Five Top Weight Loss Trends of 2022

Here’s what we’re expecting to see in the new year
Published December 20, 2021

Weight loss trends take off at the beginning of every new year like clockwork. So what weight loss trends can we expect to see in 2022?

“In the past years we have seen the rise of ketogenic diets, intermittent fasting, paleo, the military diet, juicing, peloton, and so much more,” says Nadia Atzori, WW nutrition and food database specialist. “Weight loss trends will never be a thing of the past, rather they are just the opposite. It seems that with each year, we wait for the next ‘big trend’ in the health and wellness world.”

The pandemic, she adds, has caused major shifts to people’s lifestyles, causing some of these new trends to emerge as behaviours and mindsets around health and nutrition continue to evolve.

Here are some weight loss trends Atzori expects we might see take hold in 2022:

Volumetrics: “This weight loss trend has been gaining popularity as it allows consumers to lose weight while promoting feelings of satiety, all while not depriving oneself,” Atzori explains. “There is a huge emphasis on foods that are high in water content but low in calories such as broths, non-fat milk, non-fat milk alternatives, non-starchy vegetables and fruits.” She says this trend has been driven by a pandemic environment that has allowed people to work from home and potentially not have access to a gym, or has resulted in a lower level of comfort in attending a gym.

High Protein-Low Carb: “Often referred to as light keto, lazy keto, HPLC-diet, this weight loss trend is a modification of the ever-so popular keto diet,” Atzori explains. “Consumers realize that cutting carbs may have led to weight loss but weight loss that has not been sustainable. Consumers are still cutting carbs but not all of them.” She explains HPLC isn’t an all or nothing weight loss trend, but features meals that consist of high protein foods from high quality sources, moderate fat counts and smaller servings of carbohydrates.

MIND Diet: “What happens when the DASH diet and Mediterranean diet meet? Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right? Well, instead we have the hybrid model we like to call the MIND diet, which stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay,” says Atzori. “This weight loss trend is one of the least restrictive weight loss trends but there is emphasis on plant-based/vegetarian food options to avoid high levels of saturated fat and sodium.” However, she says, “don’t be fooled by the words ‘plant’ and ‘vegetarian.’ While they both sound healthy, a lot of plant-based meals contain high levels of sugar and fat to compensate for lack of flavour and texture.”

Intuitive Eating: “Rising in popularity thanks to focusing on weight loss and mindset, this weight loss trend looks to remove the negative connotations associated with ‘good’ and ‘bad’ foods,” she explains. This diet looks to place the emphasis on eating based on cues of hunger and satiety. “Now this does not mean eat whatever, whenever, rather it means becoming in-tune with your body’s intuition to tell you what your body needs and when.”

Sirtfood Diet: “A great example of how celebrity endorsements can bring rise to weight loss trends is the sirtfood diet,” says Atzori. “This diet emerged in 2016 but has gained popularity in 2020 and continues into 2022 as many celebrities are speaking to this diet that is rich in kale, red wine, berries, apples, citrus fruits, matcha tea, dark chocolate, parsley, capers, turmeric and oily fish. The driving force behind this diet is a group of proteins called sirtuins, which are believed, key term is ‘believed,’ to burn fat and boost metabolism.”

If you’re interested in trying out some of these trends, Atzori advises exercising caution.

“One thing to keep in mind is the term ‘weight loss trend,’ just as the name suggests, it is a trend, a fad, something that will come and go and continue to evolve as the years go on,” she says. “Don’t fit yourself into a weight loss trend, find a lifestyle change that fits you. Weight loss trends are meant to do one thing – allow you to lose weight at a fast rate, which will put you on a non-sustainable weight loss journey. The best weight loss trend is listening to your mind and body and doing what works best for your lifestyle, mindset and the behaviour change you want to achieve.”