In Malaysia, summer is a year-round season that occasionally makes room for storms – but for the most part, we’re seeing sun-drenched days. Everyone’s been obsessing over new diets lately. Well guess what? The latest diet trends combine healthy, sustainable plans that are as good for the planet as they are for the body. The popular diets below are almost guaranteed to keep you looking great all year round.
Fresh and Local
This may be a given but the biggest trend this year is cutting processed foods out of your diet for good. By focusing on fresh foods, you get the maximum nutrition for minimal calories. Buying more local produce can help save the planet and help your community. By buying local, you get to support your local economy and reduce carbon emissions at the same time.
Additionally, in buying your own food, you’re setting yourself up to eat in, which saves money. Many of the latest diet trends require you to buy and prepare your own foods. Eating in is a health trend on its own but one that doesn’t get enough attention. Not only are meals made at home much healthier and less expensive, but you know what’s in them. By cooking more, you can become more familiar with what nutrients are in foods. This leads to making smarter choices when eating out.
Coconut and Watermelon
With the current, intense popularity of coconut, people are beginning to look at foods in new ways. Watermelons are now available year-round as antioxidant rich watermelon juice. Some companies are even selling watermelon seeds as a new healthy snack. Many food products that were once overlooked or restricted to a small corner of the world are becoming global trends.
The “Flexitarian” Diet
Out of all the latest diet trends, this may be the easiest. The “flexible vegetarian” diet is rising in popularity. With this diet, you increase the number of vegetable and fruit servings while decreasing anything that comes from animals. However, unlike the traditional vegetarian diet meat isn’t banned. The guiding principle of the flexitarian diet is simple: eat more plants, eat less meat.
Switch from DASH to MIND
The DASH diet is one of the latest diet trends to know. The MIND diet takes everything that is perfect about the DASH diet and combines it with the Mediterranean diet. Both place focus on both “slow food” and plant-based meals. However, MIND places restrictions on “bad” foods such as pastry and dairy, it doesn’t ask you to cut them out.
MIND stands for “Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay.” In short, this is a diet plan that will keep your mind and body sharp even as you age. It’s a long-term solution that gives you short term results, too. In the short term, you can use the MIND diet plan as an easy way to cut out processed foods and calories. In the long term, it can help boost energy levels and stave off dementia for good.
People are beginning to realize that accountability programs are what they need to reach their weight loss and fitness goals. Some people prefer to stay accountable by teaming up with a friend through an app. Others get a boost from fitness classes. Some still require the expert guidance of a personal trainer or nutritionist. Having an expert or mentor on your side can help you achieve results faster. It can also make things easier by reducing the stress of working at a goal on your own.
Prep to Stay Ahead of the Game
Willpower is a depletable resource. You have the most of it early in the morning but by the time dinner rolls around your willpower is close to zero. Prepping your meals ahead of time is preferable. Chopping vegetables is the last thing you want to do when you get home from work. If that’s true, this could be the perfect solution to your diet troubles.
All you need to do is devote a few spare hours to cooking once a week. There are many meal plans and ideas online that you could use. If you would prefer a custom solution, you could make your own plan or hire someone to do it for you. Once prep is complete, all it takes is a few minutes to heat up whenever you need a healthy meal.
Though these are just trends, many of them can keep you fit for your entire life. They are all based on solid research. These latest diet trends can keep you healthy without keeping you from the foods you enjoy most.
Kickstart your healthy lifestyle by omitting bad foods such as fried meals and sugary stuff, and start eating clean! Try to squeeze in some form of exercise too. If you need assistance, our personal trainers will be glad to help! In fact, you’ll get your first session FREE when you apply the promo code FIT150 before 7th July 2017.
Guest Author: Sonya Matejko is a health blogger who has written for the Huffington Post, Elite Daily, Thought Catalog and more.