Every year on the 6th of May, International No Diet Day (INDD) is celebrated. The day helps imbibe body positivity and body acceptance amongst people. The idea of accepting your own body the way it is, even the fat in your body and the body shape diversity amongst people is the prime focus of this day. However, that doesn’t mean that this day disses a healthy lifestyle and diet in any way. One of the motives of this day is to also promote a healthy lifestyle, but without losing a focus on “health at any size.” Moreover, another aspect of this day dedicated to “no diets” is that it also helps raise awareness of the potential dangers of dieting and the potential of success.
The history of the No Diet Day dates back to 1992 in the UK when the first time this day was celebrated. However, while talking about diets, not all diets require you to cut down on the variety of food groups. For example, the Ketogenic diet or the keto diet, you are expected to cut down on the carbs almost completely to lose weight, however, that is not the case always. If you do not want to cut down on different food groups you can actually opt for diets that work on time-restricted eating instead. Basically you don’t cut down on foods you like but instead, work out your timings in a way that you eat what you want for a certain time but later make up for it by not eating.
Here are a few types of diets where you can eat everything:
Intermittent Fasting Diet
Intermittent fasting is not your typical diet, this timed approach to eating seeks to make you eat in a stipulated time and fasting for the rest of the hours. Intermittent fasting doesn’t restrict where calories come from and don’t even specify what foods a person should eat or avoid. However, this weight loss diet isn’t for everyone and should be followed under expert supervision.
One of the most popular types of intermittent fasting, the 5:2 diet, aka The Fast Diet, doesn’t restrict any food groups and also the upto some extent the number of calories you intake. Popularized by British journalist Michael Mosley, the 5:2 diet is called so because five days of the week your eat normally, while the other two days you restrict calories to 500–600 per day.
One of the best types of balanced diets, the Mediterranean Diet is absolutely nutritive and is known to have miraculous effects of weight loss. While the diet asks you to primarily eat plant-based foods and replace a few ingredients but overall it doesn’t restrict you from eating a lot of things. It does Limit your red meat intake to no more than a few times a month but doesn’t completely ban it.
16:8 Fasting Diet
Another type of fasting diet, 16/8 intermittent fasting calls for eating only for an 8-hour window and fasting for the remaining 16 hours. The diet has been tied to various health benefits such as weight loss, improved brain function and longevity.
More like intuitive eating, this diet focuses on what you really feel like eating. The “non-diet diet” includes planned splurges without guilt attached. More than what you eat it constraints on how much you eat while not beating yourself and refraining yourself from timely indulgences.
Weight loss and healthy body highly depend on your mental health as well. restricting yourself too much may lead to more weight gain and a depressed state of mind. Moreover, according to the Institute of Medicine: “those who complete weight loss programs lose approximately 10 percent of their body weight only to regain two-thirds within a year and almost all of it within five years,” therefore you mustn’t beat yourself for nothing.