Planning a diet in 2019?

January 13th 2019
By: Melanie Hollidge
Planning a diet in 2019?

January is one of the most popular times of the year to go on a diet. But beginning with some lifestyle choices in your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford kitchen rather than a fad diet could be the best move. That way some of those choices become habits and support a lifelong change through tangible, achievable strategies rather than a crash diet that spirals you straight back to old habits. 

The best lifestyle diets to try this year, according to a Registered Dietitian Jaclyn London are; the Mediterranean Diet, the DASH Diet and the Volumetrics diet. 

The Mediterranean diet really is a lifestyle and it’s all about enjoying meals in company and savouring each flavoursome quality item including cheeses and desserts, alongside making time for plenty of physical activity, which is easy to do in Chigwell, Woodford or Loughton with Epping Forest on your doorstep.

The DASH Diet which stands for "Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension," can be both an overall healthier style of eating and offer weight loss. The predominant protein sources encouraged are poultry, pork, and seafood, with an emphasis on omega-3 filled fatty fish, like tuna, sardines, and salmon. It’s high in potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which counterbalance the effects of sodium, to promote better heart health, and help prevent hypertension.

The Volumetrics Diet relies quite simply on eating more vegetables and fruit, essentially getting more calories from plant-based foods filled with fibre and lots of water. This approach to eating "more produce" works by displacing calories from other foods, making you feel both full and satisfied.

Even if you are not planning to follow any particular diet in your Chigwell, Loughton or Woodford home it can still be good to simply think more vegetables, more often. That thought process helps you combine some of the great things about all the above eating plans.