Every spring sees a new ‘breed’ of weight loss crash diets hit the market but what will be the trends for Spring 2017 and also what fat diets should you avoid verse, what ones should you possibly try to see if they work for you?
- 2:5 Diet is here to stay. This way of eating is very logical and a lot of people find it very east to stick to on two conditions. Firstly, it is inappropriate for any gym junkies or really active people. You will be ‘starving’ absolutely ‘hangry’ for two days a week therefore it is not worth risking your job and relationships giving this diet plan a go. Secondly, it is important that you still have a structured healthy eating plan for the other days otherwise it will not work and you will feel disheartened and classify it as another ‘fad diet’. Unfortunately if you consume the recommended 500 calories (800 calories has been shown to provide the same results) two days per week it doesn’t justify binging on the other five days.
Peta’s Tip: Please ensure you do not exercise on the low calorie days. Otherwise for elderly or relatively sedentary people this is a realistic diet to try this spring.
- Wholefoods is more of a trend than a diet plan. However, despite some of the social media ‘abuse’ of this term inappropriately, as a way to eat healthier from a Dietitian’s perspective we love it! Eating wholefoods means you include more whole-grains, whole sources of protein such as nuts and eggs, whole pieces of fruit rather than juice, whole pieces of vegetables. Everything that means you are consuming maximum nutrition for less energy and often less packaging, preservatives and sugar.
Peta’s Tip: If you like this trend than really focus on making your snacks ‘wholefoods’ as they will fill you up more and result in less sugar cravings and therefore weight loss this spring.
- Vegetarian & vegan diet choices are traditionally implemented due to your personal belief systems, however it is now viewed as a method of weight loss and a ‘trend’ that justifies your food choices (often more healthier food choices) in the same way that the pseudo gluten free consumers use to. For example, ‘no I can’t eat that, I’m Vegan’. Firstly, it is really important to note that choosing to eat vegetarian or vegan is healthy and can result in a healthy lifestyle; however, it is not necessarily ‘healthier’ than consuming adequate (not excessive) amounts of protein from animal sources. With this diet choice growing momentum this spring, it is really important that people do some research before they change their diets, as being vegetarian and especially vegan requires a good understanding of food and it does require you to allocate a certain amount of time to food preparation to ensure that your diet is balanced in all nutrients.
Peta’s Tip: Vegan and vegetarian are healthy food choices as long as you do your research and are prepared to eat and prepare the foods required to ensure a balanced nutrient intake.
- Home delivered pre-prepared meals have taken over from the juice diets or detox diets and business will boom for these companies as soon as the temperature increases. These are a great option for so many people who don’t eat healthy due to their lack of time to prepare healthy meals. Most of these meals are lower in energy and there is a huge range these days, which means you can search around for the ones that retain good flavour. The only potential negative is the portions of these meals are not always suitable for really active people and they often do not have enough vegetables included, so you might need to have some steamed bags of frozen veggies in the freezer to bulk them up.
Peta’s Tip: Mix it up and do not commit to having every meal pre-prepared for you as inevitably they do carry a very similar taste so you are more likely to get sick of them quickly. Order two to three meals per week for nights you are home late or just your work lunches so you have some flexibility and variety of food intake, which will make it a more suitable long term weight loss strategy.
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