In the UK in 2015, it was found that 68% of men and 58% of women were either obese or overweight – this is way too high,isn’t it? It shouldn’t be too surprising to hear that 2/3rds of Brits admitted to either being on a diet all or for most of the time. Of course, the topics of healthy eating and weight loss are massively popular talking points at the moment! They’re on every channel and in every magazine, aren’t they? According to The Telegraph, 33% of resolution makers want to lose weight, and 32% want to eat more healthily. With this in mind, MaxiMuscle investigate what the biggest diet trends could be in 2018:
1. The 5:2 Diet
Referred to as an intermittent fasting diet, the 5:2 diet is where someone splits their diet between eating at select times and then fast for other periods. The 5:2 refers to five days of eating and two days of fasting. The NHS reports that some followers of the diet claim it can improve lifespan and brain function whilst protecting against particular health conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. However, scientific evidence about the effectiveness of the diet is limited — but the NHS reports that there is some evidence to suggest the diet may lower the risk of certain obesity-related cancers, such as breast cancer.
2. Bulking Diets
Your diet is likely to change throughout the year if you’re keen on staying fit. Bulking in particular, is a diet that requires an intake of excess calories to provide your body with additional energy and protein to build muscle. When in bulk season, someone is purposely providing their body with a calorie surplus.
Bulk diets will consist of the same three main macronutrients as a cutting diet — carbohydrates, lean protein and essential fats. However, the quantity will probably be higher during a bulk so to ensure you are consuming plenty of calories. What’s more, protein shakes are often consumed before and/or after workouts for additional calorie intake and a protein boost. Keep count of your calorie intake to keep your bulking diet in check. However, in an article by the Huffington Post, it was revealed that 33% of women don’t know how many calories they consume on a daily basis, whilst 42% of men said the same. Bulking requires commitment and careful calorie counting, alongside a strict workout routine. I’ve always been a calorie tracker because I just find it easier to eat enough without over eating! What’s your opinion on calorie counting?
3. Free-From Diets
Gluten-free diets and dairy-free diets are just two examples of free-from diets, and are both becoming very popular! Many people live by a gluten-free diet for health reasons, because they suffer from Coeliac disease. The disease affects 1 in 100 people in the UK and Europe but it is suggested that only 24% of people with the condition have been clinically diagnosed. There is also 65% of the UK public who have a reduced ability to digest lactose. But it is not just sufferers who live a free-from diet. In the first month of 2017 alone, 54% of households also bought ‘free-from’ products, too.
Those who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Coeliac could benefit from trying a gluten-free diet in particular. Plus, a dairy-free diet can prevent bloating, clear skin, improve digestion, and prevent oxidative stress, to name just a few benefits. Weight loss is also a possibility with a transition towards a dairy-free diet.
4. The Paleo Diet
The Paleo diet sometimes gets labeled the caveman diet, due to it consisting mainly of food which can be hunted — like meat and seafood — as well as produce that can be gathered (think plant-based food). Cereal grains and processed foods are strictly off the menu. The Paleo diet claims it is a lifestyle that consists of a small portion of meat, with lot of vegetables, fruits and some nuts. This diet is more of a long-term eating plan that helps to lose weight and can reduce the risk of diabetes.
5. The Vegan Diet
There was a 360 per cent increase in the number of vegans living across the UK in 2016 when compared to the ten years prior to that stat being announced. What’s more, figures from 2017’s Veganuary campaign suggest that the increase is likely to have continued in 2017, and will continue into 2018. In January this year, over 60,000 people officially signed up to take part in Veganuary which showed a progressive 260% growth on figures from 2016. Whilst the campaign only lasts for the month of January each year, it aims to encourage people to alter their diets as a long-term lifestyle change and live by a predominantly plant-based diet.