With the endless number of diet trends out there it can be hard to know where to start when you are looking to clean up your diet. Many diets make tons of promises; lose a stone in a week, burn fat quicker, beat the bloat…the list goes on, but before you get sucked in there are many factors to consider when deciding what is right for you. Is it practical for your current lifestyle? Will you feel satisfied? Will it help you create a lasting change?
To help decide what is right for you, here is what you need to know about the most popular food and diet trends of 2019 so far:
One of the biggest diet trends of 2019 has been the ketogenic or ‘keto’ diet. The high fat, low carb diet is responsible for some impressive weight loss transformation and is popular with many celebs, but is also notoriously difficult to follow. In short the keto diet puts your body into ketosis, a metabolic state that happens when your body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates for your cells to burn for energy. So instead, it burns fat!
Health experts have flagged their concerns over the keto diet and tend to advise against it due to it being so restrictive. If you find it difficult cutting down the good stuff and you like to enjoy the odd meal out with your friends then it may be worth finding something that’s more sustainable in the long run.
If you’re trying to lose weight and improve your eating, looking for something to speed up your metabolism is always a positive and that is exactly what ginger does.
Ginger is thermogenic which helps to switch on the body’s heat production systems and boosting metabolism during and after eating. For that metabolic kick during the day add grated ginger to warm water and drink before your meals.
With the popularity of veganism and vegetarians and the benefits it has for not just you but for the environment this has become a growing trend. Cutting meat straight away can be hard to follow so that’s where the flexitarian diet comes in, think of it as a vegetarian who has a lot of cheat days. The flexitarian diet applies to people who typically eat meatless but occasionally incorporate meat or fish into their diet. An easier way to ease into this diet is by doing a few meatless days a week, says Dawn Jackson, author of ‘The Flexitarian Diet’, until you reach the top tier, which is five meatless days a week.
The Mediterranean diet advocates heart-healthy foods that are typically eaten by those in the Mediterranean. The diet guides people to eat plenty of plants and foods that are low on ‘bad’ cholesterol, such as legumes, nuts, wheat, fruits and veggies.
The popularity of this diet has come from the many health benefits that research shows such as, it lowers the risk of heart disease by 47 percent over a 10 year period, offers some protection against age-related brain shrinkage and may deliver higher muscle mass and bone density after menopause.
And if you’re a fan of a glass of wine in the evening then the Mediterranean diet is for you as it totally encourages a glass of red wine every now and then.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar was one of the biggest diet trends of 2018 and that is set to continue through 2019.
Its illness busting powers range from clearing dandruff and soothing a sore throat but for those of you wanting to lose weight then apple cider vinegar acts as a great weight loss supplement. Add a tablespoon or two to a glass of tea or water once a day start seeing the benefits.
Don’t panic we are not telling you to not eat for days. 16:8 fasting is where you fast for 16 hours but are then free to eat whatever you like for the other eight hours. This is a diet that is popular with social influencers and celebrities and you can find lots of information about it online. Currently, the most widely researched approach is taking the eight-hour eating window between 10am and 6pm.
The problem with this diet is that you are restricted to the time window and you aren’t making choices based on your body telling you it’s hungry. However, science suggests that after 12 weeks people who follow the 16:8 diet lost 3 percent of their body weight and saw a drop in their blood pressure.
So hopefully you’re now a little more clued up on where to start with cleaning up your eating habits but don’t sweat, changing your diet completely doesn’t happen overnight. If it all still feels a little daunting there are plenty of smart lessons to take away from each of these diets. Why not try and incorporate some of the positives of each into your day to day eating and those jeans will be feeling looser in no time!