Diet trends have been around well before you or I were born.
If there is one thing consistent about diets, it’s that they never go away. Well, except for February and December, that is.
Before we dig in – quick question: Did you ever do something stupid when you were a kid? Yeah, me too. And what did your Mom always say – “If Billy jumped off a bridge, I guess you’d do it too, wouldn’t you?” I’d shake my head, but inside I knew she was halfway right.
It’s human nature to join the crowd. And that’s precisely what this Google trends chart suggests about diet trends:
I highlighted the area in 2013 just to give you a frame of reference, but this indicates what the world is Googling over time. If you notice any eerie diet trends like I do, then in today’s article I’m going to walk you step by step what the diet trends for 2016 SHOULD look like and how those actions will turn your year around, even though it’s half over. Or you can take a leap of faith and start our free course right here.
Let’s get started.
These Are My Diet Trends Observations
If you start as far back as this chart shows and slowly scan to the right, you see a clear pattern. As a society, we don’t search (also known as “show interest”) for diets until the first of the year. This should come as no real surprise. That’s the time of resolutions and other false hopes.
What else do you see?
After the big peak in January, interest goes down in February (indirect proof that New Year’s resolutions don’t work!) But then it goes down…and down…and down. Then rises back up at the start of each new year.
Every January, the relative search number is in the low 60’s and by December, interest has fallen off by 33% to the low of 40.
These are simply search trends, but if we make a few loose comparisons, searching for a term demonstrates interest. It shows intention, focus, or our alertness to the topic.
This guy lacked alertness! He got caught sleeping on the job – by the billionaire boss!
Maybe Not Diet Trends, But Weight Loss?
I hate the word diet, as well as diet trends. But it’s a term that most people are familiar with. I hate “diet” because it’s too much like “budget.” Everyone hates to have a budget, but let’s be honest – they both are a talent we should entertain if we hope to change our ways.
Next, I created a trends chart for weight loss. The results were a little surprising:
In relative terms, weight loss showed some deviation – at least in the recent past. In 2010 and again in 2012, we see heightened interest in weight loss during January and in May. May is just before bikini season, so that makes sense. But since 2013, there is less and less interest within the year for weight loss. But then look below.
Even with less interest during the year for weight loss, the overall trend is growing each year. Which leads me to a few conclusions:
- Weight loss used to have more relevance through at least the first half of the year but now is matching diet in relative terms.
- Weight loss is going up annually which demonstrates it is a growing problem.
- By the very nature of our internet searches, society is admitting they need to lose weight – they are just going about it the wrong way.
Don’t Wait to Jump off the Diet Trends Bridge Like Everyone Else
Now it’s time for some editorial comment and a picture to put it all into perspective.
As I stated above, the relative Google diet trends reflect how we think and act as a society. We seek diets and weight loss. But our inactions are making us go in the wrong direction.
Pretend I’m your Mom today for this article – then defy her just like you wanted as a child: Jump off that bridge!
Don’t wait to take good actions until January and join the diet fanatics, only to give up in February and not show back up again for 11 months. Jump this month, this week or today! Your health is too important.
There are too many myths about leading a healthier lifestyle – so much the case that you might think that you’re plunging off a cliff. It’s just not the case! The sooner you take one small step, the more at ease you’ll feel with the next steps.
There are some signs that we’re going in the right direction as a society, but they need to accelerate faster before more lives are lost. It’s time for preventive measures!
Each thought you have influences your attitude about health. Those attitudes influence your habits. Your habits then result in your behaviors. The sooner you think positively about your health, and your ability to change your future with one step, you change your attitudes, your habits and your behaviors. But it all starts with one step.
Or a leap of faith.
Assuming you’re ready to be “this guy” in the picture above and not one of those losers still in the fish bowl, we have a tool just for you. It’s a free course we created – the Health Restart Process. More than 850 have taken the course, and it’s a great way to take that first step. No obligation, no cost – start today.
Buck the system, buck the trends and do what’s best for you, your health and your future.