Here’s a test. Write down or name out loud all the different diets you’ve ever heard about. Now try and explain what they are. How many have you actually tried? Confusing isn’t it? Many diet plans in 2013 aren’t as simple as fads which promise to shed the pounds, although there are still plenty of these. Instead, today’s diets are about how to use nutrition in a healthy way for a trimmer physique and overall vitality.
We’ve already looked at how gluten free meals are becoming increasingly popular, even in restaurants and supermarket food sections, due to the growing awareness of the number of gluten intolerants and celiacs that have to cut out this gut provoking protein. Meanwhile, the retro diet that paleo serves up also cuts out the grains to minimize weight gains and looks to the Stone Age for dietary inspiration. The latest diet to gain fans is the 5:2 diet which allows for two days of culinary splurging with a belt tightening five days of sensible, calorie counting, low-fat dishes. There are many others too.
A hugely popular and interesting diet that suggest we all have different nutritional needs or certainly dietary demands based on our blood group. Promoted by naturopathic physician Dr. Peter D’Adamo, the idea is that whether certain foods give you an inflamed gut, cause you indigestion or act as poisons is dependent not on the individual ingredients but on how you react to them. This reaction is predetermined by your blood type, so what’s good and healthy for the person next to you might be the antipathy of a good diet for you, if you’re not part of the same blood group. The idea is to look at the biochemical makeup of individuals as defined by their blood group.
A diet that’s circulating in celebrity circles. Human Chorionic Gonadotropin is found naturally in women who are pregnant and the premise of this plan is that it affects the metabolic function and that injections or taking this hormone orally can speed up metabolism by releasing the energy in stored fat cells. Of course, the use of this synthetic supplement isn’t something that should be done without the full support of your physician and in many cases, people are using registered practitioners to assist with this treatment. An essential element of the diet is to limit calories to 500 a day so that the cells don’t quickly restore lots of fat again.
First released in the 70s, the basic tenets of the Atkins diet, as promoted by physician Dr Robert Atkins, gained renewed popularity after the release of an updated book and cookbook in the last couple of years. The idea behind the diet it so basically cut the carbs right down. Carbohydrates such as bread, rice and potatoes are a real Atkins no-no, although the diet is a little more complex than that and it’s about counting what are called ‘net carbs’ which are total carbohydrate content minus fiber content. In short, the carbs that affect your blood sugar. Atkins is about re-educating your body to change it’s metabolism from turning glucose into energy and using stored body fat instead.
As with all diet trends it’s worthwhile researching and learning what you can about the ideas behind them. It’s also worth getting in touch with a fitness expert who can offer complementary therapy in the form of exercise and a healthy workout. A nutritionist and/or personal trainer can also guide you toward a healthier attitude, approach and outcome when it comes to your body, your diet and your physical fitness. Drop us a line and look out for more diet trends in Part 3!