Diets to try in 2017

 

Fad-Diets

At the start of every year, everyone makes their new resolutions and many start a new diet that promises to help you reach your goals. Instead of just making healthy lifestyle decisions, we choose diets that we don’t know much about or if they are detrimental to our health.  Some diets that you should avoid in 2017 include diet pills (not prescribed by a doctor,) teatoxes, 6:1 diet, and juicing. All of these can cause more harm than help to your body. They might create an impression of weight loss and detox but they are very hard to maintain and can cause complications. Instead of choosing one of these fad diets this year, here are 4 lifestyle diets that will help you achieve a healthier, well-balanced self, while helping you slim down.

Vegetarian- 

Whether you commit fully to being vegetarian or just incorporate more vegetarian meals in your weekly routine, eating more plant-based foods and less meat has shown to boost your health. Research shows that when you eat less meat and more plant-based foods, you increase your intake of key nutrients such as dietary fiber, and reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and even some cancers. Instead of meat opt for vegetarian protein sources such as legumes, tofu, tempeh, whole grains, nuts, cheese and eggs.

Vegan-

Similar to the vegetarian diet, the vegan diet is a plant based diet, free from meat. However, the vegan diet also excludes dairy and eggs. Overall the vegan diet has shown to help reduce obesity, heart disease and eliminate toxins in the body. The key to a nutritionally sound vegan diet is variety such as fruits, vegetables, plenty of leafy greens, whole grain products, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Vegan sources include: lentils, chickpeas, tofu, peas, peanut butter, soy milk, almonds, spinach, rice, whole wheat bread, potatoes, broccoli, kale etc.  It is easy for a vegan diet to meet the recommendations for protein as long as the calorie intake is adequate.

High Protein Diet-

A high-protein diet is often recommended by bodybuilders and nutritionists to help build muscle and lose fat. However, we are not talking about the Atkins diet, which often contain high amounts of fat. On the high protein diet you choose protein sources that are nutrient-rich and lower in saturated fat and calories such as lean meats, seafood, beans, soy, low-fat dairy, eggs, nuts and seeds. While you add more protein to your diet it is also important to eat smart carbs such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans and legumes, low-fat milk and yogurt. Also healthy fats are a great addition to your diet such as extra virgin olive oil, fish, avocados, and nuts.

Gluten Free-

The gluten-free diet is a diet that excludes the protein gluten. Gluten is found in grains such as wheat, barley, rye, and a cross between wheat and rye called triticale. Instead of eating gluten the alternatives are amaranth, brown, white and wild rice, buckwheat, almond meal flour, coconut flour, corn, and cornstarch. A gluten-free diet is primarily used to treat celiacs disease, chron’s disease, or a gluten-sensitivity. While those with Celiacs and Chron’s diseases are forced to be on a gluten-free diet, those with a gluten-sensitivity should consider going on the diet. A gluten-free diet can have a variety of health benefits, such as improving cholesterol levels, promoting digestive health, and increasing energy levels, if you have a gluten intolerance. Most of the foods you consume on a gluten-free diet may also help promote weight loss, especially if you eat a well-balanced diet that contains essential protein, carbohydrates, and fat.

Promax bars are gluten-free, vegetarian, and filled with 20g of Protein. Complete with 20g of protein, and 18 vitamins and minerals, these bars are so flavorful; it’ll be one protein-rich snack you look forward to day after day.  As always, it’s important to consult your doctor or a dietitian when considering any diet. They can answer your questions and give you advice on what is best for you.

Sources:

http://www.vrg.org/nutshell/vegan.htm

https://www.naturalbalancefoods.com/community/dietary-needs/vegan-diet-plan-for-beginners/

http://www.bistromd.com/gluten-free/the-health-benefits-of-a-gluten-free-diet

https://www.muscleforlife.com/high-protein-diet/