Keto. Paleo. Vegan.
If you haven't heard or tried one of these diets, then you've been living under a rock. In today's fitness space, diet trends have been gaining traction and continue to do so. Diets exist for a reason, everyone is searching for the new diet that's going to be the one. The truth is, they all have great elements. However, most of them lack the balance needed to sustain a healthy relationship with food long term.
There are obvious reasons a diet can work for any particular person. The diet itself can be motivating, thus helping you reach your goals. Current diet trends seem to bring together a form of community, people can thrive through community and relationship.
We are targeted, don't fall for it. Marketers use existing science that the diet is backed by and manipulates this bit of science to make you think that it is the best and only diet for you. While there are general connections you can make, nutrition is extremely individual.
Say someone decides to make change with their nutrition and lose fifty pounds. They have done so through the Ketogenic Diet. Therefore, they now have identified that the Keto diet is what allowed them to reach their goal. Unfortunately, what most people don't realize is that when you go from the average American diet, any structured nutrition plan will leave you in a calorie deficit. This does not make Keto the ultimate diet.
Then again, who am I to say one thing or another about a diet that has potentially increased your health and quality of life. However, I do feel like it is important we analyze all these diets and take something from each one of them to create a balanced routine. It seems many communities form within these diet trends and become dogmatic about all others that don't align with their own nutritional values.
It's obvious something good can be learned from all these popular diet trends. It's equally as important to approach nutrition with an open mind and find what works best for you.
I'd love to hear about your experience with any of these current or past diet trends.