When we hear the word diet, what usually comes to our mind is eating less to lose weight and get your body goal. This is partly true as the goal of diet is to really achieve a specific body size.
However, diet is not necessarily about eating less. In fact, diet is also about changing what you eat in order to get that dream body.
The year is finally coming to an end and with it, we witnessed many trends in the world of diet and nutrition. However, this doesn’t mean it’s too late to try out one of them and start your journey to fitness.
Here are some of 2018’s most popular diet trends:
1. The Ketogenic Diet
This trend focuses on partaking low amounts of carbohydrates, but high amounts of fat. You may be wondering why this is a trend as carbohydrates are something that our body needs. There is an explanation for this, however, and it is that this dietary habit puts the body in ketosis, which is a state where our body uses fat and ketones as a fuel source. In short, the goal of the keto diet is to burn body fat. This also aims to improve the body’s insulin resistance.
2. The Mediterranean Diet
This diet trend is inspired by the diet of the traditional citizens of Greece, Italy, Morocco, and Spain. The diet then consists of eating a lot of vegetables, fresh fruits,
grains, nuts, and legumes. This diet also lowers the intake of meat and increases fish intake instead. Cooking also makes use of olive oil. Dairy is also consumed through yogurts. You can trust this diet trend as researchers have discovered it helps in increasing lifespan and lowers risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
3. Whole 30
This diet trend is named for its duration – a whole month. It’s an entire month’s eating plan and its aim is to reset your body’s health. Furthermore, this diet requires you to cut out grains, sugar, legumes, and dairy from your intake. This is so that your body gets rid of the processed foods that you previously consumed, which are also the main causes of illnesses in our bodies.
4. Intermittent Fasting
Some of us may have heard of fasting for religious and spiritual reasons. However, this kind of fasting is different and is actually beneficial for weight loss and insulin resistance regulation. Our body produces insulin after we eat and this leads to fat storage. When we intermittently fast, we regulate our body’s production of insulin so that it doesn’t cause us weight gain.
Furthermore, with intermittent fasting, you get to choose which days you are going too fast. One way for you to start this diet is to eat in between noon and around 8 p.m. in the evening. On your fasting day, it’s also important to drink lots of water.