With 2019 coming to a close, we can’t help but reflect on all the trends that dominated this decade; particularly those targeted towards dieting. Some were terrible and some were plausible – but they still caught on and became a thing.
Discover our list of decade dominating diets below!
The juice cleanse is surprisingly a much older diet trend than you may think. In fact, its existence is traceable back to the 1990s and a guy called Peter Glickman who repackaged a 1940s diet called the ‘Master Cleanse’.
Today, similar juice cleanses are still being endorsed by everybody from Jane at the dog park to Blake Lively. These juice cleanses might even go by a slightly different name such as ‘juice detoxes’ or ‘detox drinks’.
The benefits of such a diet however lacks scientific evidence. If anything, fruit cleanses might be somewhat on the money only because they help some individuals get their daily 2&5 serves of fruits and vegetables where they otherwise wouldn’t. After all, decades of research does show that a balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables can protect against chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
It’s a high-fat, low-carb lifestyle that celebrities like Kourtney Kardarshian preach about.
This diet took social media by storm two to three years ago and despite not being as readily talked about today – it still has a high presence in some circles.
If you are going to tackle a keto diet, we do recommend looking it up on google first because it turns out there are four different types! According to Healthline, only the standard and high-protein ketogenic diets have been studied extensively and the cyclical or targeted ketogenic diets are more advanced methods, primarily used by bodybuilders or athletes.
It’s exactly what it sounds like. This diet consists of eating all meat and animal products. So get rid of the carbs, including fruits, vegetables, seeds, potatoes, legumes and nuts.
The Carnivore Diet gained traction around the same time as Keto took off. It first started with claims to helping cure “everything from rheumatoid arthritis to depression” but the scientific evidence to back these claims is lacking. However this has not stopped the diet gaining a large following within the Reddit community.
To go paleo, means to only eat what a caveman would eat. Makes sense right?
Oh, it doesn’t? Perhaps that’s why in 2013 the paleo diet was the most googled diet term.
Basically this diet means if it wasn’t hunted or gathered then it’s not something you can eat, hence this diet being coined ‘the caveman diet’.
But damn, there are still so many paleo cookbooks and blogs (some published 2019) out there which clearly show that the paleo diet is going strong even today.
Dubbed, ‘The Diet of 2019’ by The Economist, veganism has gained a lot of positive traction over the past year. It’s not a new diet, but with the release of documentaries like The Game Changers and a stronger focus on the environment it’s becoming increasingly popular.
I mean, we’ve all seen the increased availability of vegan friendly foods at our local supermarkets. Even alternate meats are on the rise!