New Year, New Diet?

New Year, New Diet?

Watch out, some diets cause bad breath and Dry Mouth.

The start of a New Year is right around the corner, and for many of us that means the start of our New Year’s resolutions. New Year means new you, right?

According to a 2018 poll, the most popular New Year’s resolutions last year were to eat healthier and get more exercise. This was also true in 2017, according to a survey conducted by Inc.com. And the same was true in 2015, according to a Nielsen survey.

It’s safe to say that topping the list of New Year’s resolutions for 2019 will be the same: eat healthier, get more fit. For many, that means trying a new diet.

Health.com recently released a list of the most popular diets in 2018. Their results, based on Google search rankings, list the Keto diet, the Dubrow diet and the Noom diet as the top three diets this year.

Because we're oral health experts, and we know that the foods you eat directly affect your oral health, we decided to learn a little more about these diets in case any of you are planning to try them this year.

The Dubrow Diet

This diet, named after its T.V. power couple founders, is what Health.com describes as, “really just intermittent fasting with a twist.” Intermittent fasting is when you consume all of your calories during a certain time frame. So you fast, intermittently. Your body restores itself during your fasting periods, and this has been proven to lead to fat loss.

The Noom Diet

This diet is actually an app that, according to Health.com, has been dubbed “Weight Watchers for millennials.” This app focuses on your mental health, as well as your physical health. The goal is to kick bad habits for good, rather than trap yourself in the cycle of yoyo dieting.

The Keto Diet

This one particularly piqued our interest since it was the most-searched diet of 2018. Keto is a high-fat, low-carb diet meant to usher your body into a state called ketosis. When your body is in ketosis, you burn fat for energy instead of carbs. Hence, weight loss. But be careful because ketosis can cause a few unwanted side effects:

According to Popsugar, people on the keto diet may experience bad breath and Dry Mouth.

Dr. Steve Phinny, M.D., the chief medical officer at Virta Health, explains why

“Due to the fact that nutritional ketosis increases sodium (salt) excretion by the kidneys, if a person severely restricts salt intake in combination with this diet, dehydration symptoms like headache, fatigue, exercise intolerance, dry mouth, and constipation can occur.”

Fortunately, these symptoms can be managed by watching your hydration. Dr. Phinny suggests drinking broth with sodium to offset some of the dehydration effects of the keto diet.

We are all for healthy goals in 2019, but remember, always consult your doctor before beginning a new diet and make sure you know what to expect. Diets can affect more than just your weight.

To learn more about Dry Mouth, read our blog post Dry Mouth 101: Everything You Need to Know About Dry Mouth.

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