What’s Trending Now? Part 2

20150108_063429Earlier this week we looked at new trends in fitness, today we’re going to zero-in on new diet trends that many are turning to in order to drop the extra holiday weight. With each new year there always comes along some diet that promises amazing results with significant weight loss, and pretty much everyone goes on a diet on January 1st so these “diet gurus” certainly capitalize. That’s not to say that they are not effective because many diets do work, but it’s usually in the short term; eventually we go all go back to our old ways and end up gaining back some of the weight. So let’s have a look at three diets that claim to give you big results and a slimmer waistline.

The first trend we’re going to look at is The Skinny Gut Diet created by Certified Nutrition Consultant Brenda Watson. This diet is all about keeping your healthy gut bacteria flora in balanced by eating certain foods that promote a well tuned digestive track. There’s a big focus on healthy fats like omega-3s (from walnuts, flaxseeds and fish), probiotics and fermented foods (from yogurt, miso and sauerkraut, etc.). These foods aid in digestion and keep things moving to help you remove toxins from the body. This diet also claims to have a positive impact on one’s emotions, autoimmunity and ability to concentrate. It also suggests that you should include protein at each meal (as most diets do) to help you feel fuller longer and to manage cravings. The good thing about this diet is that it’s more of a lifestyle than quick fix scheme as it encourages these solutions to be maintained over one’s lifetime in order to achieve better overall health. It doesn’t seem like a gimmick or fad in fact The Skinny Gut Diet appears to be a well balanced way of life that may actually be maintained long term as part of a healthy way of life.

The next trend was developed by Dr. Mike Moreno and is called The 17 Day Diet. With this diet there are 3 phases of 17 days where with each phase you alter your overall calories and meals in order to avoid plateaus and to keep the metabolism elevated. In the first phase you cut calories down to 1200 per day, reduce sugar intake and eat a balanced diet with carbs, protein and a little fat; this is the phase where most weight is lost. The second phase allows you to alternate between the low calorie days of the first phase with some higher calorie days, while maintaining a balanced diet throughout; there is still weight lost during this period, but it is slightly less than in the first 17 days. The final phase is meant to lead to the ongoing healthy lifestyle where you eat healthful, balanced meals on weekdays and treat meals on weekends; you can still achieve weight loss in this phase, but it will be significantly lower than in the first 2 phases, around 1-2 pounds per week. This diet seems like it has the potential to be effective, but nothing’s been proven just yet to back up its claims, although there are a lot of success stories on its website. The low calorie consumption of phase one is really intense and may be too much for most people to maintain even if just for 17 days; the worry here is that if the calories are too low you may end up with crazy cravings that lead to a binge. The basis of this diet does make sense though, weight loss plateaus happen frequently and the best way to avoid them is to change up the diet a bit and add more physical activity to your day, whether 17 days is really the magic number has yet to be proven.

The final trend we’re going to look at isn’t new at all in fact it was created in 1924, but seems to be making quite the comeback, I’m referring to The Ketogenic Diet developed by Dr. Russell Wilder. Initially this diet was created to as part of treatment for epileptic patients suffering from seizures, now however with the advances in modern medicine it is very rarely used for this. The focus for this diet is actually similar to The Atkins Diet in that it requires very low carb consumption (only 5% of daily calories from carbohydrates), where it differs is that The Ketogenic Diet also suggests high fat with moderate protein intake; lots of fatty meats, fish and cheese. This high fat diet claims to change the way the body uses energy, as ketones are used instead of glucose which leads to a state of “ketosis”, this unfortunately has a possible side effect of potentially causing you to have bad breath and excess body odor. On a positive note it is suggested that this can help slow the signs of aging, alleviate heartburn and symptoms of diabetes.

So there you have it, three diet trends that may very well lead to a healthier you. The good thing about diets these days is that they tend to be more of a “non-diet diet” as they are starting to be more centered on living a healthy lifestyle instead of the former old school ways of just extreme calorie cutting.  Just remember that everyone’s body is different from each other so what works for your friend or colleague may not necessarily work for you. If you are thinking of going on a diet please seek out the advice of a healthcare expert to be sure that you are on the right path for your overall health.

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