The Popular Diet Trends of 2014

Are you regretting indulging in that extra piece of fruit cake?  Is that extra serving of holiday ham holding onto your hips as well as your thoughts?  The good news is that you are not alone.  Most of us eat too much over the holidays, and most of us eat the wrong types of food.  It is important not to beat yourself up over this.  There are simple ways to get your diet started and meet your resolutions for the new year.Salad

The first step is getting yourself right in the kitchen.  A healthy diet is crucial in losing weight and staying healthy.  There are all sorts of creative and unusual diets out there.  Some are great for weight loss and some are not.  2014 was a year that offered many new creative diets that promised weight loss.  Check out these most searched diets of this past year, maybe one of them will work for your weight loss goals.

The Okinawa Diet

Japanese people are sometimes known for their healthy meals and their longevity.  You too may be able to reap the health benefits of a Japanese lifestyle.  The Okinawa diet emphasizes moderation and healthy foods like fresh vegetables, whole grains and fatty fish.  This diet de-emphasizes sweets and saturated fats.  If you are a fan of Japanese cuisine, this diet may be good for your weight loss resolutions.

The Ketogenic Diet

This diet champions high protein and high fat foods.  It restricts intake of all sugar and refined carbohydrates.  The ketogenic diet was originally created as a treatment for patients with chronic epilepsy.  While this diet became increasingly popular this past year, it is recommended that followers of this diet should be monitored by health care professionals to make sure they are eating correctly for their overall health.

The Master Cleanse Diet

The master cleanse diet was searched for quite a bit in 2014, but it is not healthy.  It is not recommended that anyone try this extreme and unhealthy type of diet.  This diet restricts all solid foods and substitutes them for a concoction of water, maple syrup, lemon juice and other liquids.  Your body needs diverse quality fresh foods; surviving on liquids alone can lead you to the hospital.  Avoid this type of diet at all costs.

The Mediterranean Diet

This diet champions fresh foods from the Mediterranean region of the world.  It emphasizes polyunsaturated fats and fresh produce.  A recent study showed positive health results for women who participated in the study.  The Mediterranean diet may lead to improved health but it is important to remember to eat the right type of food and always in moderation.

 

Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.

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