“I’m going to lose 20 pounds this year.” “I am going to eliminate processed foods from my diet.”
Setting New Year’s resolutions like these are a dime a dozen, but there are not many diet plans that keep you feeling energized and healthy while you strive for your goals.
Choosing the wrong diet can make you feel defeated in the first month, so let us help you find a nutrition model that is sure to make you succeed.
This past year, one of the most popular diet trends was the keto diet, where eating high fats and low carbohydrates promise to get you slim quick.
Celebrities such as Kourtney Kardashian and LeBron James have contributed to the fad diet’s popularity, but it may not be enough to make it stick in 2020.
It is true that you will drop weight quickly with this questionable way of eating, but there are plenty of long-term concerns, as Better Change Project has previously reported.
Diarrhea, gallbladder issues, and a decrease in fitness performance could all befall you with the carb-lacking diet plan, which is why the keto diet ranked nearly last in popularity, according to the U.S. News and World Report list.
If that’s not enough, Health’s contributing nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass, RD, reports:
“In addition to being difficult to maintain, Sass adds that keto also has the potential to create negative health outcomes, including nutrient deficiencies, and alter the gut microbiome in ways that may increase inflammation and impact immunity and mental health.”
If your goal is to drop unwanted pounds in a short amount of time, then this diet may be what you are looking for.
Just be prepared for the symptoms that come along with it, and set a reasonable time frame to complete the diet before returning to a healthy, more sustainable alternative.
Another diet trend that was popular in recent years, and will probably be sticking around for a while is the WW diet, formerly known as Weight Watchers.
This diet works by calculating your age, gender, height, and weight to find out how many daily “points” you are allotted. Each food is assigned an amount of points so you can eat within your goal.
WW does so well because it has a large number of studies that support its ability to help people successfully lose weight, suggests Sass.
But there is no diet that has more scientific backing than the Mediterranean diet, which is why it ranked first on the U.S. News and World Report’s annual list of “most popular diets.”
The Mediterranean Diet is plant-based, filling your plate with nutrient-rich fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains.
And this isn’t the first time the Mediterranean Diet has stolen the spotlight. Three years running experts have found this tried and true approach to be optimal for health and weight loss.
David Katz, MD, founding director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center and one of 25 judges on the U.S. News and World Report panel had this to say about the winner, according to Health:
“The hallmarks of a ‘best’ diet include balance, maintainability, palatability, family-friendliness, sustainability, along with healthfulness. The Mediterranean diet gets checkmarks in all of those boxes.”
The diet has been shown to eliminate symptoms of chronic disease, help maintain a healthy weight, and prevent illnesses.
While other diet plans may help you reach a number on the scale quicker, the Mediterranean diet can give you that and the vitality to reach your other goals in life.
Review all diet plans carefully to ensure they are providing you with essential nutrients, and consult with your healthcare provider about any risks a new eating plan may cause.
Let 2020 be your year of health and wellness, and choose a diet plan that gives you both.
Please let us know in the comments section if you have tried one of the diets listed, and how it has helped or hurt your health.