September 8, 2018

Roundup of Diets Creating a Buzz on Social Media

Plant Diets

To diet, or not to diet, that is the question.  If you ask any personal trainer there is no such thing as a diet.  Most will rebuff your inquiry with “eating clean is a lifestyle, not some fad.”  While I’m not one to let my indulgences stop me from trying culinary greatness, I do eat rather clean for a guy who can act like a complete savage at times.  Today’s attempt at humor is going to delve into a round up of popular diets on social media.  I read about it here, and boy, this should be a doozy.

Popular Instagram and Twitter Diets

Most people buy into diets from some talk show or late night infomercial, but with the way the social landscape is setting, people are getting all of their tips through “influencers,” which are basically people who are loud, proud, and active on social media.  Some are women who have physiques that men want to grab onto and smash, others are simply motivational.  Whatever it is, it’s a different delivery style when compared to how I grew up – learning from infomercials.

In 2018 alone we’ve seen a few trends shoot out of a cannon.  Stuff like the Ketogenic Diet have gone on to massive successes thanks in part to people who do them, have a following, and tell everyone about it.  Take “The Keto Guido,” from the Jersey Shore – Vinny Guadagnino.

Follow his Keto journey on Instagram:

A sample keto diet meal (from Vinny’s Instagram.)

When people like Vinny make mentions of it, hashtag it, and promote it, the sensation goes viral.  Traffic explodes, and brands are built.

According to Cooking Light (referenced above) the most talked about diet online right now is a Vegan diet.

Social influencers are promoting the crap out of the vegan diet and according to reports, over 50% of the leading social media people are talking about it in one way or another.  A simple search for the hashtag #vegan on Instagram has over 64 million posts.  (That’s huge.)

Coming in next was the popular gluten free diet trend, followed by a close third place showing by vegetarian diets.

Is it just me, or are vegans very loud and proud about their ways?  It’s almost like the gay community when they pipe up and promote their people.  (This is NOT a knock, plenty of gay friends here.)

Ironically, the top five most talked about foods on these social media engines are chocolate, chicken, salad, cheese, and cake.

To me, even more eye opening, is that people aren’t posting pics of fruit?  As you may have seen, I love Kiwi Fruit!

As a carnivore, I will say that me and my group of buddies who order rib-eyes (black and blue of course) never really go to Instagram to post pics.  On the flip side, many people I follow are posting pics of their vegan dishes and plant-based lifestyles.  The article also mentions that of the five foods mentioned, many have vegan or vegetarian alternatives, and that category, as they correctly note – is exploding.  As a guy who consumes mayo like none other, I do choose to use the vegan alternative.

They also list pizza, (heck yeah) butter, fish, and ice cream which are popular mentions that have vegan alternatives. Heck, if you have followed along for a few weeks you may have seen I talked about a vegan pre-workout supplement.

Moral of today’s story? 

People who eat plant-based diets are really sharing their stories like none other.  They have a passion for their lifestyle and eating habits, and I’m totally cool with that.  When something feels good, share it with your people.

Happy Saturday, everyone.  I’m personally celebrating my son’s birthday and will be eating a Mediterranean style diet today with us heading out for some fancy Seafood!

Lobster for dinner

Tonight I’ll be diving into one of these bad boys.

What are ya’ll getting into?


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T.J. LaPanta is a Florida based aspiring comedian and health nut.
When he's not trying to hack his way through a post-graduate degree, he's slaving away in the kitchen, working out, or trying to score a date.

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