2017 saw its fair share of weight loss diet trends. Some were better than others, though, so knowing which ones made it onto the best and worst lists will help you choose the diet that will be the safest and most effective for you in 2018 and beyond.
1. The Mediterranean Diet: This diet gained even more traction throughout 2017, with more and more people talking about it. It was named one of the healthiest diets of the year, and it’s one that’s surprisingly easy to follow, too, thanks to all of the yummy foods that you can eat. Focus on consuming what Mediterranean people eat, such as olives, vegetables, and nuts. Doing so will make it easy to cut calories and slim down.
2. The DASH Diet: Yet again, the DASH Diet was trending in ‘17, and it was named the top diet of the year again too. With this diet, you could not only lose weight, but also get healthier by reducing your blood pressure.
3. Plant-Based Diet: A balanced plant-based diet could help boost your overall health, as it involves consuming more fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, seeds, nuts, and anything else that comes from plants. In 2017, this diet grew in popularity, and plant-based proteins also became ever more popular and easy to find. With innovative companies creating healthy foods like the Impossible Burger, plant-based options are becoming more accessible and affordable.
1. Ketogenic Diet: Everyone seemed to be talking about the ketogenic diet in 2017, but it is actually one of the more dangerous weight loss trends to come about. The whole goal of the keto diet lies in inducing a state of ketosis, which is a metabolic state during which your body starts burning fat because there aren’t any available carbs to transform into glucose. Following this diet can lead to ketoacidosis, which could be fatal, though, so it’s best to avoid it.
2. The 16:8 Diet: This diet tells people to only eat during 8 of the 24 hours of the day. The rest of the day should be a fast. However, intermittent fasting could be difficult to sustain, so this diet makes it more likely that you’ll end up overeating and undoing your progress.
3. CICO Diet: The “Calories In Calories Out” Diet was another 2017 trend. This diet claims that all calories are equal, but they aren’t. You certainly can’t eat a lot of fast food and expect to lose weight or get the nutrition you need.