Top 5 Diet Trends For 2019

Every dietitian seems to promote their own unique style of dieting. Some say that you should eat more protein, others say you should eat more carbohydrates, and one even says that you should stop dieting altogether. Like it or love it, those trends are here to stay.

It also seems as if dieting is on the menu for yet another year. People begin making resolutions when we get close to the end of the year. This is seen in many different areas, including the health arena. People are interested in seeing what the latest fads in diet and nutrition are, and predicting which trendss will take off.

Even the U.S. News & World Report has gotten involved. They ranked the ppular diets of the day in their annual report recently, and the Mediterranean diet came out on top. It can be difficult to say what is going to stay and what will go, but here are a few trends that might just pop up on your radar in 2019.

Gut health

According to Mindy Haar, PhD, the Dean of undergraduate affairs at New York Institute of Technology School of Health Professionals, gut health is going to continue to be popular. "In 2019, more individuals will seek their probiotics from fermented food and drink such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and kombucha tea,” Haar told Healthline. “Since high-fiber foods act as prebiotics fueling probiotic growth, there are now more reasons to consume fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes.” Whole Foods also chimed in with their top 2019 prediction. They said that shelf-stable probiotics, including pastas and nut butters, will be another trend to watch.

Plant proteins

According to some health experts, 2019 will see an upsurge of popularity in plant protein. It comes about as a result of environmental and ethical concerns about the animal food industry, and an abundance of new plant-based food options on the market. More people are going to be eating fewer animal proteins or perhaps even switching to a plant-based diet. More options will be available, including bean pastas, tofu, quinoa burgers and more.

Intermittent Fasting

Perhaps the hottest diet trend for 2019 has nothing to do with one particular type of food, and that's the beauty of it. Beth Auguste, RD, a registered dietitian nutritionist from Philadelphia, is looking for intermittent fasting to become much more popular in 2019. "It’s easy to follow,” Auguste said. “It doesn’t require restriction of any specific foods, so it will not hinder your ability to eat away from home.” There have been positive results seen in certain studies associated with weight maintenance. You do need to be cautious, however, because fasting can have an impact on your hormones. Women who are nearing menopause will see the best results from intermittent fasting, but if you are pregnant or nursing, you should avoid it.

Keto diet

This was an eating plan that was quite popular in 2018 and it will continue to hold that title. But Rachel Fine, a registered dietitian from New York City, says that caution needs to be taken when it comes to the Keto diet. "Manipulating a state of ketosis is not recommended without the supervision of a doctor,” she said. High-fat diets can work well for weight loss and management, but they don't increase burning fats. "Rather than manipulating fat burn via the diet, conditioning exercise and training is the best way to increase the body’s fat burn,” she said, adding that people need both carbs and fats in their diets for optimal weight management.

Hemp

Cannabis and cannabidiol will continue to be a trend in 2019, according to Mirna Sharafeddine, RHN, and Jenni Bourque, RHN, nutritionists from Canada. A number of food products can be made from hemp, including hemp seed oil and hemp seeds. The anti-inflammatory effects of the substance are often noted as a primary benefit. Whole Foods also listed hemp as a top food trend for the coming year. "Hemp hearts, seeds, and oils are nothing new to food and body care lovers — they’re in everything from waffle mix to dried pastas,” the company stated. “But a new interest in the potential benefits stemming from other parts of hemp plants has many brands looking to explore the booming cannabis biz.”