Nutrition and wellness counseling has been popular for individuals for many years as they look to professionals to help them change and manage healthy nutrition habits and to maintain a healthy weight. Individuals who have healthy dietary habits and a healthy BMI (body mass index) have lower risks of preventable diseases and decreased problems with chronic aches and pains. A nutrition and wellness degree or certification program can help you learn about popular diet trends and what they are. Not all diet trends are equal and no two people’s dietary needs are the same. One person’s superfood could be another person’s poison.
Be sure to speak to a dietician or nutrition and wellness coach before making any major changes to your current daily diet. Changes should be made to help fit your specific needs and your personal goals. Here are a few of the popular diet trends for 2020:
1. Volumetric Diet. The volumetric diet is exactly as it sounds. It involves eating foods that are low-density, such as broth and vegetables. The main concept behind the volumetric diet is to consume foods that provide the most amount of nutrition for the least amount of calories.
2. Keto Diet. Keto diet has been around for quite some time and continues to be popular among diet trends. The Keto diet reduces the amount of carbs you consume and is higher in fat intake. The idea behind the concept is that your body will switch to using fat as fuel and will be more efficient at burning fat and calories. This diet trend has been linked to helping individuals achieve an increase in brain function.
3. Vegan Diet. Vegans do not consume any animal products or by-products. Since vegetables are low-density foods, you are filling your body up with foods that do not have a high calorie content so maintaining a healthy weight can be easier using a vegan diet, also you must be diligent to make sure you are getting a large variety of vitamins and minerals to prevent any nutritional deficiencies.
4. Flexitarian Diet. This diet resembles the vegan diet very closely in regards to being plant-based, but occasional chicken and meat is okay to eat every once in a while. Limited calories are consumed by eating mostly veggies, whole grains, fruit, and plant-based proteins.
5. Probiotic Rich Diet. The probiotic rich diet adds probiotic foods such as yogurt, kimchi, or kefir into the diet. Probiotic diets are great for people who suffer from internal inflammation or digestive problems.
6. Intermittent Fasting. Intermittent fasting starts at night at bedtime. You go all through the night fasting and then you delay breakfast for a few hours after you wake up. The time you fast can range from 12 to 20 hours. If you are new to fasting, add twelve hours to the time you go to bed and see if you are able to hold off on breakfast until that point. Intermittent fasting has been linked to helping the body regulate insulin which aids in weight loss and improved energy.
Before starting any new diet, always seek the advice of a certified nutritionist. Learn more about ASFA’s Advanced Sports Nutrition Certification by clicking the link below!