5 to try: Diet trends

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We bring you the skinny on how the world is losing weight this year.

Some dieters want to lose weight, some just want to feel more alive, and some desperately need to shed pounds in order to avoid serious health issues such as diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure. A few of these diets may be old school but they’ve been making a strong comeback this year and there’s a reason - the world is more clued up than ever before on how our diet is strongly linked to our health, and Doha is jumping firmly on board.

22-Day Vegan Challenge
Popularised by Beyoncé and Jay-Z, who embarked on the challenge at the end of last year, the 22-day vegan challenge is already proving a hit among the weight-conscious in the region. Developed by exercise physiologist Marco Borges, the vegan challenge (meat and dairy-free) is based on the premise than it takes 21 days to make or break a habit (though there is some dispute over this ‘fact’).

Alkaline diet
This trendy diet has been championed by the likes of Victoria Beckham, and is by no means new, but the alkaline way of eating looks set to be popular over the next 12 months. The Honestly Healthy Alkaline Programme was devised by nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson and organic chef Natasha Corrett, and is based on the idea that as our bodies have a slightly alkaline composition, eating mainly alkaline foods (ideally 80 percent) helps keep things in order. Alkaline foods include fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, while acidic ones include products containing white flour, dairy, meat, fish, coffee, fizzy drinks and sugar.

DIY juicing
Supplementing a diet low in nutrients with fresh juices, or embarking on a liquid-only juice detox is no new concept when it comes to weight loss, but the trend is already seeing a boom in the region this year for health reasons, too. We’ve even got a few local companies getting in on the action, like Anima Lounge and Raw ME, who respectively have launched a new ‘Drink Your Salad’ concept in their art café and distribute packages with a variety of fresh juices throughout the city to those wanting to try a three- to five-day detox.

Metabolism Miracle diet
Created by Diane Kress, this eating programme claims that up to 50 percent of dieters fail to lose the weight they want to because they have a different metabolism to everyone else. Like many of last year’s most popular diets, the three-step plan focuses on lean protein and vegetables, and ditching refined sugars and carbohydrate in the first two steps. Currently, there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that such a thing as an alternative metabolism exists, though many studies have shown that reducing carbohydrate intake can lead to weight loss.

DASH diet
This popular diet isn’t a new fad by any means but for the fourth year running it’s come up on top of a renowned review of 32 diets around the world, conducted by US News. DASH – which unoriginally stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension – is fairly normal in comparison to the others listed here and is actively promoted by the US-based National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. It champions a healthy Mediterranean-like diet that includes poultry, fish, whole grains, nuts, seeds, legumes, vegetables and fruits, as well as low fat dairy products, and slashes sodium to help combat high blood pressure. It has been clinically proven to work and also falls in line with those dietary recommendations that combat osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes – all of the biggest killers in the world.

So 2013…

• Eating like a caveman on the Paleo diet
• Fasting two days a week on the 5:2 diet
• Going mad for meat on the Dukan diet

By Time Out Doha staff
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