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Diet Trends

Updated: Sep 10, 2019

Between magazines, social media and your opinions of your friends it’s easy to get overwhelmed.

- ketogenic diet

- intermittent fasting

- paleo diet

- plant based diet

- intuitive eating

Let me first start off by saying that everyone is different and so something that works for someone may not work for another person. My advice is to find something that you know you can stick to and that you like. Before I get into “diet“ trends I want to first say the word diet is very sneaky and that to me represents a mindset of start again stop again. Start date end date type attitude. That is not going to work if your looking to get healthy and lose weight.

Let’s begin........

Ketogenic Diet

High fat, low carb diet that actually was originally developed to treat epilepsy. The idea of ketogenic is to force your body to burn fat by restricting carbs. Now don’t get me wrong most people will lose quickly, but it’s very difficult to follow long term. Lots of math and very little room for modifications. The other thing is this also eliminates veggies which do okay a role in healthy eating.

Intermittent Fasting

Another popular one right now. This requires long periods without consuming any calories. There are a number of ways to do this... you can fast from 6 at night until 9am the next morning. Some do a 5:2 - five days eat normal 2 days have a restricted diet a 400-600 calories. Again this is also very hard to maintain for a lifetime. I’m a fan of not eating after 8pm and waiting until 9am to eat. Or just adjust to your lifestyle. Allows the body a break from digesting but also helps burn fat.

Paleo Diet

The idea of Paleo and one of my favorite requires eating foods that our ancestors would eat. This naturally eliminates grains, processed foods, and sugar. A paleo diet typically includes lean meats, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds — foods that in the past could be obtained by hunting and gathering. A paleo diet limits foods that became common when farming emerged about 10,000 years ago. These foods include dairy products, legumes and grains. Again any of these diet trends you can tweak. I take Grains and sugar out because I feel Better. You find what’s best for you.

Plant-Based Diet

This is focused on eating veggies, grains, nuts, seeds and sometimes small amounts of dairy, eggs and fish. You’ll see more company’s coming out with plant- based protein shakes and more. It’s becoming an upcoming trend for sure.

Intuitive Eating or “undieting

This concept is really summed up to listening to your body. Eat when your hungry, not a regimented mealtimes and eat until your 80% full, not overstuffed. It maintains a healthy relationship with food. So how do you get to this trend? It’s all about a lifestyle. To create healthy habits and sometimes it takes practice a lot of practice. Find what works for you. The more you practice the better you get at living a healthy life. This then eliminates the diet roller coaster.

Bottom line there is no one size fits all approaches to eating well. You need to change your relationship with food and focus on being healthy and that will change your weight.


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