Millions Embrace Intermittent Fasting, Vegan Diet to Improve Health

Millions of Australians are taking drastic measures to shed those extra kilos, with an estimated one in four adopting rigorous diets to boost their health in 2024.

Around 15% of Australians are anticipated to experiment with intermittent fasting this year, while 10% will try a keto diet, followed by pescetarian (9%), and vegetarian (9%) diets, according to research by comparison website Finder.

Notably, 8% of the population is set to embrace the vegan lifestyle, while an equal percentage is opting for gluten-free or trying a low FODMAP diet.

Around 15% of Australians are anticipated to experiment with intermittent fasting this year, while 10% will try a keto diet, followed by pescetarian (9%), and vegetarian (9%) diets, according to research by comparison website Finder. Credit: supplied.
Around 15% of Australians are anticipated to experiment with intermittent fasting this year, while 10% will try a keto diet, followed by pescetarian (9%), and vegetarian (9%) diets, according to research by comparison website Finder. Credit: supplied.

Another 7% are poised to declutter their cupboards of processed foods and venture into the paleo diet territory.

Angus Kidman, Finder’s money expert, emphasised the prioritisation of health among Australians this year.

He noted, “The new year is a great opportunity to improve your diet and pursue a healthier lifestyle. Diet-related resolutions are popular, but changing your food habits is often trickier than people anticipate.”

Notably, 8% of the population is set to embrace the vegan lifestyle, while an equal percentage is opting for gluten-free or trying a low FODMAP diet. Credit: supplied.
Notably, 8% of the population is set to embrace the vegan lifestyle, while an equal percentage is opting for gluten-free or trying a low FODMAP diet. Credit: supplied.

While warning against extreme switches that may lead to negative outcomes, Kidman encouraged individuals to set realistic, achievable goals for sustained motivation.

He also highlighted the financial aspect, suggesting that as meat prices rise, reducing meat consumption can contribute to saving money.

Kidman advised, “Planning your meals means you’re not splurging on stuff you don’t need that also don’t align with your goals. Compare prices online for groceries to make sure you know where the best deals are.”

Above all, Kidman urged Australians to concentrate on building enduring healthy habits rather than falling for quick fixes.

He cautioned against fad diets that promise rapid weight loss, emphasizing the importance of aligning dietary choices with personal values for sustained motivation and success.

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