From protein-based plans to at-home workouts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan dietitian, Shanthi Appelö gives us her fad diet prediction for 2021, and how ‘health companies’ are using the pandemic as a way to make their weight-loss programs.
One of the good things to look forward to in 2021 is the increase in plant-based programs that encourage meat alternatives like peas and beans. “Plant-forward or flexitarian are the buzzwords,” said Shanthi. “Basically, they mean you primarily follow a vegetarian diet but occasionally include fish or meat”. She predicts that this trend will be very popular amongst the younger part of the population, especially millennials.
COVID-19 inspired diets that promise to boost your immunity are in great demand at the moment. The diets focus on a large intake of vitamin C, iron, and vitamin D. But, Shanthi warns that doing it in a ‘pill’ form may not do the trick. She recommends eating foods that are rich in vitamins.
With the pandemic in mind, another trend is at-home meal kits.
Most importantly, Shanthi says to beware of diets that are food restrictive based. She encourages us to ask ourselves the following when considering a diet plan.
- Does it promise a quick fix or make bold claims? If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
- Does the diet eliminate food groups? All food groups have important nutrients, and a diet that is too restrictive is a warning sign.
- Can this diet translate to a lifestyle that you see yourself doing for the next year or the rest of your life? Are you able to eat things your family will be eating?
Be sure to consult your doctor before starting any new diet and/or fitness routine.
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