Nothing says that January has arrived than everyone moaning about their new diets and how hard they are hitting the gym. With over indulging over Christmas and most of us eating and drinking three times our body weight in goodies the pounds really pile on! But why do we seem to make New Year’s resolutions that we can’t keep instead of making changes to our lifestyle that will see that we stick with our determination for that summer bikini body!? As simple as it sounds exercising regularly and eating in moderation is really the simplest methods but let’s take a look at a few of 2015 fitness and dieting trends that you may want to try.
THE 3-1-2-1 DIET:
A new twist on intermittent dieting comes from this book by Dolvett Quince, a trainer on NBC’s The Biggest Loser. The plan says you should eat “clean” for three days, have a cheat day, eat “clean” for another two, have a cheat day, and so on, with the prospect of dropping 10 pounds if you follow its well-balanced, calorie-controlled diet for 21 days. Out of all the diet trends out there this one seems very sustainable but make sure you get clued up on what “clean eating” really is first! Lots of veg, high protein meats, no carbs and certainly no processed sugars! Although it doesn’t mean it has to be boring, why not try Hemsley and Hemsley’s recipe book? These amazing sisters have come up with some great healthy grub ideas!
Although these trends were in 2014 they are here to stay and they seem more popular than ever with nearly every household owning or buying a juicer. It’s pretty simple, you grab a load of veg some berries to add natural sweetness and whizz it up! A juice can be a substitute for breakfast or an energy boost throughout the day.
You take tea and add detoxing properties and tadah, you’ve got yourself into teatoxing! The market is currently saturated by companies offering belly flattening magic by drinking their teas but there is a lot of speculation as to if they really work. We gave Bootea (Holland & Barratt) a try for 2 weeks to see what all the fuss was about. Bootea can promise that you can lose multiple pounds from drinking their tea once in the morning and one every other night and following their diet plan. Now we’ll be honest the effects of the tea are fairly powerful and there are laxative effects so be prepared! It has quite a required taste but if you are used to herbal teas then it’s not so bad. After the 2 weeks a total of 2lbs was lost which isn’t as exciting as prospects of losing up to half a stone, however my stomach did seem far less bloated. All in all it’s quite an expensive tea to purchase which drinking lots of water and eating cleaner foods could do for you!
INSANITY and BODY WEIGHT TRAINING:
Insanity is a total body workout that requires no gym or equipment and where you work flat out in 3 to 5-minute blocks, and take breaks only long enough to gulp some air and get right back to work. The program is based on a fitness method called “max interval training.” In traditional interval training, you exercise at a very intense pace for a short period of time, and then rest for longer periods in between. The idea is to increase your aerobic fitness level while burning fat and has been known that exercising at this extreme intensity level will help you burn up to 1,000 calories an hour. Now I’m sure you are thinking “Insanity isn’t a new trend it’s been around for ages!” But it can be strongly linked to Body Weight Training and HITT because like Insanity they are workouts that are easily accessible, you don’t need any equipment to do it, and you can literally try this exercise method anywhere, any time. All simply involve using your own body weight, or minimal equipment, rather than free weights or machines, to perform strength-building exercises that push you to your fitness limits!