I am pretty sure that given the excellent job being done by the food processing industry and their marketing departments, girth has become one of the primary physical measurements beyond height and weight.

It’s totally okay if you’re sniggering at the “girth” bit. What would life be without campy humor anyway?

But in all seriousness, you DO get my drift. We’ve been becoming fatter and fatter.

Another amazing feat of marketing is to make us feel inadequate.

Greek god bodies are the benchmark for you.

Regardless of the fact that some of the poster boys of optimal physical being, Usain Bolt, Michael Phelps, David Beckham spent all day and night training (about the same time as our butts spend in contact with cushions), you’re given a thousand cues that the holy grail would be to look like them.

Combining both with the well advertised negative impacts of having more fat than you should, results in the battle cry (less battle, more cry) of “I NEED to lose weight”.

So eat healthy, eat in moderation, eat well, work out, and you’ll lose weight.

Right?

Hell no! That won’t do.

WHO has the time & discipline to follow sane advice?

You need a quick fix. You need to lose X kgs, and you needed it done yesterday!

Let’s bring on a diet! The miracle juice cleanses, the “eating like a caveman” diet and the keto.

But which one to choose from?

Do you give up carbs? Or do you eat only an animal a day?

Refuse anything that is not grown by virgins on virgin soil and irrigated with angel tears?

Worry not. Here you’ll find collated, a list of expected-to-dominate diet trends for 2019. Also included are the pros & cons for each.

Take an informed decision, and do tell how well it worked!

Diet Trends – Intermittent Fasting

As the name suggests, Intermittent Fasting (IF) means periods of not eating spaced by periods where you do.

There are multiple ways to go about IF. You could go one day on, one day off. You could eat for 8 hours and not consume anything for 16. You could go 5 days of eating and 2 days of none. Another variant being 12 on and 12 off

Which one do you choose?

Honestly, it’s anyone’s guess. There is no exhaustive scientific research to back up, or trash this diet.

However, near all religions and cultures have fasting as one of their common themes.

Given the unsteady supply of food that our ancient ancestors faced, and us carrying around the same genes, meant that modern humans had a tendency to fill up as much as they could at every meal.

Difference being that mealtime for our ancestors came maybe once a week, however for a lot of modern humans it meant thrice (or more) a day.

So someone had to step in and stop us from eating too much. Use the fear of God to keep us healthy.

Regardless, it makes sense to eat only as much as you require, and maybe lesser, in case you have stored more in your body than is good.

How you go about it would differ from person to person, from culture to culture and from food type to food type.

The best way to choose would be to talk to an able nutritionist, and LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.

Give it time to recover from constantly digesting chow.

And if you’re the overzealous type, don’t starve it to the point of adverse effects.

Diet Trends – Ketogenic Diet

The original ketogenic diet was meant to control seizures in severely epileptic kids. However, it was found to have had a positive impact on people with type-2 diabetes, on people who had some neurological disorders and on those who were obese.

In a ketogenic diet you reduce the consumption of carbs drastically and switch to eating mostly (good) fats and moderate amounts of protein.

The body eventually shifts from burning carbs as a source of energy to burning fat. Thereby reducing the chubb you’ve stored in your body.

Thing is, it’s not an easy diet to follow. Especially if you have either grown up in a carb centric food culture or are a vegetarian / vegan.

Even for most hardcore meat consumers eating only meat, fat and veggies gets pretty hard to sustain in the long term.

In a country like India, where most sub-cultures are vegetarian or moderate meat consumption centric, finding food options (unless you carry your food everywhere), are hard to find.

And the thing with the ketogenic diet is, unless you follow it a 100%, it doesn’t work.

As mentioned earlier, it’s been found to be pretty effective in the short term, and if you think you can handle a very restricted diet, catch up with your doctor once to check for its suitability, and give it a shot

Diet Trends – Juice cleanses

These have been popular for a while, and seem to have resurfaced in popularity of-late.

Though the verdict of most professional and sensible people on these is unanimous.

Juice cleanses are …

WHY on earth would you take out all the fiber from a fruit, keep all the sugar intact, and drink ONLY that for a fair while?

That’s just about as terrible as it gets. Better than eating only junk food for survival, but that’s not saying much, is it?

Drink a juice with its easily digestible sugar and the body releases a load of insulin to manage the sugar dump. Some gets used for immediate energy needs, and most of it gets stored as fat.

There are just very few better invitations for type-2 diabetes really.

Also, missing out on other macro nutrients, you’d probably be better off fasting.

Diet Trends – Mediterranean Diet

Straight up, this one makes a lot of sense. It’s based on the wholesome healthy eating habits of people living in Italy & Greece, in the pre-junk food era

The base of this diet primarily comprises of loads of vegetables, whole fruits, legumes, white meat, limited poultry, limited dairy and healthy fats.

Desserts are limited (if possible, to fruits) and alcohol is limited to small quantities of wine (if at all).

Basically lots of fiber and a balanced macro-nutrient profile make the base of this diet. It is varied, sustainable and healthy.

So unless you’re allergic to constituents of this diet, get into a little bit of research (here is a good place to start) and give it a go!

Though as always, check with your doctor before making massive alterations to what goes into your system.

Diet Trends – The Verdict

There are an insane number of diet trends that will come and go. It is in human nature to find quick fixes for everything, and dieting is a part of that trait.

In fact the crazier the diet, the quicker is the usual fix promised.

Though as is the case with most quick fixes, they’re not sustainable and can cause more harm than good in the medium to long term.

The best way to eat is to be mindful of what you’re putting in your body.

If it comes in a plastic pack, it usually is processed to appeal to your taste buds and not your health.

If it is being produced for commercial consideration, again, it’ll probably only be good for your taste buds, and nothing else.

Try and eat mostly non-processed and fresh. Eat seasonal. Eat organic where possible. Try and keep a balance in what you eat. Some carbs, some protein, some good fats, and from time to time even some dessert.

Keep up the fiber and water intake as much as possible. Exercise moderation in portion sizes.

These basic rules should form a solid base of a healthy diet (for most people) that not only keeps fat levels in check but also makes it sustainable in the long run.