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With the old year done and over with, you may be turning your attention to the bright future of the new year. New Years is an excellent time for people to evaluate where they are in life and determine what changes they can make to ensure that they are living the best life possible for themselves. For many, this means considering their weight and health. A new year can mean a new you. With all of the new fitness trends and diets cropping up, however, you may not be sure which are worth your time. As such, this article will go over three popular diets and all you need to know about them.

1. The Keto Diet

The ketogenic diet, at its heart, is a low-carb and high-fat diet. There have been numerous studies conducted on the diet that have proven that you can lose a good amount of weight while on the diet. They have also shown that you can improve your health while on the diet. Perhaps the most popular brand that has capitalized on this form of diet is the Atkins diet. The goal is to kickstart your metabolism and have your body efficiently burn fat for energy. Since you aren't taking in as many carbs and sugar, it can decrease your blood sugar and insulin levels. For many, this comes with significant health improvements.

There are a few different types of keto diets. The standard includes a low-carb, moderate-protein, and high-fat plan. The cyclical ketogenic diet involves periods in which two days are given for high-carb consumption followed by five days of low-carb consumption. Targeted ketogenic diets allow you to add in carbs after workouts. Finally, the high-protein ketogenic diet places an emphasis on higher protein consumption while maintaining low-carbs.

Because of its variation, it allows people to choose the diet that works best for their needs. For those who are looking to use weight, then the standard diet should be the one to follow. For those who want to lose weight but also gain some muscle, then you may want to try the high-protein ketogenic diet. So, make your keto beginner grocery list and start on your low-carb diet now!

2. The Mediterranean Diet

A popular diet has arisen from the Mediterranean. Considering that those who live in this area suffer less from cancer and tend to live longer, too, many scientists have examined their diet to see if a solution may reside within the food. The emphasis on this diet is more so how much you eat rather than what you eat. Although there is a slight emphasis on less red meat, sugar, and saturated fat and an emphasis instead of weight control and an active lifestyle. Some of the food staples involved in the diet are whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, herbs, spices, and nuts.

3. The DASH Diet

Perhaps you've never heard of the DASH diet. It stands for "dietary approaches to stop hypertension" and is thus supported by those who seek improvement for heart health. This diet places an emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and wants you to reduce your intake of dairy and fatty meats. This diet can be well-balanced and thus can be followed for the rest of your life. In addition, you'll want to limit your intake of sodium. It's easy to get started with the DASH diet by substituting their recommended foods more and more with your meals until you're following the diet exactly. With plenty of dishes to create, you won't run the risk of losing interest in the diet.

Better Food Better Health

Health can largely be affected by what you choose to eat. These diets all rest around improving your health as well as your weight. Try one of these diets as you welcome the first weeks of the new year.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

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