Considering that it has always been part of people’s New Year’s resolutions, you would think that losing weight has begun to lose its appeal as a life goal. But no – weight loss remains at the top of that list, along with other life-changing plans people have set for themselves.
Weight loss have come a long way since the Greeks introduced to the world methods to achieve it roughly 23 centuries ago. In fact, it has evolved into an entire industry that encompasses dozens of natural and doctor-assisted methods that are driven not only by fads, but by the wish to lead a healthier life.
While the goal stays the same, the trends in achieving it appear to be ever-changing. To prove this point, listed below are five weight loss trends that are expected to rise higher in 2019.
The ketogenic diet, or simply known as “keto,” started gaining popularity in 2018 and is expected to continue its lead in 2019. This new low-carb diet variant became famous because of its promise of quick weight loss via the manipulation of the body’s metabolism.
With the keto diet, a person’s food intake is changed up drastically into a high-fat, moderate-protein, and very low-carb combo. The idea is that the lowered carbohydrate intake would put the body in a metabolic state called ketosis where fat is used up for fuel in place of carbohydrates. It is also known to reduce the risk of inflammation in the body and boost brain function.
Another weight loss trend that started gaining traction in 2018 is intermittent fasting. Unlike keto (or any other diets, for that matter), this weight loss program does not alter what food you consume, but rather, when you consume your food.
As the name suggests, this weight loss trend entails abstaining from eating for an extended period, save for one tiny meal with only 400 to 600 calories, depending on the person’s gender. This is repeated twice a week but isn’t done consecutively. The other five days are left for eating anything you want.
Studies have shown that this type of eating cycle can trigger weight loss. To be more specific, one research showed that alternate-day fasting can lead to an average weight loss of about 10 to 30 pounds in a span of eight weeks. It was also discovered to be beneficial for people with high levels of bad cholesterol or LDL if done with exercise.
The Pegan diet is another diet that promises significant weight loss. It is a combination of the Paleo diet – which entails eating only the foods that ancient men and women from the Paleoithic era ate – and a vegan diet that is all about avoiding animal-based food products.
Basically, the Pegan diet requires a high consumption of plant-based foods, with very low starch and sugar. Animal products are allowed so long as they are sustainably grown. It also recommends consuming “good” fat from avocados, nuts, seeds, and olive oil.
Of course, both the Paleo and vegan diets also remain as two of the most popular weight loss regimens in 2019.
Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension (DASH)
As the name suggests, this doctor-supported diet was invented to support the treatment of hypertension by eating heart-healthy foods. This particular weight loss trend doesn’t entail any complicated rule; neither does it remove any particular food group from the picture. It only has one core principle: Eat healthily.
Eating more plants is another diet that doesn’t require drastic changes in a person’s diet. This is practically based on the idea that adults should be eating two to four servings of fruits and three to five servings of vegetables every day. Basically, it means that you will have to fill half of your plate with produce.
While it isn’t a strict vegan diet, it incorporates replacing animal products with plants and adjusting the focus on fruits and vegetables every now and then.
A Final Thought
Be it through following medically assisted weight loss programs or making substantial changes to your diet, the manner by which you achieve your ideal body weight, shape, or size is only one decision you have to make.
Before reaching that point, you must first set your goals and be specific about when and how you want to achieve them. This way, you will get to enjoy your life while working your way towards the body you wish to achieve.
Vandana Luthra founded VLCC in New Delhi, India as a beauty and slimming services centre in 1989. Today, it is widely recognized for its comprehensive portfolio of beauty and wellness products and services and also enjoys a high level of consumer trust. The VLCC Group’s operations currently span 330 locations in over 150 cities and 14 countries across Asia and Africa.