Set aside the steaks and bacon. Remove fat-free cookies from your shopping list. When it comes to diets in 2013, low-carb diets and low-fat diets are out. What's in: Gluten-free diets and commercial diet plans, such as Weight Watchers and Jenny Craig, reported Pollock Communications in December. The results stem from a poll of dietitians designed to ascertain their predictions for what consumers will seek in the new year as well as which weight loss plans will attract the most dieters.
More than half of the registered dietitians in the survey predict that in general, consumers desire natural foods, defined as those with minimal processing and ingredients. But for weight loss, gluten-free topped the list. Also popular for success in shedding the pounds: Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig and other commercial diet plans. And the good news when it comes to health: 57 percent of the nutritionists polled predict that as consumers, we want high quality calories. Farewell, empty calories with minimal nutrition per bite (and ta-ta Twinkies!).
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So what wins for the ultimate impact on how our nation will improve its health in 2013? Eating more vegetables and friends, agreed the dietitians. (Memo to Honey Boo Boo and Mama June: Packaged fruit pies with fruit made of corn syrup, sugar, food coloring and artificial flavoring do not count as a fruit.)