Stop Dieting: How DayTwo is Different

By: Catherine G., RDN, LD

There is no shortage of diets in the United States. Each one claims it holds the secret to health and weight loss. Some diets are very similar which can make it confusing to tell the difference. Here is a short breakdown of a few popular diets and how they differ from the DayTwo program.

Diet Diet Claim Limitations Other Details
 Keto Diet Eat very few carbohydrates (carbs) to put the body in a state called ketosis. This is where the body burns fat as its primary source of fuel.

Limited sources of carbs include:

Starches, fruit, starchy veggies, condiments, sauces, alcohol, and legumes.

Usually limits carbs to 20-50 grams per day to enter ketosis.

 

For reference, 1 slice of white bread = 14 grams of carbs.
 Atkins Diet Eat fewer carbs to burn more fat, but ketosis is not required.

Limited sources of carbs include:

Starches, fruit, starchy veggies, condiments, sauces, alcohol, and legumes.

Original plan has 4 phases.
Each phase slowly increases carbs until you reach your goal weight.

You may start in ketosis, but the program is less restrictive as it goes on.

 Carnivore Diet Theory is in ancient times humans used to eat mostly meat; this diet says your body will function best this way.

Avoid all carbs including starches, fruits, veggies, high lactose dairy, and sugar.

 

Also avoid plant-based oils.

Only allows animal sources of food like meat, fish, eggs, low lactose dairy, and sometimes honey.

 

There is no science yet to support its benefits.
 Paleo / Paleolithic   Caveman Diet Return to what people ate before humans started farming. Claims our bodies are not made for modern diets. Avoid starches, legumes, dairy, refined sugar, salt, potatoes, and processed foods in general. Encourages eating: Fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, lean meats, fish, and plant oils.
 Intermittent         Fasting Focuses on when you eat rather than what you eat, theorizing if you have less time to eat, you will eat fewer calories.

Different patterns exist for fasting. The most common include:

  • limiting the span of time you can eat per day
  • limiting what you eat two days out of the week

Eating a balanced diet is still emphasized to get all nutrients.

 

Not recommended for children, pregnant or breastfeeding women, individuals with diabetes or blood sugar issues, or anyone with a history of disordered eating.

 

Many of these diets may show success with short-term weight loss and decreased hunger levels. However, they are often hard to maintain, restrict whole food groups, and have little research showing long-term benefits. It is important to note that when whole food groups are removed from the diet, we can lose access to important nutrients. 

At DayTwo we believe that there is no perfect diet because every body reacts to food differently. DayTwo is a unique program that accounts for your body’s individualized blood sugar response to food and allows you to eat any type of food. No food group is off limits which allows for a more well-balanced diet. 

With DayTwo, you learn to find the right food combinations for your blood sugar. When blood sugar is more stable, hunger, sleep, energy, and weight often improve. When these improve, the risk for other health issues is reduced. Check with your primary healthcare provider and dietitian before making any large changes to your eating patterns.

 

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