2015’s Trendiest Diets


2015’s Trendiest Diets

Feb 26, 2015 //

These are the diets your friends, coworkers and family member will be talking about this year. Check them out to see which are worth trying.

1. Mono Meal Diet

The reason diets are so popular is because they give us clear guidelines to follow. According to the Guardian,
Mono Meal makes it even easier for those of us who get boggled by all the health food and superfood options. The idea is you eat only one type of food for each meal. But don’t go into it thinking that means a bowl full of mac ’n’
cheese. Your meal must either be a fruit or vegetable. Follow @monomeals on Instagram for ideas.

2. Eating More Fat

Despite what we’ve been told for years, Time reports that our culture’s fat phobia is unfounded. We’ll still be avoiding trans fats, but we’re not so scared of the rest of them in 2015. If fact, recent research says our bodies
need natural fats. This year, you’ll see a continued rise for healthy fat supplements, such as krill oil, fish oils, omega-3 supplements, as well as vegan and vegetarian fats, such as flax seed and coconut oil.

3. Keto Diet

Speaking of more fat, this low-carb, high-fat diet program will be gaining momentum this year, reports the Guardian.
Much like high-protein diets Atkins and Paleo, Keto is void of grains, breads and sugars. Instead, Ketoers feast on meat, nuts and dairy. The idea is that without ever-ready carbs to burn, the body will go straight for body fat – a
process known as ketosis.

4. Digital Food Diary

Let’s get digital. With the popularity of techie fitness monitors such as Jaw Bone, FitBit and Nike Fuel Band, people are logging steps, calories burned and more. These tools, among other fitness-nutrition mobile apps, work with your phone to allow you track every morsel that passes your lips, as well as reminders to drink eight glasses of water and to take your daily vitamins and supplements. Some apps allow you to compete and compare your progress with others. You’ll see these everywhere this year.

5. Fermentation

Fermented foods and drinks aren’t anything new, but the healthy food market is going mainstream with this diet trend. The Food And Nutrition Conference and Expo reports a big push for fermented foods, such as Kombucha (tea), sauerkraut (cabbage), natto (soybeans), kefir, yogurt, cheese, beer, wine, sourdough bread, miso and soy sauce. The whole point is that these foods offer probiotic benefits that may aid digestion, boost the immune system and help with weight loss.

6. Eating For the Environment

In 2015, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans will be updated, as it is every five years, and will be released
the fall. So far, reports suggest that we’ll be told to be more environmentally sensitive with our diet and to choose more sustainable food sources. That means eating more fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains and other plant-based foods — and less meat.

7. Turmeric

Superfoods were so 2014. This year is all about superspices. Sales of herbal dietary supplements will continue to grow, and manufacturers have been working on improving bioavailability. According to a report published in the American Botanical Council’s HerbalGram, herbal dietary supplements with turmeric/curcumin as the primary ingredient are big sellers, taking the top spot on natural foods lists. Why? Recent suggest turmeric may speed up weight loss.

8. High-Protein Sports Nutrition

With more and more people taking on long-distance running,
the need for endurance supplements is on the rise, including protein from meat and
from vegan sources.

9. Non-GMO

While the US hasn’t banned genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food production the way some other countries have, more Americans are avoiding them. It’s not always obvious on packaging if the food you’re buying is GMO, so look for foods labeled “non-GMO” or “certified organic” by the USDA. According to the Canadian Health Food Association, this trend will continue throughout 2015 in response to consumer demands and increasing labeling activism.

10. Relaxed Dieting

Dieting has become less of an all-or-nothing effort. With Meatless Mondays, intermittent fasting and indulging in the occasional dessert, we know a healthy lifestyle is all about balance. Enter the 3-1-2-1 Diet. Created by Dolvett Quince, a trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser, this diet instructs you to eat “clean” for three days, treat yourself to a cheat day, then eat “clean” for another two, and enjoy another cheat day, and so on. It’s said to help you lose 10 pounds if you follow its well-balanced, calorie-controlled diet for 21 days.

Lisa Hannam

Lisa Hannam is an award-winning health journalist, writer, editor and blogger. Her work has been published in Glow Magazine, Best Health, Oxygen, Clean Eating, Reader's Digest and more.

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