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1. The Pegan Diet

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Type ‘best diet to lose weight’ into Google and it will duly ping back 310m results.

That’s a lot to take in when the results you actually want aren’t on the screen but in body composition.

⚠️ Want to create a body for life through a lifestyle you love? Think about ‘diet’ in the traditional sense of the word, you know, the kind of foods you eat most of the time. And it’s this – what you do daily, not for one week in the summer – that makes the real difference.

But how can you discern the eating plans which are healthy and sustainable from the ones which are anything but?

We’ve called in the experts to sort the claims from the gains. Consider this your crib sheet to discovering the best diet for you (and dropping knowledge bombs on your smuggest wellness mate).

1. The Pegan Diet
What do you get if you cross a caveman with a vegan? Not a bad joke, but The Pegan Diet. An amalgamation of a vegan (plant-based) and paleo (if a caveman didn’t eat it, then neither can you) diet, it delivers all the antioxidants, fibre and healthy fats you expect from a plant-based plan, with all the protein of a carnivorous one.

Typical meal: Grilled chicken with five-coloured salad.

What the diet advocate says: The brainchild of Dr Mark Hyman, he came up with the concept after finding himself sandwiched between a vegan and a paleo advocate while doing a panel talk. ‘The best versions of both diets are built into the foundation: eat real, whole food,’ he says.

What the expert says: ‘This diet has lots of positives - we know wholegrains are heart healthy and an important source of fibre,’ says Tew. ‘But it also cuts out gluten and restricts all grains, making it hard to stick with and unsustainable in the long term.’

Verdict: While it’s unlikely to be popular with those who’ve chosen a plant-based lifestyle for ethical reasons, the principal of eating real, whole food is sound. And combining two ways of eating certainly makes it easier to get enough protein and vital nutrients. But it’s still pretty restrictive, so consult a nutrition professional to make sure you aren’t at risk of nutritional deficiencies.

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