It’s a new year and we all started out with new pledges and resolutions. We thought to ourselves that this year would be different, it would be better. How many of us pledged to be healthier and to lose some weight is 2018? I know I was one of them. As our wishes for healthier slimmer bodies evolve every year, so do the dieting options and trends. Like clockwork, there are a few new diets to consider for 2018.
The lowest ranking diets this year, also known as, diets you should avoid are the Keto diet and the Dukan diet. The Keto diet requires you to load up on fats while simultaneously slashing carbs. This forces your body to enter a state of ketosis where the body starts breaking down fats at a fast rate. The Dukan diet very rules heavy with several phases, one of which is a protein loading phase. Both diets were deemed hard to follow and unsustainable by experts.
So which diets were the best? The experts identified these five:
This diet was designed to help people who suffered from high-blood pressure reducing foods that would spike their pressure. These foods include saturated fat, sugary foods, fatty dairy products, some oils and of course salt. Practitioners of this diet should consume a mix of fruits vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and low-fat dairy.
It has long been known that people who live in Mediterranean countries have better health and longevity, which is linked in large part to their eating habits. As a result, this diet is based on these eating habits. It is high in fruits, vegetables, fatty fishes, nuts and olive oil.
Flexitarian translates to flexible vegetarian. Cutting meat out of your diet is a quick and easy way to lose weight, so being a flexitarian means that you cut meat out most of the time for better health but not all together.
This popular diet system consists of a point system that is largely based on counting calories. Each food is given a number of points and you have a cap to the number of points that you may eat every day. Foods that are healthy and filling with high nutritional value have low points while junk foods with low nutrients like sweets have high points.
As the name implies, this diet is said to prevent brain decline from diseases like Alzheimer’s and dementia, however, there is no official research that proves this beyond a shadow of a doubt. It is a mixture of the DASH and Mediterranean diet where practitioners eat from the brain-healthy food groups; green leafy veggies, whole grains, beans, berries, other veggies, nuts, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine. Practitioners must also avoid red meats, butter, margarine, cheese sweets, fried foods and fast foods.
TLC stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Change and the diet focuses on helping individuals to cut cholesterol. Practitioners of this diet must cut down on most fats, especially saturated fats while eating more fiber.
Lastly, the volumetrics diet encourages people to consume more energy dense foods. These are foods high in calories that will turn into energy to fuel your body but at the same time allowing you to each a smaller quantity. Eating lower quantities will result in you losing weight.
All of the above diets are great options for a healthier lifestyle. Choose the one that is best suited for your overall health and lifestyle and begin the journey to a healthier you.