It’s January, so everywhere you look there’s going to be someone or something trying to help you lose weight. Or, look the best you ever have. New year, new you right?
Well, if you’re as fed up of hearing all the false promises and unrealistic weight goals as we are, then read on.
Along with experts in nutrition, we’ve rounded up the best diet trends forecast for 2017. Weight loss tips and advice that will actually work. Plus, it should help you feel (and hopefully look) your best for the new year.
Here are the best diet foods to be eating and cooking with in 2017…
Cabbage – the youth boosting vegetable
Cabbage is an unsung superfood that is not only a great source of vitamins, but it is also a great vegetable to help detox your body after a heavy month of partying and festivities over Christmas.
Nutritionist Juliette Bryant says, “Cabbage a superfood? You bet! Kale and broccoli get a lot of publicity and I would say that cabbage is just as good for you. It is an excellent source of vitamins and essential minerals. Cabbage juice is an ancient remedy for rejuvenation and healing and cabbages have the highest level of beneficial bacteria of any vegetable. The high levels of glucosinolates flush out your system, support the liver and helps lower cholesterol. Cabbage is an excellent source of L-glutamine, which increases the health of the gut mucosa.”
Tiger Nuts – the weight loss secret ingredient
Unlike their deceptive name suggests, Tiger nuts are actually a small root vegetable that grows in the Mediterranean and Africa. They’re a traditional food in these areas and may even have been eaten as far back as the Stone Age! Tiger nut milk is also a traditional drink in Spain.
Cassandra Barns, Nutritionist says, “Tiger nuts are commonly found in the form of tiger nut flour – great alternative gluten-free, grain-free flour that can be used in baking or cooking and that’s suitable for all types of diets from vegan to Paleo to nut-free. Tiger nuts are high in fibre and contain calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium, amongst other valuable nutrients. They are great when it comes to supporting digestive system and weight loss.”
Tumeric – the ‘super’ spice
Labelled a ‘super spice’ because of it’s multiple awesome properties, Tumeric is one of the most powerful spices when it comes to all the good it can do your body. It contains Curcumin, which has potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Curcumin has also been shown to help relieve the pain of arthritis, injuries and even dental procedures! Cook with it, add it to big one-pot dishes, and experiment with it’s flavour to incorporate it into your diet for 2017.
Lily Soutter, Nutritionist and weight loss expert at lilysoutternutrition.com explains, “This bright yellow spice is best known for it’s potent anti-inflammatory benefits. It is the curcumin within turmeric, which has been used to treat inflammatory conditions like arthritis as well as playing a role within cancer prevention and protecting against heart disease.”
Watercress – the slimming stress-buster
As the popular saying goes, ‘stressed’ is ‘desserts’ spelled backwards, and there’s a reason for this! Stress is a well known cause of weight gain not only because of the regular trend of comfort eating, but also because of the effect the stress hormone has on the body.
Combat the effects of stress, and lose weight as a result, by incorporating watercress into your diet.
Nutritionist Juliette Bryant says, “Hippocrates, ‘the father of modern medicine’ built the world’s first hospital close to a stream so he could grow watercress for his patients. The ‘bite’ in its taste has antibiotic properties without damaging gut flora. Raw greens such as watercress, lettuce and rocket promote calm and are stress-busting as high levels of chlorophyll break down cortisol (the stress hormone).”