Every year new diet trends emerge, and some of those trends become increasingly popular. Whether you are interested in weight loss or health benefits, there is a wide array of diets to choose from to fit your needs. Read on to learn about several of the most popular diet trends.

The Ketogenic diet, also sometimes simply referred to as Keto, is inarguably one of the most popular current diet trends today. Dieters following the Ketogenic diet plan maintain a strict low-carb diet. The Ketogenic diet allows an individual to burn fat and lose weight by putting the body into a state of ketosis. Ketosis causes the body to burn stored fat instead of glucose. Most individuals who are on the Ketogenic diet consume an estimated twenty grams of net carbs per day. The Ketogenic diet eliminates nearly all processed foods, most grains, some fruits, and even certain high-carb vegetables. The diet is heavy in meat, seafood, eggs, cheese, and certain low-carb vegetables such as lettuce and avocados. It is usually recommended while on the Ketogenic diet to increase an individual’s fat intake, as this is what the body will use for energy.

A simple low-carb diet is similar to the Ketogenic diet in that an individual reduces their typical intake of carbohydrates. A common target for those partaking in a low-carb diet is to remain below fifty net grams of carbohydrates per day. The slightly higher limit of carbohydrates, as compared to a Ketogenic diet, allows the individual to have a wider variety of dining options. Low-carb dieters will typically still avoid most processed foods since they are typically high in carbohydrates. However, their options are not as limited as those that choose to follow the more stringent Keto diet.

Plant-based diets have become increasingly popular during the past couple of years. This diet is primarily comprised of fruits, vegetables, non-processed grains, nuts, and seeds. A plant-based diet may also have benefits beyond weight loss. Some studies show that eating a primarily plant-based diet may prevent certain health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

The Paleo diet is not new, but it remains a popular choice among today’s dieters. It is also commonly referred to as the “caveman” diet because the food options involved mimic what would have been the typical diet of a caveman thousands of years ago. The Paleo diet limits dining options to those that exist solely in nature. It does not allow the dieter to consume anything processed or farmed.

Veganism is another increasingly popular diet choice today. Most vegans, however, would consider their diet to be a way of life rather than a passing diet craze. Vegans avoid meat, dairy, and eggs – essentially, they do not consume any products derived from animals. Weight loss is not a typical reason for a person to follow a vegan diet, although weight loss is not uncommon when an individual initially makes the transition due to lower caloric intake. Veganism is common among animal rights activists, and those who follow studies showing that there may be a link between animal products and disease.

We have now discussed five of the most popular diet trends, and this list is certainly not conclusive. A staggering amount of diet options are available to choose from for both weight loss and health benefits. No matter an individual’s preferences, they are sure to find one that works for them.