When looking into the most popular diets, and how people are affected by all the hype that surrounds them.
One question always pops up. Which are the current diets that work?
Let’s look at the top trending diets from 2018 and examine how they work.
Starting the research for this article reveal some surprises on which diets were inb the top five for 2018.
Interestingly, the diets that I initially thought were the top five were not even on the list!
Just goes to show you how quickly things change and how we can miss something when not careful.
Here is the list off the top five diets for 2018:
- DASH Diet
- Mediterranean Diet
- The Flexitarian Diet
- Weight Watchers Diet
- MIND Diet
In the next section we will break down the diets and give a summary from the articles use in my research.
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The DASH Diet is an acronym for “dietary approaches to stop hypertension.”
A balanced diet that approaches food in much the same way that doctors have been suggesting for years.
The following list is what to focus on eating:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables – four to five servings per day.
- Whole grains – six to eight servings per day.
- Lean meats – six or fewer ounces per day
- Low-fat dairy products – two to three servings per day
- Salt – 1500 to 2300 milligrams per day
- Alcohol – Limit to one or two drinks per day. Better none!
People on the Mediterranean Diet are focused on eating mostly fruits and vegetables, at least two or more times a week.
Olive oil is a common ingredient in Mediterranean
The Mediterranean Diet is much more liberal in what you can eat, but here is what to focus on:
- Fruits and veggies – six to seven servings per day.
- Beans – minimum one serving a day.
- Whole grains – five to six servings per day.
- Meat & poultry – limit once per week.
- Cook with garlic and herbs
- Only use olive or canola oil for cooking.
Flexitarian Diet is a play on words, combining flexible and vegetarian.
This diet was coined form a book back in 2009 from dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner, contending that one can reap benefits from being vegetarian (most of the time) and eat some meat occasionally.
The focus is not on the amount of servings per day but as follows:
- Reducing meals with meat from 6-8 out of the normal 21 meals per week; to more than 15 meals out of the 21 per week, without meat.
- Nuts and seeds
- Eggs and dairy
- Fruits and veggies
- Sugar and spices
Weight Watchers uses a point system that they call SmartPoints. Every food and beverage are assigned a point value for its nutritional value.
Some dietary options that carry a zero-point value and allowed to eat without costing the participant any points.
Depending on your BMI and your age, sex and a few other factors the participant has an assigned a number to stay below per day.
This program encourages them to choose the food choices wisely and changes the behavior pattern of the individual.
The following Are on the zero-point list:
- Fruits and veggies
- Eggs, Fish and Seafood
- Skinless chicken breast
- Corn, beans, and peas
The MIND Diet is an acronym for “Mediterranean-Dash Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.”
MIND Diet takes two proven diets DASH and Mediterranean diets and chooses food that focus on affect the brain.
The goal is to reduce the risk of mental decline.
Studies show that participants reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s by 35% if followed moderately and 53% for those who followed rigorously.
The following are what to focus on consuming:
- Green leafy vegetables (in particular) and all other vegetables as well.
- Nuts, Berries, Beans
- Whole grains, Olive oil, Wine
- Fish and Poultry
Purpose Diet – Why do Most People Diet?
Most people will go on a diet to lose weight.
Statistics show that about 45 million people will start a diet for their new year’s resolution!
xperts believe that less than 5% of dieters will keep the weight off long term.
With 70% of the adults in the United States, overweight or obese. The problem is something that needs to have more attention.
For me, everything changed because of my health deteriorating and with the diagnoses of type 2 diabetes.
Even with my previous attempts at changing my lifestyle it was not enough.
Now that drastic measures have been taken my health is turning around and getting better by the day.
The purpose for someone to change their eating habits; with a desire to make it permanent, is what people need to establish to improve their diets.
Before the thought were always the same, get the weight off and then everything is going to be okay.
After all; the extra weight was not stopping me from doing what I wanted to do! Or at least that was the thoughts going through my head.
But the truth was, it hampered me from doing what I wanted.
There are many issues that people go through in the daily lives that affect the choices we make about our diets.
Facing the hard choice is going to take getting yourself ready to accept that you are going to do some things that you don’t want to do.
Like finding ways to refuse food that is not good for you, especially from people who are trying to be nice!
That is the hardest thing to do in our culture in Texas where we are taught to be nice and accept food when offered, to reject it is considered rude.
Coming from bosses at the job it is even worse.
Luckily people are becoming more health conscious, and they understand it when you explain that you are on a strict diet plan.
I will blame it on the Doctors, which is not a lie, they have me under instruction to eat right, but it is the best way to get others off of your back!
Why People Do Not Diet
For years my motto was to be “Fat & Happy” I did not care about the extra weight.
Being one of the strongest around was more important to me. And dieting does not make you stronger!
With rational thinking comes the tendency to think about making healthier choices
Dieting is something that many people start and give up on more than anything else that people do.
Probably because we all must eat and restricting what we eat just does not come naturally to most of us.
Someone can change the way they look at food going on a diet is probably not going to work.
We need to eat to live, and not live to eat!
This saying is something that a good friend of mine always says when the subject comes up in conversation, both of us would still laugh about it, especially when not eating right!
Current Health Topic News
When it comes to diet choices, the ones that are getting more attention is the Intermittent Fasting and the controversy around whether it is right for you or not.
It does matter which method of intermittent fasting we are talking about starting.
In some research this year they talk about the 5:2 method (referring to five days with and two days without food).
This method can lead to type 2 diabetes because of the stretches without food can throw off insulin levels and damage pancreatic cells.
What I have been doing at the suggestion of my Doctor, is the 16:8 version of intermittent fasting where you eat during an eight-hour window and fasting the remaining 16 hours.
What works best for me is to skip breakfast, then eat lunch at 11:00 am.
Keeping the same foods that are good for diabetics, and do not eat more than I usually would for the day.
This diet is something that is quickly becoming a habit and a lifestyle that I can stick with for the long haul.
It has helped me to resume losing weight again, and I stalled at the 35-pound mark for two months.
That is with eating a diabetic diet low in carbs and with 1800 – 2000 calories limit.
Now keeping the same diabetic diet and with the same limits on calories, the only difference is eating between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
This last month I have dropped an additional 10 pounds. And my clothes are fitting loser.
The best suggestion would be to look at the diet that you are considering.
Ask yourself; is this something that you can live with for a long time and make it part of your routine?
If the answer is no; then why would you even begin?
The up and down cycle that comes from starting then stopping diets will ultimately cause more weight gain in the long run.
It is so important to discuss any significant changes that you are considering, and they can give you some excellent advice and point out something to be watched.
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