It seemed just yesterday when we had welcomed a new year. But four months have already passed in a wink.
With every new year our lifestyle, as well as food habits, are changing. New diet plans are being incorporated to bring evident results in our changing lifestyle, to bring diversity in our lives. Following the same diet plan for years seem to be very boring and often we lose our interest. But with newer diet plans coming up we get some newer things to try and then find what suits us the best.
What about your diet resolutions? You forgot to make one, just like us! *Sigh* Junk foods taste so good, and we just can’t stop our binge eating. You want to eat tasty food and just can’t stop thinking about those cheesy pizzas? Or maybe you think it’s too late to start, and you will do it next year. But don’t you want to wear those dresses which you have been adding to your wishlist from long or feel healthy and fit from inside?
We know it’s tough, but let us do it together. So here we are presenting you the top diet plans to look for in 2018.
1. Dash Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)
DASH diet has been ranked best diet for the 8th year in a row by US News & World Report. The DASH diet is a plant-focused diet. Mainly you can have fruits and vegetables, nuts, with low-fat and non-fat dairy, lean meats, fish, and poultry, mostly whole grains, and consume healthy fats. Your tummy will be happy by feeding upon delicious fruits and vegetables, paired up with protein-rich foods to quench your hunger. This is a simple diet which you can follow easily. So try this out.
What can you consume and what not?
Eat – Vegetables, fruits, low-fat dairy products, whole grains, nuts, lean meat, fish, and poultry.
Don’t eat or limit – DASH diet focuses on lowering the sodium limit to just 1 TSP per day. Along with that, it doesn’t allow consumption of sugary items, trans fats, fatty meats and processed grains.
2. Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean Diet is a way of eating based on the traditional foods (and drinks) of the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea. It’s a diet which aids in weight loss and helps to increase your overall health. Rather, changing lifestyle with the inclusion of fruits and vegetables, as well as fatty foods like fish, nuts and olive oil, doing physical activities, enjoying meals with friends and family, and limit intake of wine in moderation with meals. This diet has been linked to better overall health and better immune system.
Eat – Vegetables, Fruits, Whole grains, Pulses, Nuts, Poultry, Fish and Olive Oil.
Don’t eat or limit – Fatty meat, sugary items, refined oils.
3: Flexitarian Diet
A combination of the words flexible and vegetarian gives the word ‘Flexitarian’. This diet encourages people to eat mostly vegetarian food but doesn’t ask you to reduce the quantity. The Flexitarian diet Ranks 3rd diet overall.
4. Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers is an especially popular diet. It was made popular by celebrity Oprah Winfrey. Here each food is given a number of points, and people are asked to stick to a particular number for each day. Foods that are high in nutrients and are filling have fewer points overall. Sweets, chocolates are high in points, whereas nuts vegetables, fruits have low points.
5. Mind Diet
The MIND Diet—a connection of DASH and the Mediterranean diet—is helped to increase your brain functionality. People are encouraged to eat can improve our brain health like green leafy vegetables, nuts, berries, beans, whole grains, fish, poultry, olive oil and wine. And these five food groups should be avoided- Red meats, butter and stick margarine, cheese, sweets and fried or fast food.
6. TLC Diet
The TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) diet is meant to help people cut down on food which can increase cholesterol. You must cut down on fat overall, especially saturated fat. This diet tells us to add more fibers in our diet.
7. The Keto Diet
The “keto” in a ketogenic diet comes from the fact that it makes the body produce small fuel molecules called “ketones”. Ketones are produced if you eat very few carbs (that are quickly broken down into blood sugar).
Eat: Around 70-75% of your diet should be made up of fat, and around 20% of protein.
Don’t eat or limit: Here’s what you should avoid on keto – foods containing a lot of sugar and starch. This includes starchy foods like bread, pasta, rice, and potatoes. These foods are very high in carbs.
8. Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent fasting means having short cycles of not eating any food except water than eating repeatedly, which has proven results for some people by breaking stubborn fat, control insulin levels, and improve diet. The main logic behind intermittent fasting and fat loss are that once you’ve been fasting for longer than 12 hours, your body is able to access the fat stores that have previously been inaccessible on a regular eating schedule. So overall your health condition increases.
These may sound fancy but can certainly be adapted to our lifestyle. But before trying any of these diet plans, please consult a doctor first and then make up your mind. Though diet plans can help us to manage our weight some physical activity like mild jogging, walking or exercising should be included to make it more effective and efficient. But rather than doing crash diets, we must choose a plan that we can opt for long without any problem. Our focus should be on staying healthy and not particularly on weight loss. Our diet plan should make us feel happy and shouldn’t come as a hesitant way to reduce extra pounds. Staying happy and having a peaceful mind is the most important factor to stay fit and glowing. Do let us know, which diet plan grabbed your attention the most. Share your thoughts and suggestions with us. We will be bringing up more posts on this topic. So watch out this space.
Till then eat healthily and stay happy.
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