Top 5 Dietary Trends to Watch for in 2020

Top 5 Dietary Trends to Watch for in 2020

Thanks to the wonderful world of the web, we are all far more susceptible to learning new information and following trendy new lifestyles. Among these new trends and lifestyles, fresh new dietary trends are emerging and breaking through to the mainstream.

 

Here are the top 5 dietary trends to watch for in 2020.

 

1. The Ketogenic Diet

The ‘keto’ diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet which has been proven to be far superior to the often-recommended low-fat diet.

There are a few different types of Ketogenic Diets, but one thing they all have in common is the fact that it is a low-carb diet based around the idea that you get more calories from protein and fat and less from carbohydrate.

This diet is typical for individuals who are looking to lose excess fat, however there are many other health benefits which include improved insulin sensitivity, reduced risk for diabetes/prediabetes and a reduced risk for cancer, among others.

More information about The Ketogenic Diet can be found here.

2. The Primal Diet

This diet is more of a lifestyle than anything… a lifestyle based on eating only the foods that primitive humans would have eaten… and wherever possible, raw and unaltered. As you may have guessed, this means absolutely NO processed foods and no farmed foods (such as grains).

Even milk should be consumed in its raw form… unpasteurized. This concept is relatively new and therefore has not been thoroughly researched yet.

More information about The Primal Diet can be found here.

3. The MIND Diet

MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. The goal here is to reduce dementia and overall decline in brain health. This diet places emphasis on consuming berries, but not all fruit in general.

Currently, while there are no set guidelines on how to follow the MIND diet, more information can be found here.

4. The Plant-Based Diet

As the name suggests, this diet limits or avoids animal products. The focus is on plants including vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, seeds and nuts. This diet can help with weight-loss while improving overall health.

This diet (which is also known as the “WFPB” diet, meaning Whole-Foods Plant-Based) shares some common ground with the typical vegan and vegetarian diets, however there is a bit more flexibility as the WFPB diet allows for limited consumption of animal products such as dairy, meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and honey.

More information about The Plant-Based Diet can be found here.

5. Intermittent Fasting

Often paired with the Ketogenic Diet, Intermittent Fasting is quite simply explained. You’re essentially fasting for 16 hours total, per day. 8 of these hours are typically spent sleeping, while the other 8 hours are spent going about your day.

No food is allowed during the fasting period, and one may only consume water, tea and coffee (among any other non-caloric beverages).

More information about Intermittent Fasting can be found here.

Setting Fitness Goals and Achieving Them

Setting Fitness Goals and Achieving Them

So… presumably if you’re reading this article, you are geared up and ready to embark on your fitness journey!

 

Now, the questions you should be asking yourself are: “Why?” “…What are my goals? What am I capable of?” …and most importantly… “What do I want for myself?”

Setting goals can be tough. There is a lot of room to overthink things and get caught up in the ‘instant gratification’ side of things. This can be discouraging!

First and foremost, you must let this go… Nothing worth working for will happen overnight, and no one can just bestow upon you the ‘physique of your dreams’.

 

Physical fitness is something that you must work at, but I can promise you that it will be worth it in the end.

Now, your journey begins when you do… so you should start small to avoid overwhelming yourself. “One of the biggest mistakes is that people try to do too much at one time,” Kellen Scantlebury, D.P.T.

What do you want for yourself? To gain mass. To build strength. To lose weight. To optimize agility. To increase activity-specific performance.

The choice is yours… however, if you have no direction (or too many directions) to move toward, you are likely to remain stagnant or to progress very little.

 

Once you have some sort of a vision… once you’ve identified what you would like to work toward, you can then focus your ambitions on a specific set of smaller goals to bring you closer to that bigger achievement you’ve envisioned.

It is important that you make sure these smaller goals are measurable and specific… and most importantly, you must give yourself a deadline for each bite-size milestone.

In the business world, they call this ‘eating the elephant’.

 

How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!