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.
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.
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.
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.
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).