Weight Loss Trends For 2013

Every new year brings with it new ways to lose weight and 2013 will be no different. While many people still rely on prescription diet pills like phentermine there are still some of the crazy alternative diets like the paleo diet and HCG diet, but with a new year comes new promise and maybe one of the weight loss trends in 2013 may just actually become the one that helps you lose weight.

DNA Based

In 1990, the U.S. Department of Energy and the National Institutes of Health started the Human Genome Project, with the goal of identifying and sequencing all of the genes in human DNA.

The information they acquired thrilled a field called nutrigenomics, which studies how nutrients affect the way our genes express themselves and how our genes manipulate the way nutrients are metabolized. Companies are now using this information to recommend diet plans tailored to your specific genes. In other words, they claim that by using a diet that works best for your body, you’ll finally see results.

How's it work? You order an at-home genetic testing kit from a company like Interleukin Genetics or DNAlysis, swab your cheek, and then send the tissue sample back to the company. They analyze it for markers on specific genes that research shows are most likely tied to weight and metabolism. Within a couple of weeks you’ll receive a diet prescription that will supposedly work best for your body, such as low fat, low carb, or low GI.

Fruitarianism

Practitioners of this diet attempt to get at least 75 percent of their calories from raw fruit. The

last 25 percent is made up of other food that would fall naturally from a plant (nuts, seeds, and vegetables), coconut water, and oil. Although fruitarianism has been around for

decades, it’s recently gained popularity among elite athletes, one of whom, Michael Arnstein, founded the Woodstock Fruit Festival, a weeklong event in upstate New York for die-hard Fruitarians, last year.

High Fiber

A high-fiber diet consists of eating 25-38 grams of fiber per day. But that doesn’t mean you have free reign to go crazy with carbs. A fiber-rich diet allows carbohydrates, but discourages processed carbs where fiber is lost. The emphasis is on fruits, veggies, and whole grains for fiber needs, in addition to lean protein.

Calorie Shifting

Calorie shifting can theoretically be applied to any diet, and basically means that day to day intake of calories will vary. First a weekly calorie allowance for weight loss is calculated, then this is divided into uneven amounts to create a calorie intake goal for each day of the week, for example rather than consuming a limit of 2000 calories per day, you may consume 1200 calories one day and 2800 the next. The idea is to ensure that you don’t go over the weekly allowance, and keep daily intake as different as possible, for example one day you may eat three small meals, and the next you may add in two snacks to increase your intake.

As with anything related to losing weight you should consult your doctor before trying any new diet plan or exercise program.

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