What to expect from adopting a new diet in the new year

You’ve probably heard the saying, new year, new you, as the vast majority of us vow to make lifestyle changes for the better, in time for when New Year’s Day comes around.

Diet changes make up a large proportion of these annual pledges, with research from ComRes finding that over a third of resolutions focus on eating more healthily. This pursuit to live a healthier life often leads to introducing popular diet trends into our lifestyle, such as the paleo, keto or vegan diets, to name a few.

If you’re planning on adopting a new diet for the new year, we’ve offered up a few words of wisdom on what to expect when you first try out one of these popular diets in the new year.

7 of the top diet trends

We’ve seen plenty of popular diet trends, some that have stuck and others that were short-lived. The diets listed below, however, have taken the world by storm and are adopted by plenty of people looking to improve their health and lifestyle.

Paleo diet facts

The Paleolithic diet, commonly referred to as the caveman diet, consists of just foods that could have been hunted or gathered all those years ago. The focus of a paleo diet is to consume foods for their nutritional value as opposed to calorie counting, or macro tracking.

The typical paleo food shop consists of:

  • Grass fed meat
  • Poultry
  • Fish and seafood
  • Eggs
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Unrefined oils
  • Nuts and seeds

Any processed foods, including dairy and cereal products, as well as potatoes, are some of the foods that are cut out from a paleo diet.

Keto diet facts

The Ketogenic diet is a low carb, high fat diet, which causes the body to produce ketones that help to break down fats. Those who take on a keto diet are looking to burn fat quicker than they would with a regular, balanced diet.

Following a keto diet involves consuming lots of:

  • Meat and poultry
  • Eggs
  • Leafy greens
  • Full fat dairy
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Avocado
  • High fat oils and dressings

Please note: The ketogenic diet is a very restrictive plan that may have some negative effects on the body. For this reason, it is recommended to only follow a Keto diet (such as the Atkins diet) for a short period of time, due to the impact it could have on kidneys and potential for muscle loss over longer periods.  

Facts about Flexitarian, Vegetarian & Vegan diets

These three variations are probably the most common diets that people choose to take on, with flexitarian being the most recent of the three.

Whilst the vegan diet cuts out any animal products, including eggs and dairy, vegetarians choose to limit their restrictions to just meat and fish. Flexitarians follow a plant-based diet, whilst allowing themselves to eat animal products on occasion.

Facts about Dairy-free and Gluten-free diets

These modern diets have become extremely popular in recent times, particularly amongst those with inflammatory problems or gluten intolerances. The two diets are often combined, to reduce the symptoms of IBS.

Dairy and wheat based products are eliminated from these diets, however, there are now many dairy and wheat alternatives on the market, that allow those with intolerances to continue enjoying the same foods without being restricted.

Changes that stem from these new diets

Before taking on this new lifestyle, it’s worthwhile to gain an understanding of the effects of these diets. If you’re looking to take one any of these diets in the new year, there are number of changes to expect over time. You could experience each or some of these changes, or for some, none at all!

Diet Associated Changes
Paleo
  • Energised
  • Weight loss/Muscle growth
  • Improved digestion
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Stronger bones
  • Healthier skin, hair & nails
Keto
  • Weight loss
  • Feeling full for longer
  • Improved brain function
  • Reduced inflammation
  • Improved endurance performance
  • Improved energy levels
  • Improved cholesterol levels
  • Some negative changes include nausea, fatigue and cramp
Flexitarian
  • Weight loss
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Healthy cholesterol & blood pressure levels
Vegetarian
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Can improve heart health
  • Weight loss
  • Improved digestion
  • Mood boosting
Vegan
  • Healthy bones
  • Can improve heart health
  • Weight loss
  • Improved digestion
Dairy Free
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced bloat
  • Healthier skin
  • Improved digestion
  • Some negative changes could include poor bone health and bloating from dairy alternatives
Gluten Free
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Increased energy levels
  • Weight loss
  • Improved digestion

 

Of course, it’s important to be aware of the health risks of dieting and how adopting a new diet could leave you lacking in a number of key nutrients required as part of a healthy balanced diet. If you’re making plans to adopt a new diet in the new year, it’s vital that you take steps to ensure you are getting a good amount of key vitamins and minerals.

Our Wellman and Wellwoman vitamin supplements both contain a variety of essential nutrients to provide the ideal support your body needs throughout the day.

If you’re looking to make the move to a vegetarian diet, make sure your vitamin supplements are suitable for vegetarians before taking them. We also have a guide for our vegan supplements, too.

How to get your diet off to a new start

We understand how exciting it can be to kickstart a new routine and as soon as the Christmas celebrations come to an end, you’ll be eager to get moving with your new diet. However, it pays to do some research before you dive into this new lifestyle.

  • Take some time to gain a thorough understanding of the diet and what it entails
  • Find a number of staple foods that you can perhaps buy in advance
  • Discover what vitamins, if any, are commonly missed out on with the diet and stock up on vitamin supplements to make up for this
  • Create a weekly meal plan using popular recipes ahead of the first few weeks
  • Start a diary and make notes of how you feel in yourself and about your body

How to stay on track with your new diet

The hardest part about a New Year’s resolution for many, is sticking with it and seeing it through to the end of the year! The majority of resolutions do fail, but that doesn’t mean that your new diet has to, as well.

  • Update your diary regularly, with any positives about the diet and any recipes that you are particularly keen on
  • If your goal is to lose some weight with the new diet, take progress pictures every couple of months - you’ll see a much more dramatic difference than you would on a daily basis
  • Tell your friends and family about your new diet - they can support you and stop you from falling at the first hurdle
  • Join online groups or follow social influencers that are heavily involved with the diet - you’ll gather plenty of tips, tricks and new recipes to try out from like-minded people
  • Visit the Wellness Score every so often and see if/how these changes could be affecting your own individual wellness score

Keep in mind the reason you chose to adopt the new diet in the first place and know that, if it isn’t working, or if you’re not enjoying it, you don’t have to continue. With the right planning and preparation, you’ll be able to thoroughly your new diet and the perks that come with it over time.

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