As we’re nearing the close of 2018, it’s important to look towards the future of dieting. What does 2019 have in store for all of us? One thing’s for sure, new diets will be sweeping the world, providing us with exciting new approaches to keeping ourselves fit and healthy.
Then again, experimentation can sometimes lead to adverse effects, which is why it’s important to study a dieting regimen before we are able to adopt it. Fortunately, there are diets that work out for the best across the board. This year, we have found successes in adopting an intermittent fasting lifestyle. And it’s only proper that diets like this should be sustained, through the rest of this year and into the next.
While it’s too difficult to predict the way we approach dieting in the near future, we can at least trust several familiar diets that have proven to be safe for losing weight. Before trying the next diet craze, take a look at these trends that have gone on to become modern-day lifestyle staples.
- Warrior Diet
The so-called Warrior Diet is not really a new thing. In fact the first time we ever heard about it was way back in 2001 when Ori Hofmekler proposed a surefire way to lose weight in one week. Sure enough, because of its effectiveness, the Warrior Diet has experienced a resurgence in popularity, as celebrities and bodybuilders began advocating a lean lifestyle through a controlled food intake.
Under a Warrior Diet regimen, you basically keep consumption to a low. For this, you will need to consume less food for 20 hours. The diet consists of a predominantly dairy-based menu of eggs and milk, as well as a hefty serving of fruits and vegetables. The diet works if you’re aiming to cut down on fat and prep your body for a strict workout regimen.
Planning like a warrior
A good Warrior Diet is anchored on effective planning. Since it’s all about cutting down the amount of food you eat and compensate for it on your next meal, you will need to select recipes that are rich in muscle-building nutrients. In other words, eating protein-rich meals is the best way to go with the Warrior Diet. After going a full day with controlled eating, you can start the next day with a full breakfast of bacon and eggs. You can also have fruits on the side as dessert.
Hydration is key
While working out, of course you will need to hydrate. But when you’re working out while on a Warrior Diet plan, you will have to replace fluids — a lot! That being said, while you’re fasting, drink at least nine glasses of water. This is enough to keep your body energized and prevent cells from wearing down faster. For best results, you can bring a tumbler of filtered water with slices of lemon for a refreshing and detoxifying way to keep your body energized throughout the day.
Train for endurance
Not comfortable with the thought of going hungry for a few hours? The Warrior Diet is all about endurance, so you will have to train your mind and body to resist the urge to munch on your favorite snacks. All it takes is constant practice. Eventually, you’ll find it easier to manage your hunger pangs and make the most out of the Warrior Diet experience.
- The Mind Diet
Dieting is not only limited to weight loss. There are also diets that cater to improved cognitive function. This is what people call a Mind Diet, which is basically a great booster for those who take on mentally demanding tasks.
The Mind Diet works by consuming food that promotes brain health. Berries, wine, as well as fish are just some of the best food items you can have on a Mind Diet regimen. One thing’s for sure, these foods can provide the nutrients you need to maintain focus and improve your analytical abilities. They can also help prevent neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. This is because these foods contain nutrients that help regenerate worn-down neurons.
Starting off the day right
To begin, you can create a meal plan using key components of a Mind Diet. For breakfast, you can prepare a berry smoothie. Simply blend together blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries together and create a refreshing beverage that promotes healthy brain function.
Throughout the week, you can also snack on nuts and other legumes. These foods are not only rich in antioxidants, but also nutrients that help in the regeneration of brain cells. Another great snack option for a Mind Diet would be sweets like candies. Still, you may want to limit your daily dose of sugary content if you’re also watching your weight.
To finish your day, you can have a healthy dinner of poultry or fish, which you can down with a glass of white wine. Rich in antioxidants, white wine is also a perfect partner for when you need to keep your brain healthy as it ages. Other significant advantages include a reduced risk of heart disease and better weight loss.
The bottom line is that with these foods you can greatly improve brain functioning. A mind in good condition is essential when it comes down to remembering things and improving your cognitive abilities.
- Low-carb, high-fat diets
Keto diets are here to stay, and that’s because a lot of people have seen results in adopting these diets in their health regimen. Ketogenic and other similar diets work by keeping carb consumption low while fat consumption is at a high. This allows for a process known as ketosis. The body begins to produce ketones due to a lack of carbs. These ketones then turn into an alternative fuel source for the body.
The end goal of LCHF diets such as keto is to lose weight without the need to go on a fasting spree. This reduces the risk of diseases due to hunger as well as prevents the buildup of fat in the body.
When it comes to ketogenic diets, you will have to burn your fat surplus through physical activity. This means that as you eat more fat, you will have to burn out the excess through jogging. One caveat to this is that it may take some time for your body to grow accustomed to ketones as a fuel source. Give yourself at least four weeks before working out in a fasted state.
Get healthy fats
We all have this notion that fat is not good for our health. But there are plenty of sources of good fat that we can consume during a ketogenic program. You may as well cook your food with a healthy dose of coconut oil or olive oil for good measure.
Keep protein levels high
Throughout a period of low carb intake, you will still need to keep your muscles in good working condition. For this, you may need a steady helping of protein-rich food sources that are also low on carbs and rich in healthy fat. For your meals, you can consume a regulated amount of lean meat. As for chicken, focus on recipes that use much of the breast area. Make sure to take off the skin, which is where much of the bad fat is located.
Diets are a great way to start the year. It’s only a matter of setting up realistic goals and sustaining your gains. Whichever diet plan you choose, keep in mind that your path to a healthier lifestyle will still depend on how committed you are to making important changes.