Gluten-free this, Paleo that. Fasting this, high protein that. With all the health plans that come and go promising weight loss, muscle gain and leaning, or preventative health, it can be downright overwhelming to know which trends are right for you and your health, and which should be ignored.
Many weight loss plans are quick fix diets that lack long-term health benefits. Some trends are short-lived, while others stick around forming a loyal community of supporters. Certain trends do offer a beneficial option for those diagnosed with a medical condition or who have specific dietary restrictions, while others are only a quick and usually unhealthy weight loss fix.
Let’s take a look at a few common health trends today.
Fasting: A trend having lasted throughout the centuries, modern-day fasting is well known for its extremely low-calorie allowance of foods and beverages for a few to several days before “normal” eating is resumed.
Gluten-free: Excluding foods that contain the protein gluten – including grains such as wheat, barley, rye and triticale – is the root of eating gluten-free and is primarily used to treat celiac disease or those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity to help control signs, symptoms, and prevent complications.
Clean Eating: Not so much a diet but rather a popular and healthy concept, clean eating is based on consuming foods that are as close to their natural state as possible. Think eating lean meats and eggs, fruits and veggies, whole grains, and delicious healthy fats like avocado and nuts.
HOW TO KNOW IF A WEIGHT LOSS PLAN IS RIGHT FOR YOU
There are a lot of weight loss trends out there to choose from. Before you do choose one, consider if it’s actually healthy and the right fit for you. Ask yourself, does it:
- Offer a balance of healthy foods from most food groups?
- Recommend regular exercise or physical activity?
- Advocate for regular portion sizes?
- Suggest consistent meals and snacks?
- Fit into your lifestyle and schedule?
If you’ve answered yes to these questions, then it might be a healthy option for you! Just remember that one approach does not fit all, so just because a new weight loss trend is popular does not mean that it’s right for you.
Consider the following ideas to help you make healthy choices that fit into your lifestyle while meeting your long-term health and nutrition goals:
Know Your Body and Self. Talk to your healthcare provider or registered dietitian to discuss your ideal weight and any specific dietary requirements due to a diagnosed medical condition. Understanding your health needs and goals is top priority for creating a healthy lifestyle.
Eat a Variety of Foods. An assortment of healthy foods from all the food groups – whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy and healthy dietary fats – are essential to a well-balanced lifestyle. Commit to clean eating, which is safe for the entire family, promotes a lean and muscular body, helps prevent negative medical conditions and simply tastes delicious!
Be Active. Fit ongoing exercise and fitness-related activities into your daily routine to improve your overall wellbeing, health, and happiness. It’s true! When you exercise, your body releases chemicals called endorphins that trigger a positive feeling within the body. Whether you join a sports league, chase the kids around the backyard, or take a group fitness class at your local gym, get out there and move!
Remember, weight loss plans and health trends come and go. Being healthy is not about a quick fix! Instead, consider long-term health and nutrition goals to build a healthy lifestyle today, allowing you to thrive for years to come.