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First off, I want to start this post with a disclaimer. I am not a Doctor and the article is not meant to be a medical opinion in any form. Before you start any weight loss program or diet, please consult with your own personal medical provider.
The following is a list of what is considered to be the top 9 diet trends 2020.
I am fully aware that in the era of covid-19, these diet trends might well vary or be right out the window.
In many cases, your diet will be composed of what is readily available to eat, regardless of what your dietary preferences might be.
We all need to consume calories to survive and that is becoming a matter of life and death in this pandemic time.
I have looked at all this and taken it into consideration and will attempt to provide a small sample of information on the 9 top diets 2020, for when we might return to more normal times.
This is without a doubt the hottest diet for 2020. It is a low carb diet (similar to the Atkins Diet). The concept is to generate the most calories from protein and fat, while generally eliminating the carbs from sugar, sodas, breads, and pastas. It would be good for you to gain a working knowledge of the Glycemic Index (how fast the body absorbs sugar from various foods) and use it as an eating guide. You will endeavor to put your body into ketosis; thereby, burning Ketones from the breakdown of protein and fat. You will be burning fat build up and not sugar, thus losing weight.
The Flexitarian diet, aka the plant based diet. I basically look at this diet as a flexible vegetarian diet, where you consume veggies, fruit, eggs, nuts, seeds, tofu, dairy, nut butters, and whole grains. It actively advocates a reduction in meat consumption to no more than twice a week. It incorporates many of the elements of the Mediterranean and Nordic Diets. The only difference between those two is that the Nordic Diet uses canola oil and the Mediterranean uses olive oil. This diet is considered great for diabetics, easy to adjust to, and one of the best overall diets to use in your lifestyle.
The Mind Diet is better known as the “Baby Boomers Diet Special”. MIND stands for Mediterranean-Dash Intervention for Neurogenerative-Delay. This diet is basically for baby boomers who want to prevent or delay the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. It emphasizes whole, plant-based foods, with a very limited intake of animal and high saturated fat foods. It specializes in the consumption of leafy greens, nuts, berries, legumes, whole grains, fatty fish, seafood, poultry, olive oil, and wine in moderation.
This diet was designed by a Professor of Nutrition. It is rated in the top 5 best overall diets, tied for 2nd as the most effective diet, and this diet is considered safe, effective, and sustainable. This diet basically says “eat all you want” as long as it is foods that are low in calories, high in fiber and water. Sounds like a fruit, veggie, and soup diet to me, at least that is what immediately comes to my mind. Carbs and protein provide fewer calories per gram than fats, so you can consume more from those groups without excess calories being generated. Another thing that is great about this diet is that you don’t have to count calories, log points, attend meetings, or measure food. It is definitely a lifestyle change worth checking out.
Intermittent fasting is basically a pattern of eating that moves between periods of eating and fasting. It doesn’t specify any type of foods to eat or avoid, so it is not a diet, per se. It is a pattern of fasting involving primarily daily 16 hour fasts or 24 hour fasts, twice weekly. Over the course of human time, fasting has been a regular part of our diet, due in most part to a lack of food. The easiest and most common Intermittent Fasting is the 16:8 cycle. This has proven to be the easiest to maintain and has shown significant weight reduction.
This diet incorporates many diets that espoused the same criteria: Whole 30, Meat-Tastic, and Carnivore Diet. Basically they all espouse ultra-strict paleo diets that promote eating like our ancient ancestors. Eating minimally processed foods, fruits, veggies, nuts, and unpasteurized dairy products. Cooked meat is high on the list of edible foods. This diet seeks to eat zero processed foods and excludes farmed foods.
The TLC diet stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes. It was created as a vehicle to lower cholesterol with a healthy eating program. It basically stresses eating plenty of fruits, veggies, multi grain bread and pasta, and lean meats.
This diet was designed to help you lose and keep the weight off permanently by making smarter food choices, manage your setbacks, and changing your lifestyle. It incorporates most of the positive aspects of the Volumetric, Flexitarian, and TLC diets. Eat green, eat less red meats, use processed foods sparingly, reduce your sugar consumption, and exercise. It also stresses both psychological and exercise components in its program. Get in shape and develop a weight loss mindset are key ingredients to its weight loss program. If put into practice and followed conscientiously, its still a very effective weight loss program.
This is a low fat vegetarian diet that emphasizes whole grains, beans, fruits, veggies, and no animal products are allowed except for egg whites and non-fat dairy products. Nuts, seeds, avocado, and other fats are excluded. This diet might be effective for some people, but it is basically too restrictive for many.
These are the current hot diets for 2020. My personal preference is a combination of two of the diet plans, I am a fan of intermittent fasting and do it 16:8. Sometimes I will boost it to an 18:6, but find the 16:8 easy to live with. I have been combining the eating pattern with the Volumetric eating diet. This has shown significant results for me. You might laugh, but one of the problems that I have had is eating enough calories in my window of consumption. I start eating at 8:00 am and I have to be done by 4:00 pm. I am not always hungry enough to fit my caloric needs in that window. Strange problem to have, lol.
Hopefully, I have provided you with some food for thought (no pun intended) and you will find something that will work for you. Good luck in your weight loss journey and stay safe and well.