If 2015 is the year you promised yourself you’d run a marathon, lose that gut, or reverse your pre-diabetes, we’ve got the kick in the ass you need to get these goals on track. To help you start eating the right foods and working out for your body, we’ve stacked up this year’s biggest trends in diet and fitness so you can find the perfect combination for you.
The Caveman Diet is still going strong. Popularized by Paleolithic nutrition expert Loren Cordain with his book “The Paleo Diet” in 2002, this diet advocates eating like our ancestors did about 10,000 ago, a time before processed foods and the ailments junk food caused. To go full-on primal is to eat mostly meat, seafood, vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds and some oils. Carbohydrates are limited, so this means little to no grains, beans, and certainly no modern-day processed foods. Dairy is also a no-no, but some Paleos eat butter, even though it’s not really Paleo. According to U.S. News and World Report, it breaks down to about 38% protein, 39% fat and 23% carbs.
Bottom line: Paleo is worth a shot if you’re looking to lose weight and reverse modern day health problems, like diabetes. These benefits are probably mostly due to the elimination of refined sugars and processed foods. You can reap the most from this diet if you follow the organic/pasture-raised mantra. People with ailments like kidney problems should probably proceed with caution or just skip it.
Maybe you can’t imagine a reality without the occasional steak, but these plant-eaters swear this style of eating is the key to health. These herbivores don’t just cut out the red meat, either. They eschew all animal products, like meat, dairy, eggs, and even honey. Think lots of beans, grains, fruit and veggies. Many typically meat-containing dishes are made vegan with soy substitutes like tofu. Being free of animal products is really the only rule, meaning that those double chocolate brownies – provided they are dairy and egg-free- are totally acceptable.