Top 10 Trending Diets in 2017
Posted on January 28 2017
The holiday season is over and so is your festive excuse to munch on Christmas cookies for breakfast or eat loads of creamy mashed potatoes for lunch. Most of us enter the New Year with some extra pounds because of the delicious and calorie-loaded holiday meals. These pounds decrease the size of our wardrobe and make putting on a figure hugging bandage dress not so exciting.
As you begin your search for the latest trending diets in 2017, we are here to help. These diets can help you shed the extra weight you’ve gained during the festive season and give you confidence in your body and health. Here are the top 10 New Year diets in 2017 - according to us.
Blue Zone Diet
The Blue Zone diet is inspired by the lives of people who have managed to cross the 100 year mark. Most of these people live in the Blue Zones, namely regions in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. This is perhaps one of the easiest diets to follow because all you have to do is avoid any kind of processed, fried, and greasy food.
When you follow a Blue Zone diet, you will mainly be eating plants and beans. If you are a non-vegetarian, worry not, you can easily add meat to the Blue Zone diet, but ensure that you do not consume more than 4 ounces per meal. Another thing to keep in mind about this diet is that you should stop eating once your feel about 80 percent full. To stick closely to this diet remember that your last meal of the day should be eaten in late afternoon or early evening around 5:00 pm.
The motto of the Weight Watchers diet is to lose weight by living a healthy life. The Weight Watchers program has been around since 1963 and encourages people to lose weight by eating healthy and balanced meals. This diet is a favorite because you can control what you eat through an interesting points system. In the points system (SmartPoints), each food is given – a number assigned by Weight Watchers to every food depending upon its protein and sugar content.
The foods that actually fill your stomach and are high in protein are given lower values, while those that contain higher levels of sugar and saturated fats have higher values. The best part about the Weight Watchers diet is that you get access to a coach who helps you keep track of your weight loss as well as your fitness goals. After all, there is a reason why Oprah Winfrey swears by the Weight Watchers diet!
The basic premise behind Paleo (Paleolithic) diet is to eat like a caveman to lose weight. This is the reason why it is often referred to as the Stone Age diet or the Caveman diet. The Paleo diet requires that you follow in the footsteps of our cave dwelling ancestors. Foods that are allowed include fish, fruits, lean meats, vegetables, eggs, nuts, as well as healthier.
You must avoid foods such as wheat, dairy products, potatoes, refined sugar, and any type of processed foods. When you choose Paleo diet, there is no need to do any calorie counting and you can also cheat for 3 meals a week.
Developed by Dr. Barbara Rolls, the Volumetrics diet helps you lose weight by focusing on the energy density of foods. If you want to lose weight really fast to reshape your body and curves this is probably not a good diet for you because it has a more long term outlook. The eating plan of Volumetrics diet mainly consists of high-volume and low-calorie foods, which means foods that have a high water and fiber content.
To put it simply, following Volumetrics diet ensures that you lose weight by filling up your stomach with low-calorie foods, thus reducing your calorie intake. You have two separate goals to achieve every day in this diet, one is the steps goals for exercise and the other is the calorie goals. This is yet another diet where no food is off limits.
Apart from aiding in weight loss, a 5:2 diet has also been linked with increasing your lifespan and improving your brain function. When you choose a 5:2 diet to lose the extra pounds that you gained in the holiday season, you will be eating regularly for five days a week, and fasting for the remaining two.
Although you can pretty much eat anything during the five days, it is recommended that you eat a healthy and balanced diet. This diet is extremely popular because it does not restrict you from eating any food groups. When you start fasting for the first time, it is not unusual to feel dehydrated and dizzy.
Dukan Diet is a low carb and high-protein diet that claims that you will lose two pounds every week. When you choose Dukan diet to lose weight, there is no cap on the amount of food that you eat during any of the phases. However, it is extremely important that you strictly follow the rules of this diet.
The first phase lasts for five days, and you are required to consume only lean protein during this time, foods that are rich in protein but low in fat like eggs, fish, and chicken. This is done to encourage quick weight loss, therefore, you cannot consume any carbs during this stage. In the other three phases, carbs, vegetables, and fruits are gradually added to your diet. Since this diet restricts the kind of foods that you eat, it is extremely important that you stick to the rules specified by this diet, or else it may have side effects.
Jenny Craig Diet
The name Jenny Craig is not new in the dieting industry. First launched in Australia in 1983, this diet was introduced in the United States in 1985. It not only helps you lose weight, but can also be used to maintain your weight. The Jenny Craig diet helps you lose weight by restricting your fat intake and calories while monitoring your portions.
When you choose the Jenny Craig diet, you will have to eat pre-packaged food that is low in calories, at least for the first couple of weeks. The pre-packaged meals are typically made with foods that are high in protein, water, and fiber. The main focus of Jenny Craig diet is on moderation and a balanced diet, therefore, no food is technically off limits.
The Flexitarian Diet
This diet was first suggested by Dawn Jackson Blatner in her book “The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease and Add Years to Your Life” in 2009. The Flexitarian diet claims that people who participate in this diet regularly tend to live around 3.6 years longer and have a lower risk of developing cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.
For this diet to be effective, you do not have to be completely vegetarian – you can consume meat when the mood strikes. This flexible vegetarian diet also urges you to exercise daily at least for 30 minutes, more if you want to lose weight. This is one of those diets that helps you lose weight by keeping a tab on how much you eat.
Biggest Loser Diet
The Biggest Loser diet draws its inspiration from the hit NBC show of the same name. The only difference is that you will not be followed around by cameras 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Following the Biggest Loser diet not only helps you lose weight quickly, but it also helps you get more fit and lowers your blood pressure and cholesterol level. In this diet, you will be eating small but regular meals, which consist of low-fat foods and lean proteins.
The Biggest Loser diet also follows a 4-3-2-1 Pyramid, four servings of vegetables and fruits, three servings of lean protein foods such as chicken and turkey, two servings of whole grains, and one serving of 200 calories. Following this diet plan requires fortitude, planning, and dedication. This diet also calls for a heavy exercise routine.
The HMR Program diet is perfect for those who are looking for a structured way to lose weight. The diet plan of HMR Program combines physical activity, lifestyle changes, and planned meals. When you use this diet, you are guaranteed to lose weight quickly, and also discover whatever skills are necessary to maintain your weight.
Experts say that you tend to lose three times as much weight as traditional diets, when you use the meal replacement options provided by the HMR Program. You will also need to exercise in the HMR Program diet because your weekly goal is to burn a minimum of 2000 calories.
When your goal is to lose the extra pounds to get into that sexy dress you love these diets are a great start. They are designed to help you shed the weight you may have gained over the holiday season. The diets that work for some, may not necessarily work for you. Consider learning more about each diet and then trying ones that fit best with your fitness goals and lifestyle.
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