People today are becoming more aware of their health and wellness than in the past and are willing to try anything to shave off those unwanted pounds. They go to extreme lengths just so they can look better in a mirror.
What’s tricky about weight loss, however, is that the journey is different for everyone. The only constant variables in true weight loss and fitness are hard work and dedication. Your ability and willingness to stick with a program, work hard every single day, and give your best effort over a long period of time are what determine your success in your weight loss journey.
If you are among those looking to lose weight and get in shape, chances are you’ve scoured the Internet for tips and shortcuts to get you where you want to be. Just Googling this topic turns up a great many fitness options and the latest trends in diet and weight loss. All of them promise fast and easy results.
Just what are these diet trends and fads? Let’s see what they have to offer. Today, Evolve Daily shares five of the latest trends in dieting and weight loss.
1) The Alkaline Diet
The human body functions ideally with a pH level between 7.35 and 7.45, which suggests that everyone is slightly alkaline. The Alkaline Diet focuses on creating an alkaline state in the body by consuming food that fights acidity and enhances alkalinity.
This particular diet is focused on not consuming anything that will tip the body toward high levels of acidity while still eating high-alkaline foods. This means cutting out alcohol, grains, conventional meats, eggs, processed foods, flour, and refined sugar from your diet.
Consumption of dairy is restricted to yogurt if only for the benefits of consuming probiotics that aid in proper digestion. All normal daily dairy products, such as milk and cheese, are prohibited.
NFL football legend Tom Brady uses a variation of this diet, which is tailored to his specific athletic requirements, and it has allowed him to be an amazing quarterback for the New England Patriots well into his 30s and now into his 40s. He likes to eat alkalizing foods, such as kale, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts, and various green vegetables.
Yet, even if you aren’t an athlete, you may still be able to benefit from a highly alkaline-based diet.
This is not a diet that requires counting calories. It is simple, easy to follow, and has many health benefits.
The Alkaline Diet is also known for its ability to protect bone density and retain muscle mass. It helps to fortify the immune system, which keeps you healthy and strong, and also boosts metabolism for maximum weight loss effect.
2) The Ketogenic Diet
By now you must have heard about the Ketogenic Diet. It’s probably one of the most popular diet trends today. It’s wildly popular because it promises extreme weight loss while allowing you to eat most of your favorite fatty foods.
This particular diet focuses on low carb and high healthy fat consumption with just the right amount of protein in moderation. Also referred to as “Keto,” the Ketogenic Diet works by depleting the body’s glucose levels while training the metabolism to turn to burning fat stores instead of using carbohydrates for energy. This state of the body is called ketosis.
People who are on Keto aim to consume around a mere 5%–10% of their diet in carbohydrates. This does wonders for weight loss as well as improve insulin resistance. To achieve ketosis, however, carbs and sugar consumption must be kept to an absolute minimum, which means that all pasta, breads, oats, cereals, and any grains that contain large amounts of carbohydrates are strictly off limits.
So what can you eat on this diet? The Ketogenic Diet allows you to eat healthy fats, including avocados, nuts, full-fat dairy, seeds, olive oil, and fat from animals, such as pork, beef, chicken, and fish. It also encourages consuming a healthy amount of high-fiber vegetables, such as spinach, kale, cucumber, cauliflower, asparagus, and other leafy greens.
3) The Paleo Diet
The Paleo Diet takes us back to when humans lived in caves and survived on a basic hunter/gatherer system. Thousands of years ago when such processed foods as spray butter or breakfast cereal were nowhere near a reality humans consumed the absolute basics of the major food groups.
The concept of the Paleo Diet revolves around what our bodies are designed to properly consume. Our bodies weren’t designed to handle the processed foods of today. So the Paleo Diet works by encouraging us to eat like early humans did.
This means we remove dairy products, grains, refined sugar, flour, and anything processed from our diets. The diet focuses on consuming protein, vegetables, fruit, nuts, seeds, and healthy fats, much like our early ancestors used to eat.
There is also no calorie counting or scientific explanations for anything. You simply eat when you’re hungry.
This diet is super simple because it takes people back to the basics. If a caveman did not have a particular food available to him, then this particular food is not Paleo. The concept is easy, however, and just encourages people to stay away from processed foods. It helps get rid of bad eating habits and promotes a healthier lifestyle.
4) The Carnivore Diet
The Carnivore Diet is extremely popular with people who love to eat meat, as the name suggests. This diet focuses on sustaining nourishment by consuming animal foods alone—no fruits or vegetables—but you can have all the burgers, steaks, and ribs you want.
Let’s think about that for a minute.
When people first hear about this diet, it comes as a complete shock. Most diets tend to restrict sugar and carbohydrates and are very effective, but the Carnivore Diet restricts vegetables and fruits too!
The entire premise of the Carnivore Diet is that you only need to eat animals to be healthy, and vegetables can actually have a detrimental effect on your body. This approach goes against conventional wisdom and everything we have learned in our adult lives.
The general consensus is that when consumed in large quantities meat is dangerous. Right?
Many studies have focused on the Carnivore Diet, and much of the research sounds reassuring, but no conclusive evidence has been linked to this diet being healthy and effective, so follow it at your own risk.
5) Intermittent Fasting
The last diet trend isn’t actually a diet at all. You’ve probably heard about it. It’s called Intermittent Fasting.
Simply put, intermittent fasting is the process of keeping an individual’s feeding window limited to just a few hours each day. It is an eating pattern that involves alternating periods of eating and then not eating at all.
Those who have adopted this method of timed eating have raved about its benefits, not the least of which is rapid and significant weight loss as well as more energy.
With intermittent fasting, your body releases stored fat and uses it as energy, while your lean muscle tissue remains untouched. This is especially true if you have a lot of fat stored already, meaning your body has a lot to work with.
While it may certainly feel like magic, given the quick and visible benefits, intermittent fasting is backed by science and many studies over the years to analyze its cause and effects.
The science behind it is very simple—expend more calories than you consume and your body will be in a state of caloric deficit. This will undoubtedly lead to weight loss. Since 3,500 calories make up a pound, cutting 500 calories off your basal metabolic rate every day will ensure that you safely lose at least one pound of weight each week.
Some like to combine Intermittent Fasting with the Ketogenic Diet to achieve maximum effect.