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5 Diet Plans that Work with Bird’s Nest

Diet Plans that Work with Bird’s Nest

It might be an open secret, or it might be a skeleton in your closet, but like it or not, most of us have probably tried out a diet plan or two in our lives, intentionally or otherwise. They have existed for as long as we were called to care for our physical appearances. Most diet plans exercise some form of control over time, frequency, food groups, and/or portion control, which means that the new diet plan you’re planning to adopt may not match what you have stored in your fridge, even if they’re nutritious superfoods like `bird’s nest drinks!`


You could always polish off your supply of `bird’s nest drinks` before you start your new diet, of course, but that’d mean missing out on the nutritional goodness they provide. We always want the best of both worlds if we can get it! That’s why we’ve tracked down a list of popular diet plans and studied their compatibility with your bird’s nest habits, especially for you.

 

What Do Diet Plans Do for You?

First, let’s explore the aims of diet plans. Different diet plans will have different aims, be it to curb your appetite and reduce your food intake, improve metabolic health, control your sugar levels, and of course, to help you lose weight. Some require just minor tweaks to your current lifestyle, while others totally upend it.

 

Intermittent Fasting (eg: 16/8, 5/2…)

In general, time-based diet plans will play well with your `bird’s nest drinks` as many do not specify dietary restrictions. There exist several variations of time-based diet plans, more commonly known as intermittent fasting:
  • the 16/8 method (the Leangains protocol): eat all meals within an 8-hour window, fast for 16 hours.
  • the 5/2 method (the Fast diet): eat normally for any 5 days and restrict your calorie intake to 500 (females) or 600 (males) calories for any two days.
  • Eat-Stop-Eat: 24-hour fasts once or twice a week.
  • Alternate-day fasting: eat normally one day, and fast or eat only a few hundred calories the next.
  • the Warrior Diet: eat small portions of fruits and vegetables during the day and have one huge meal at night.
  • Spontaneous skipping: skip a meal now and then.


There aren’t many dietary restrictions in most intermittent fasting plans, though they do advise you to eat healthily during your eating windows and to avoid calorie intakes during fasting windows. This means sugar-free coffee, tea, or plain water only to tide you through your fasting (except for the Warrior Diet). Better yet, this also means that you can continue consuming `bird’s nest drinks` during your eating windows!

Compatibility with bird’s nest: OK!

 

Low-Calorie Diet

The average adult requires 1,600-3,000 calories per day to maintain their weight, so eating less than that amount may lead to weight loss, with 1,200 calories per day being a common goal. When you’re eating less, you have to ensure you eat properly, with balanced, nutrient-rich foods, in order to avoid malnutrition. Since every calorie counts, this means less white carbohydrates and more lean proteins!

Where does bird’s nest factor in here? Luckily, `bird’s nest drinks`, like lean protein, are both nutrient-dense and low in calories, so they’ll fit right into your low-calorie diet. Just remember to choose plainer versions with less frills or sugar.

Compatibility with bird’s nest: OK!

 

Paleo Diet/Clean-Eating Diet

If you use Pinterest to browse for recipes, you might have noticed that the words ‘paleo diet’ crops up quite frequently. The paleo diet advocates whole foods, lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds while minimising processed foods, sugar, diary, and grains. Other variations of the paleo diet are more flexible, allowing diary and tubers.

The paleo diet is, in a way, a more restrictive version of clean eating, which essentially focus on eating whole, natural foods and not processed ones, with no particular limitations on food classes.

`Bird’s nest drinks` are not considered processed foods. In fact, since paleo diets are all about eating like our ancestors, you might even say that you’re still going by the book! Skip the sugar, though.

Compatibility with bird’s nest: OK!

Vegan Diet

The vegan diet is, in a way, even stricter than the paleo diet, cutting off all animal and animal-derived products, including many kitchen staples like eggs, honey, and milk. Often, this results in a low-fat, high-fibre diet, which is great for reducing calorie intake and eating less overall as fibres help you feel full for longer periods of time.

That said, since the vegan diet says no to all animal products, bird’s nest drinks have no place here.

Compatibility with bird’s nest: No.

 

Low-Carb Diet (eg: Atkins, Keto, Dukan)

Low-carbohydrate diets advise you to limit your daily carbohydrates intake to 20-150 grams, in order to get your body to burn fat for energy instead of carbs. Our bodies tend to burn carbs before fats because carbs are easily convertible to energy, easily stored as glucose and glycogen, and are in high demand by cells. By reducing the carbs you consume, you force your body to burn fat instead.

The most well-known example of a low-carb diet is the Atkins diet, although recently the ketogenic diet, or keto diet, is gaining ground too. Like many other low-carb diets, they emphasise proteins and restrict or even disallow carbs. The Dukan diet adds a mandatory oat bran, followed by non-starchy vegetables, then some carbs and fat, depending on the diet phase.

While `bird’s nest drinks` do contain carbohydrates, they’re healthy carbohydrates, which you can still consume in a limited amount, according to the Atkins website.

Compatibility with bird’s nest: OK!

 

Zone Diet

Unlike the above-mentioned diet plans, the Zone Diet advocates eating foods with a low-glycemic index (GI), while limiting your carb, protein and fat intakes to 35-45%, 30%, and 30% of your daily calories respectively. GI is a measure of how much your blood glucose levels increase after consuming something, which might be beneficial for people who are diabetic.

Each Zone Diet meal should contain 1/3 protein, 2/3 colourful fruits and/or vegetables, and a bit of fat, though high-GI carbs like bananas, rice, and potatoes are off-limits.

`Bird’s nest drinks` are indirectly helpful here, especially if you’re on the Zone Diet for its blood sugar control benefits, as they may help prevent high fat diet-induced insulin resistance. They’re also rich in protein, which can go towards the 1/3 protein count for each meal!

Compatibility with bird’s nest: OK!

 

Conclusion

So you see, diet plans aren’t as restrictive as you feared! In fact, bird’s nest by itself may help improve metabolism and digestion, both of which help with weight loss. With the exception of vegan diets, your bird’s nest drinks are safe with most other diet plans you might try - so you can continue `ordering your freshly-boiled bird’s nest drinks` from us in peace.



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