By Kejal Sheth,
Nutritionist, Weight Management Expert and Founder of Nutrivity.in
People all around the world today have become a lot more careful of what they eat and how it might affect their health. Concerns about the safety of the food supply are on the rise and increasing nutritional awareness has led to an increase in vegetarian, organic and health-food options in supermarkets. So, let’s take a closer look at dietary trends which will rule the internet search engines in 2018.
- Ketogenic Diet:
The ketogenic diet is a high fat, low carbohydrate, controlled protein diet that has been used since the 1920’s for the treatment of epilepsy and other morbid obesity treatments. It involves drastically reducing carbohydrate intake, and replacing it with fat. The reduction in carbs puts your body into a metabolic state called “Ketosis”. When this happens, your body becomes incredibly efficient at burning fat for energy. It also turns fat into ketones in the liver, which can supply energy for the brain. It becomes easy to access your fat stores to burn them off. In order for a weight loss approach to work, it has to have “done to the core and make you feel well, physically and emotionally. Otherwise it can back fire and risk gaining back any weight you lose (and possibly more).
- Intermittent Fasting:
Intermittent fasting (IF) is a term for an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. It is currently very popular in the health and fitness community especially who want quick results. There are several different ways to do intermittent fasting. All of them split the day or week into “eating periods” and “fasting periods.”
There are various types:
16/8 – Fasting for 16 hours and then only eating within a specific 8-hour window. For example, only eating from noon-8 PM, essentially skipping breakfast.
24 HOUR PROTOCOL -Skipping two meals one day, where you are taking 24 hours off from eating. For example, eating on a normal schedule (finishing dinner at 8PM) and then not eating again until 8PM the following day.
- Vegan Diet
Basically, its complete “Plant Based Diet”, Vegetarians do not eat meat, fish, or poultry. Vegans, in addition to being vegetarian, do not use other animal products and by-products such as eggs, dairy products, honey, leather, fur, silk, wool, cosmetics, and soaps derived from animal products. The key to a nutritionally sound vegan diet is variety. A healthy and varied vegan diet includes fruits, vegetables, plenty of leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, seeds, and legumes. There are many benefits like 0 animal fats, good heart health, lower risk against Prostrate cancers, but there are few risk too involved Vegans may be more prone to shortages of vital nutrients like vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Omega 3, Calcium, Zinc etc.
- Gluten Free Diet
Today, gluten-free products and diets are all the rage. But do you know why Gluten Free????? Individuals with gluten-related disorders (celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, or dermatitis herpetiformis, which is the skin manifestation of celiac disease) must avoid gluten for health reasons. Gluten is the generic name for certain types of proteins found in the common cereal grains wheat, barley, rye and their derivatives. When individuals with celiac disease ingest gluten, an immune response occurs which damages the lining of the small intestine. Common foods that regularly contain ingredients with gluten include: wheat, pasta, breads, cracker, seasonings and spice mixes. Although there is no harm in eliminating gluten from your diet, doctors say there is no reason to avoid it—unless you’re one of the two million people who cannot tolerate the proteins.
- Detox Diet
There are many types and variants in detox diets, a fad diet which has less or no nutrients – no grains, no alcohol, no milk, no sugar (and no fun) – a detox is far from a quick fix for weight loss. The purpose of any detox plan is to take the load off the organs that detoxify the body – the liver, kidneys and bowel – while at the same time supporting and improving their performance. It claims to detoxify your liver and kidney while the sad truth is our body has its own very system of detoxing toxins out of the body and only if you want to get-over a bad party hangover you can give it a try, that too under a professional’s guidance.
Some Types of Detox Diet:
10-day Smoothie Diet
7-day Juice Diet
Beauty Detox Diet
Raw Food Diet
Liver Cleansing Diet
- The Meal-Box Diet
This is a very new trend, in which the hotel/restaurants/cafe provides full course including breakfast/lunch/dinner/snacks at the door step with a calorie and nutrient counted meal. Also, this is a very good option for people who are working. But we totally cannot rely on this as we are not aware of what actually is going in the ingredients of what they, But, there are very limited options.
Read on to learn which diet trends may suit you best and which ones you’re better off avoiding. And be sure to check in with your health care provider before embarking on any weight-loss plan.