Every year it seems like new “foolproof” diets emerge. These fancy new diets have cracked the code! They hold all the secrets that you never knew you needed to know in order to lose weight, get healthy and finally achieve your ideal shape.
But let’s be honest, we both know that the end-all be-all of weight loss can’t be discovered again and again year after year. So which diet trends are for real are which ones are frauds?
Here are the top six diet trends of 2016 and what they mean for you and your goals!
The DASH diet has been one of the top rated diets for the last few years, and 2016 is no different. DASH actually stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It was originally invented to help people lower their blood pressure.
The US National Institute of Health sponsored research in an attempt to find alternatives to high blood pressure medication. They discovered that the DASH diet was extremely effective at doing this as well as helping your overall health in other ways, including your weight.
The DASH diet puts an emphasis on eating:
- lean meat
- whole grains
- low-fat dairy
- nuts, seeds, and legumes
Overall the DASH diet is fairly traditional with lots of room to play. There are many books and websites that have capitalized on this diet to help you implement the lifestyle for yourself.
If you’re looking for a diet that will help you lose weight quickly or one that will take out any guesswork, the DASH diet isn’t for you. It gives you a lot of room to do what you want, but the downside is that it doesn’t tell you exactly what to do.
Juice detoxes have always been a popular quick fix to try and lose a few pounds fast, and I definitely don’t see that trend changing in 2016. Detox diets can include juice detox, tea detox, fasting diets, and other detox drink concoctions.
You can find magic “fat-melting” tonics with some combination of apple cider vinegar, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup all over the internet that promise to help you shed 20 pounds in a single week. Not only is that nearly impossible, it’s extremely dangerous for your health.
Plus, whatever weight you end up losing during your detox is likely to return immediately. Most of the weight lost during these detoxes isn’t even fat. The reason you feel so much lighter is because your body is literally empty, and once you start eating food again you’ll gain the weight right back.
These “detox” diets might help you drop a few pounds of water weight right off the bat, but their results won’t last and they have the potential to cause major damage to your metabolism and deprive your body of vital nutrients.
The low-carb high-protein diet made famous by Atkins is sure to be a popular one this year. The name of this diet covers the basics. It’s a diet where you eat more meat and little to no carbohydrates. The idea is that you take away your body’s first source for energy (carbs), forcing it to get its energy elsewhere (your fat stores).
In addition to increasing your protein consumption, low-carb high-protein diets also include an increase in fat. High-fat cheeses, real butter, and cream are all part of the plan when it comes to this diet regimen. Surprisingly, studies show that this diet is more effective for weight loss than low-fat diets.
Before you jump on this butter-rich bandwagon, just keep in mind that there are a few drawbacks. While you do get to eat some foods that are decadent, overall it’s a pretty restrictive diet. It forces you to cut out most carbs and processed foods. It even restricts you to only eating one piece of fruit a day. Instead you’ll be eating lean meats and lots of vegetables, which not only has the potential to get boring, but could also be very expensive.
There are also some potential health risks that accompany the low-carb, high-protein diet. Some experts have raised concerns about high-cholesterol, kidney, and bone health issues. Because of the added protein and high level of fats, experts warn that there’s a chance you could raise your cholesterol levels, increasing your chance of heart disease and heart attack. And the large amounts of protein could put an added strain on your kidneys. Plus there’s a chance your bone health could suffer because more calcium is leaving your body through your urine.
The Paleolithic diet (a.k.a. Paleo diet) is based around the concept that the foods we eat in today are making us fat and sick. This diet reverses that trend and instead encourages people to eat like our ancient ancestors once did.
This diet is somewhat similar to the low-carb high-protein diet because it encourages cutting out carbs. But what makes the paleo diet even more unique is that it instructs dieters to eat high amounts of fat, moderate amounts of animal protein, and low amounts of carbohydrates, plus no cereal grains or legumes. Cereal grains and legumes include: wheat, rye, barley, oats, corn, brown rice, soy, peanuts, kidney beans, pinto beans, navy beans and black eyed peas.
In addition, not all meats and fats are created equal in the eyes of the paleo diet. On the paleo diet you should, if and when possible, eat grass-fed, locally raised animal meat. These sources of meat contain healthier fats and higher amounts of omega-3s and other fatty acids that are healthy for your heart.
The paleo diet has similar drawbacks and potential health concerns as the low-carb high-protein diet. The idea is that the grass-fed meats you’re eating on the paleo diet pose less of a risk to your health than grain-fed meats.
The Mediterranean diet is another popular diet that’s been around for a while now. This is an easy-to-follow diet with fairly simple and straightforward guidelines. It doesn’t completely cut out or demonize any single food or food group. The goal of this diet is to eat like you’re Greek!
It is basically the opposite of the low-carb high-protein and Paleo diets because it emphasizes whole grains, fresh fruits, and veggies, along with very little meat. The top two preferred protein sources are fish and seafood; second to those sources are chicken, eggs, and dairy. The main restriction is limiting red meat to only a few times each month.
If you’re looking to specifically improve your heart health, the Mediterranean diet might be a good option. According to the Mayo Clinic, “An analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults demonstrated that following a Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer, as well as a reduced incidence of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.”
The Mediterranean diet has some great health benefits, but weight loss isn’t necessarily one of them. As with any other diet, if you’re not careful about portion sizes, you won’t lose weight.
Meal Replacement Shakes
This one is kind of a no brainer. Meal replacement shakes can be an incredible tool when trying to shed pounds and ease yourself into a new and healthier lifestyle. One of the biggest benefits of meal replacement shakes is that they’re quick and simple. Unlike most of the diets on the list, the food prep involved with meal replacement shakes is minimal.
But be careful: not all meal replacement shakes are as effective as others. Some brands offer shakes that taste gross, leave you hungry, and cost buckets of money. If you don’t stick to a diet, it won’t work, and a diet that leaves you with a bad taste in your mouth (both literally and metaphorically!) isn’t going to help you reach your long-term goals.
That’s why we love IdealShake. It’s a delicious, low-calorie meal replacement shake that contains a hunger-blocker to help you curb cravings for up to three hours. And because IdealShape is not an MLM, you get to cut out the middle man, making IdealShake way more affordable than other brands like Shakeology.
Plus, IdealShake comes with a weight loss plan, so there’s no questions about how to follow through with the diet in order to lose weight.
Diet Trend Roundup Wrap Up
As we move into the new year, there are definitely some diets that are sticking around on the trendy list, for better or worse. Not every diet is for every person. It depends on your goals and your lifestyle. But there are definitely some diets which don’t work for weight loss (*cough* juice detoxes *cough*) that you shouldn’t waste your time or your money on.
If you’re looking for a diet to jumpstart your weight loss, you should definitely give meal replacement shakes like IdealShake a try. IdealShake is delicious, hunger-blocking, weight loss-supporting and best of all, easy to use. Try IdealShake now!