Top Diets from the Past Decade

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There are so many options available today when it comes to dieting. A few are gaining in popularity at unprecedented rates and some have stood the test of time. We thought we would take a closer look at some of the most popular diets over the last ten years.

Keto

Over the last few years one of the most Googled searches was “What is keto?” So, it goes without saying that the ketogenic diet makes the top of our list.

What is the ketogenic diet?

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet where people typically get 70-80% of their daily calories from fat. When your body sees a drastic reduction in carbohydrates, it enters a state called ketosis. Even though the keto diet has gained massive traction in recent years, it has been around for a long time. The keto diet has been used to manage to certain medical conditions, like epilepsy, for decades.

Think it’s all bacon and cheese? It can be, but vegetarians and vegans are jumping on the keto train too!

How does Cronometer support your ketogenic lifestyle? We are thrilled you asked! Click here to learn how to best use your Cronometer account while on the keto diet! We even offer a keto nutrition score for those on our gold subscription, giving you a % grade for how well you’re hitting your keto goals.

Mediterranean Diet

Have you ever heard of the “Blue Zones”? It’s the grouping of the regions of the world where people are reported to live the longest (many reaching 90+). With the never ending search for the fountain of youth it’s no surprise that adopting the eating habits of these areas is becoming popular practice.

What is the Mediterranean diet?

This diet is rich in olive oil, fish, nuts, legumes, vegetables and fruits. While there isn’t a singular definition of the diet it does have support in the medical community for its reported heart healthy benefits!

How can Cronometer support your Mediterranean diet? The best way is to maximize the data available to you by choosing generic listings of the whole foods you’re eating. To do this simply perform a text-based search for the item you ate and then choose listings from the NCCDB database. This database has complete nutrient profiles so you’ll get a much clearer picture about your nutrition.

Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent Fasting, commonly referred to as IF, has really been stealing the limelight lately! This way of eating is less about what you’re eating and focuses more on when you eat. It can fit into almost any lifestyle – and is super popular amongst the keto community – because you choose your eating window and your fasting window.

Benefits are touted for transcending weight loss and are reported to help manage illness like diabetes!

What is Intermittent Fasting?

Intermittent Fasting is limiting the time you consume food to a particular period of the day. The options are plentiful:

Twice a Week Method, 5:2

This version of IF is all about eating normally for five days of the week and then limiting your calorie consumption to 500 calories or less the remaining two days.

Alternate Day Fasting

This one is pretty clear given it’s name; eat normally (and healthfully) one day and then consume 0-500 calories the next. It’s a more advanced step up from the 5:2 method.

Time Restricted, 16:8 or 14:10

With these options you limit your eating window to certain hours of the day. For example, with the 16:8 you could eat from 8:30 am – 4:30 pm and then fast the remaining 16 hours of the day. Some people practice 20:4 or even 23:1 where they limit their food intake to one meal a day (OMAD). This practice is very fluid because you choose when you want to eat!

Cronometer supports intermittent fasting through our Gold Subscription. If you would like to test-drive this feature, send us an email and we would be delighted to set you up with a trial!

Vegan

Plant-based diets aren’t new but with the emergence of popular documentaries they are ever increasing in popularity! Today you can find alternatives for meats and dairy in just about any grocery store!

What is a vegan diet?
Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products, particularly in the diet. It excludes meat, eggs, dairy products and all animal derived ingredients including things like honey.

Most people in the vegan community that have joined Cronometer want to make sure they aren’t experiencing any deficiencies in their diets and use the app to make sure they are meeting all their nutritional needs!

By upgrading to our gold subscription, you can use Oracle Food Suggestions with the vegan filter to gather ideas on which foods will help you hit your targets.

Paleo

The paleo diet has been around for way longer than a decade and might actually be one of the oldest diets. It feels a lot like the mediterranean diet but limits the consumption of grains.

What is the Paleo Diet?

The paleo diet (short for palaeolithic) and emphasizes a diet that could be obtained in the past by our hunter gatherer ancestors. The paleo diet limits foods that became common when farming emerged about 10,000 years ago.

This diet aims at eating predominantly whole foods and focuses on nutrient density.

Nutrition information has come a long way in the last ten years, and with more and more people focusing on their nutrition as one of their health practices we cannot wait to see what the next ten has in store!

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