The Best New Diets of 2017

Dieting is undoubtedly the most common New Year’s resolution that people make year after year.  Some people go for old standby diets like low-carb, while others look for the cutting edge of weight loss plans to jump-start their new year.  Not all diets are equal, however.  Some totally miss the mark, or even backfire and ultimately cause weight gain.  So, if you’re looking to try something new but don’t want to fall victim to one of the dud diets, look no further.  Here we’ve compiled some of the new trendy diets of 2017 that actually do what they’re meant to do.  Keep reading to see the best new diets of 2017.

  1. The 17 Day Diet

There’s no better way to start off 2017 than with a diet whose name even coincides with the year.  In fact, everything about this diet has to do with the number 17.  It seems kitschy, but it makes the facets of the diet easy to remember and implement.  The idea behind the diet is that the body adjusts to any new diet or exercise routine within 17 days of starting that routine.  And, that means your metabolism also gets comfortable with the new routine, and slows down after 17 days.  In order to defeat the inevitable plateau, this diet gives you a new cycle to follow every 17 days, keeping your metabolism on its metaphorical toes.

Why This Diet Works:

It may seem like the number 17 is just an arbitrary gimmick, but there are a lot of great components to this diet to consider.  First of all, it doesn’t completely cut out whole food groups, unlike many strict diets that are difficult to follow.  There are some limits, like not eating fruit or starches after 2 pm, but you get to eat a lot of Greek yogurt and a homemade no-sugar-added cookie for breakfast.  Secondly, eating a homemade breakfast is a great way to start the day and get more connected with your mornings.  And, this plan only requires 17 minutes of exercise per day, which is extremely doable and makes getting consistent exercise a lot easier.  So, with a combination of smart eating, consistency, and reasonable exercise, this plan is a winner.

  1. DASH Diet

This diet isn’t exactly new, but it’s not very common among the trendy dieting crowd.  It’s a mystery as to why, considering this diet has won the “Best Diet” award from the U.S. News & World Report – seven years in a row.  Perhaps its gradual weight loss is what turns most people away, but when it comes to dieting, it’s better to be the consistent tortoise than the sporadic hare.  This diet also is designed to combat high blood pressure more than fat (the acronym stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension”).

Why This Diet Works:

Because this system of eating involves emphasizing fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy while avoiding sweets and red meat, you do have a high chance of losing a significant amount of fat.  This is true especially if you’re already moderately overweight.  And, since the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, or NHLBI, advocates for this diet and publishes free guides on the plan, you can kick-off this diet with a lot of helpful materials and advice.

  1. Eat to Live Diet

This eating plan is also a little older than 2017, but it is making a solid comeback at the moment.  The idea behind this plan is that you can lose 20 pounds in 6 weeks, while also promoting overall health from eating unlimited amounts of vegetables, a lot of fruit, some legumes, and some starches.  There are two phases to the plan, including a stringent six-week diet which is entirely plant-based, and a long-term plan where meat, dairy, and some other foods in small amounts can be reintroduced into the diet.

Why This Diet Works:

You will absolutely lose weight on this plan, and it can be sustainable if you have the willpower.  While this diet isn’t as easy or accessible as the previous two listed (this is sort of like dieting on hard mode), this diet is especially effective for people who have health problems that need to be remedied right away.  The Eat to Live plan may improve blood pressure, cholesterol, symptoms of diabetes, and more.  On this diet, you don’t need to do a ton of exercise.  Rather, you can do activities that you enjoy and exercise as much as you feel you can.  And, while Eat to Live does cut out whole food groups initially, most of them can be reintroduced constructively into your diet.  And, this plan is meant to be a lifestyle, hence the name of the diet.

Following a New Year’s resolution is not always easy, but when you see benefits, it becomes a little nicer to keep on track.  If one of these plans sounds right for you, why not give it a try?  Be sure to ask your doctor if you have any concerns before beginning one of these diets.

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