It's a new year and a new decade and if you've decided it's time to overhaul your health, now's a great time to get started. Beginning to revamp your nutrition and lifestyle can be overwhelming. With so many options out there how do you know what will work best for you? Here we'll cover 6 of the top health trends for 2020 so you can see which one (or two) sounds like the best fit for you.
The Meditteranean Diet
U.S. News named the Mediterranean diet number for the third year in a row. The Mediterranean diet is more of a guideline of recommended foods rather than a strict outline or meal plan. The diet suggests getting most of your calories from veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and whole grains. Don't forget to use olive oils, fresh herbs and spices to add rich flavor to your foods. It also recommends fish and seafood a couple of times a week (at least) with poultry dairy and eggs used sparingly. If you must indulge in saturated fats, sugars or red meat it should be on a rare occasion.
Flexitarian and DASH Diets
The Flexitarian and DASH diets are similar to the Meditteranean, so it's no surprise that they tied for spot number #2 according to U.S. News. All three diets recommend a more plant-based approach to eating. Focusing on natural sources of nutrients rather than high-processed foods with preservatives and additives makes sense. The flexitarian diet is more of a vegetarian diet and encourages the consumption of animal products on an infrequent basis.
Another diet trend for 2020 is periodic fasting. While the data is still inconclusive for the most part, people are turning to intermittent fasting as a way to "reset." Some believe that by fasting for an extended period of time you force your body to begin using its fat stores for energy. Others state that fasting helps them curb their cravings. Some proponents say it is more of a mental game than anything. It is a sort of mind over matter challenge that may sound daunting until you try it. If you're worried you will end up stuffing yourself after your specific period of fasting is over, fear not. Many experts claim that feeling starved after a fast is just a myth.
The HCG Diet
If the thought of losing a pound a day sounds appealing, then the HCG diet may be for you. You may have seen Dr. Oz's report on the HCG Diet and how it works and maybe you wondered how you could get your hands on some HCG. One of the keys to success with this diet is working closely with a trusted medical professional. A trained and experienced medical professional can make sure you take correct dosages and eat the correct protocol to maximize your results and minimize risks. If you have questions about weight loss with HCG, contact a trusted medical professional for help.
CBD was all over the news in 2019 and 2020 stands to be a repeat. With the population leaning towards more natural ways to ease aches, pains and anxiety, CBD has become an overnight sensation. Some predict food manufacturers will begin offering foods that are fortified with CBD. We may see more of this in 2020 if manufacturers can find a way to do so in line with the FDA's strict regulations. With claims that CBD can boost metabolism and improve overall health, we expect to see more CBD products in 2020.
We all know we need to get more sleep. Sleep is key to proper brain functioning and body restoration but still many of us are severely sleep-deprived. Studies indicate that people who suffer from poor sleep habits are less productive and perform more poorly when it comes to decision making and problem-solving. Tired workers are even thought to be more irritable and less likely to control their emotions than their well-rested counterparts. With so many benefits to good sleep, how do we solve the problem? Naps. That's right, naps may be the answer. It's possible all of us need to channel our inner preschooler and take time each afternoon for a power nap. Nap Bars are even starting to pop up around town. Who knows? A little siesta might be just what we all need.
Resolutions are destined to fail if you jump in too fast. Take your time and research some of these options to see what you can fit into your lifestyle. Pick small steps to begin with and add to it as you become more familiar with the changes. Before you know it you'll be a healthy, slim, well-rested, plant-based loving pro.
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