A survey of more than 200 registered dietitians, conducted by Pollock Communications, a health and wellness communications firm based in New York City, revealed five top diet and lifestyle trends that will “make news and be on consumers’ minds” in 2013.
Trend 1: Natural and simple meals with few ingredients are in. Low-fat and low-carb are out.
The focus is whole foods, fewer preservatives and processed foods. Although some low fat and low carb products are fine, read the label, as they may contain excessive sugar, salt and fat.
Trend 2: To lose weight or adapt a healthier lifestyle, more consumers will look to the wheat belly/gluten free approach, as well as commercial diet programs.
A Gluten free diet can really benefit those with specific medical conditions, such as celiac disease. Some choose to adapt the diet without a specific medical condition. The gluten-free approach doesn’t really benefit the general population. If anything a gluten free diet may be too limited and restrictive and the person without allergies will get frustrated. The gluten free diet is designed for individuals with celiac disease or gluten intolerance.
Regarding commercial diet programs, I encourage people to do what it takes for them to be successful with weight loss and health goals. Commercial programs provide education, accountability and support from others going through the same thing. Individuals motivate one another and since you pay for the program you are more likely to show up and follow it.