With the arrival of the new year, many people are thinking about how they should change their diets to lose weight, improve their health, reduce autoimmune issues, and get the fit and healthy start they want as they head back to work. But with so many diets out there, which should you choose? Finding a diet that works for you is easier said than done.
In this post, we’re going to take a look at some of the diets that are hot right now. Here are the eating protocols which look set to dominate the health and nutrition industry for the rest of the year.
The Flexitarian Diet
To begin, a lot of dietitians are predicting that the flexitarian diet will be the most significant change that we see in the diet space in the following year. More importantly, it could add years to your life.
The flexitarian diet is a little different from the run-of-the-mill diets you read about on diet blogs and websites. Instead of asking practitioners to skip entire food groups or eat in an unnatural pattern, it attempts to emulate the kind of lifestyle that most people choose, without having a considerable impact on the quality of life.
In a flexitarian diet, you try to eat mainly plant-based but occasionally add the odd bit of meat here and there. The idea of the diet is to mimic the traditional Mediterranean diet, but give people the option of indulging every once in a while, just as humans have done throughout the centuries. The idea is to make it as easy as possible to follow the dietary regimen while allowing people to splash out on special occasions or at weekends. Most nutritionists agree that it is what you eat day to day that has the most significant impact on health – not what you consume at Christmas or on your birthday.
The Carnivore Diet
The carnivore diet is going to become a popular diet trend in 2020. Already, hundreds of thousands of people are eating this way, and more look set to join them in the new year.
Why eat nothing but meat and fat from animals? Practitioners of the carnivore diet suggest that it might help some people overcome their autoimmune issues, absorb more of the nutrients from their food, and avoid dangerous compounds in plants that block mineral absorption.
The carnivore diet is especially suited to people who have carbohydrate intolerance. In some people, consumption of excessive carbohydrates can lead to the development of “metabolic syndrome” – a dysregulation in the way in which the body processes sugar that can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and pre-diabetes.
Eating on the carnivore diet involves choosing as many grass-fed, organic animal food products as possible and deriving lots of energy from animal fats. Many people on the diet go into a state of ketogenesis where they start burning ketones for fuel instead of glucose, leading to dramatic weight loss.
WFPB or “whole food, plant-based” looks set to be one of the biggest diet trends of the year.
This diet is eating plants in their whole, unaltered form, instead of filling up on refined grains or foods that have had fat, sugar, and salt added to them. Whole plant foods should dominate the diet, with meat used as a condiment.
It’s important to note that WFPB is not the same as a vegan diet. People who eat WFPB do so for health reasons, not ethical reasons, and so they sometimes include meat in their meals. Furthermore, vegans do not have to eat whole foods. You can eliminate all animal products and live off a diet of white bread and potato chips, and it still counts as being on a vegan diet.
The WFPB diet is, essentially, a response to the idea that eating “vegan” is a diet. It is not. Being vegan means eliminating animal products. WFPB is clear that if you want to cut down on meat and be healthy, you have to eat plants in their whole, unprocessed form.
The Keto Diet
Doctors initially used the keto diet as a way to alleviate epileptic symptoms in children, but it has since gained popularity.
The idea of the diet is to induce ketogenesis – the production of ketone bodies for energy instead of sugar – as we discussed above. The keto diet attempts to reduce carbohydrate calories to less than 10 percent of the total.
Finally, the keto diet, however, is different from the carnivore diet because it allows the use of plant fats, like nut oils, nuts, and avocados.