Not much to anyone’s surprise, the most common resolution is to get in better shape. Generally, this means either to lose weight, exercise more or eat an overall healthier diet. Sometimes, it’s a combination of all three. Whether your plan is to hit the gym twice a day or just eat less red meat, this year you can change your ways!
Here are some of the trendiest diets you can expect to see in 2015. See if any might be the perfect fit for you.
DASH Diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension)
This diet is ideal for those who don’t want to restrict any of the food groups. The DASH Diet cuts back on salts, sweets and fats, and its main focus is on whole grains, lean meat and fish, and plenty of fruits and vegetables. It originally was designed for those looking to fight high blood pressure, but experts are raving about the diet’s nutritional completeness, safety, ability to help avert diabetes and overall ability to support a healthy heart. DASH is a healthy plan that both meat-eaters and vegetarians can follow.
The Mediterranean Diet is a flexible option for someone who doesn’t want to follow a strict, meal-by-meal plan. There’s no single guideline to follow, but overall you eat mostly fruits and vegetables, beans and nuts, healthy grains, fish, olive oil and small amounts of meat, dairy and red wine.
The Caveman Diet is plain and simple: Eat what a caveman would eat. Base your diet on garden vegetables, greens, lean meats, nuts and minimal starch, and avoid dairy and sugar.
This diet is intense in that you must avoid high-glycemic carbohydrates, including rice, bread, candy, potatoes, sweets, sodas and most processed carbs. Why must you avoid these carbs? They give out inordinate insulin response, which has been linked to obesity, high cholesterol, increased blood pressure, mood dysfunction and many other diseases. This diet is ideal for those looking to cut weight.
This is a diet that I’m currently trying, and I encourage you to have a friend try it out with you. Although I’ve felt way more energized and alert on this diet, it’s been nice to have someone to encourage me every step of the way. You also get one cheat day a week to shock your metabolism.
Mayo Clinic Diet
The Mayo Clinic Diet focuses on making a lifestyle change. The goal of this plan isn’t to keep you on track for a set period of time, but rather to give you a weight-loss program you can have for life.
Mayo focuses on healthy food choices, portion control and habit-forming changes. There’s two parts to this plan: lose it and live it. “Lose it” is the two-week phase where you’ll jump-start weight loss. You’ll learn how to add five healthy habits and break five unhealthy ones. Thirty minutes of physical activity is required daily. You can expect to shed 6 to 10 pounds in those first two weeks.
“Live it” is the second phase. This is where you’ll develop a lifelong approach to diet and health, and you’ll lose 1 to 2 pounds weekly until you reach your desired goal weight.
General Diet Tips
Here are some practical recommendations that make sense no matter what diet you choose:
- Drink plenty of water. Men should drink roughly 13 cups a day (3 liters) and women about 9 (2.2 liters).
- Healthy adults should try to get seven to nine hours of sleep a night.
- Consume healthy fats like eggs, avocados, coconut oil, olive oil and nuts.
- Manage your stress. Yoga and meditation are always great ways to clear your mind.
- Take vitamins. Keeping your body full nutrients is so important. A multi-vitamin is a great start!
Are you dieting in 2015? Which plan are you following! Chime in in the comments section below.
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