There are also certain foods you’d want to pay special attention to as they could be especially good or bad for your skin health. Here’s a guideline…
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Get plenty of these foods!!
Stay away from these foods!!
What ‘diet plan’ do we recommend?
The diet plan for your specific goals will depend on your lifestyle habits, your metabolism, and your goals. The best way to figure out what’s good for you is by testing yourself and tweaking based on your results.
There are, however, two mainstream diet plans that we recommend as great starting points. You can start with either of these, and tweak it to suit your specific goals.
Popularized by Dr. Loren Cordain, this is a diet based on the types of foods presumed to have been eaten by early humans, consisting chiefly of meat, fish, vegetables, and fruit, and excluding dairy or grain products and processed food. Here are the salient points:
Higher protein intake
Lower carbohydrate intake and lower glycemic index – Eat only non-starchy fresh fruits and vegetables for carbohydrates
Higher fiber intake
Moderate to higher fat intake – Dominated by monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats with balanced Omega-3 and Omega-6 fats
Avoid : Dairy, grains, legumes, processed oils, refined sugar, salt, alcohol, coffee.
Here’s the wikipedia page that gives you more details about foods allowed and not allowed.
Popularized by Tim Ferris in his book 4-Hour Body, this plan is easy to follow because it doesn’t involve any calorie counting. Here are the basic rules:
Rule #1: Avoid “white” starchy carbohydrates (or those that can be white). This means all bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and grains.
Rule #2: Eat the same few meals over and over again, especially for breakfast and lunch. This will help you plan your meals better in advance.
Rule #3: Don’t drink calories. Exception: 1-2 glasses of dry red wine per night.
Rule #4: Don’t eat fruit. (Fructose –> glycerol phosphate –> more bodyfat, more or less.) Avocado and tomatoes are excepted.
Here’s a pretty long list of foods to chose from that are approved for slow carb diet.
The major difference between the two diets is that slow carb diet allows legumes but paleo doesn’t. If legumes don’t cause you any digestive trouble, feel free to go for them. Also the slow carb diet allows for one “cheat day” where you are allowed to eat all the carbs, high glycemic index foods, etc. Unless you enjoy feeling lousy one day every week, just stick to the healthy foods that make you feel full of energy!