Overview Of Top 10 World’s Most Popular Diets
If you’re trying to lose weight, finding the diet that is right for you is not exactly easy. After all, there are a whole wealth of diets out there and everyone is constantly telling you to “try this instead of this.”
The thing is, many diets are essentially the same. I mean, their number one goal is to help you lose weight, right?
Well, not exactly. See, the diet that is right for you is largely dependent on your reasons for undertaking a diet in the first place. For example, some people go on a diet simply to lose weight, whilst others go on a diet to keep their diabetes in check, or because they want to eat healthier.
Whatever your reasons for altering your meal plan, let’s take a closer look at the top 10 most popular diets on the planet in 2015.
1. The 5:2 Diet
The 5:2 diet is possibly self-explanatory, but just in case you haven’t figured it out yet, the 5:2 diet insists that you feast like a normal person for 5 days before fasting for the next two days.
Make sense? Well, according to those who have introduced this diet into their lives, the 5:2 diet indeed helps us to lose weight. What’s more, the 5:2 diet also improves our cognitive ability, as well as our lifespan.
The 5:2 diet is a pretty handy diet if you find it hard to reduce your intake seven days a week. By reducing your intake for just 2 days a week, life becomes so much easier.
2. The South Beach Diet
The South Beach Diet is another one of most popular diets, and the great thing about this particular diet is that it comes with a very attractive name and sends out the impression that you’ll end up with a fantastic beach body if you adopt its methods. But actually, the south beach diet was originally conceived to help heart patients. Hmm.
Still, the south beach diet is very popular at the moment and allows you to eat three meals a day, as well as two snacks. The catch is that you should also follow an exercise program.
3. The Jenny Craig Diet
The Jenny Craig Diet claims that you’ll lose around 2 pounds a week, and is known to be one of the easiest diets around. Its premise is simple: losing weight is not rocket science, and is in fact as easy as reducing your intake of fat and calories. Simples? You bet.
To help you out, the Jenny Diet asks that you stick to your assigned prepackaged meals (all decided by Jenny’s), as well as a bunch of recipes that are tailored to you. You are even given your own personal consultant upon sign up, which makes this diet really hands-on. Support and motivation is offered, and you will be told each week how much you need to be eating.
4. The New Atkins Diet
Atkins diet used to be one of the most popular diets for a while, but now it’s been replaced by The New Atkins Diet, which aims to convert your body into a fat burning wonder machine, and it does this by starving you of carbs. The idea is that if your body is without carbs, it will burn fat for energy. Yay!
You’ve probably heard of the original Atkins diet, but where that failed – it wouldn’t allow folk to vary their diet – the new one aims to succeed. You can eat a richer variety of food, and during the first two weeks you subsist on protein and can eat as much fat as you want. Your carb allowance is down to just 20g, though.
The New Atkins Diet is popular because it helps women to lose weight rapidly, and it also encourages us to cut down on the booze.
5. A Mediterranean Diet
Another one of most popular diets is the Mediterranean diet, which isn’t a diet-plan per say. There is no “you should eat such and such amount this week,” and no preordained schedule. Instead, the Mediterranean diet is so popular simply because Mediterranean food is ridiculously healthy.
Introducing the Mediterranean diet into your life means you will be privy to a whole host of benefits; you will reduce the risk of diabetes, dementia and heart disease; you will become more agile, and you will also increase your chances of living longer.
The Mediterranean diet is crammed with super tasty delights, such as fruits, vegetables, grains and sea food.
6. The Alkaline Diet
The alkaline diet makes its way onto this list of most popular diets, because it’s endorsed by celebrities including Jennifer Aniston, Gwyneth Paltrow and Victoria Beckham. And it’s gotta be good because all those three are skinny minis!
According to the alkaline diet, our modern eating habits lumber our bodies with too much acid. And because our body doesn’t know quite what to do with this acid, it turns it into fat. Not cool at all. So, with such a simple premise comes a simple method – cut out acid-producing foods. The list is quite plentiful, and includes caffeine, beer, dairy, refined sugar, etc.
7. The Volumetrics Diet
The Volumetrics Diet has been increasingly popular for a number of years now, and bizarrely it puts an onus on eating more, not less. Think that can’t possibly help you lose weight? Think again!
See, the reason why so many of us eat lots and pile on the weight is because we eat lots of the bad stuff. With the Volumetrics Diet, you will eat more – or just as much – but you will actually lose weight because you will be eating the right stuff. Ergo, healthy food!
The trick is that you eat healthy foods that fill you up without overloading you with calories.
8. Slimming World Diet
Slimming World’s Diet is another one of most popular diets, and it starts by asking you to trade all those high-fat foods for low fat-foods that can still be just as filling. They refer to these low-fat foods as free foods, and these include vegetables, pasta, rice, fruit and eggs. According to Slimming World, you can eat as much as you like of any of these, and there is no calorie counting involved. Perfect! Because, you know, we hate counting calories.
9. The WeightWatchers Diet
The WeightWatchers Diet has been around for years, and is based on a system that assigns a value to foods and drink that is based on the amount of fibre, protein, fat and carbs found within. More than anything, the WeightWatchers diet seeks to better keep a lid on your calories, and it does this by assigning you a daily ProPoints allowance. You basically can’t go over this allowance, but you can eat as much fruit and veg as you like.
10. The Engine 2 Diet
Another one of most popular diets is the Engine 2 Diet, which, we admit, has a rubbish name and sounds more like a prototype for a robot, but it’s proving to be remarkably popular thanks to a very simple premise – get rid of the junk and replace it with nutritious good stuff that still tastes amazing.
Naturally, we can all say that you need to eat less junk and call it a diet. For this reason, the Engine 2 Diet offers a whole program that teaches you how to cook better, how to eat better, and how to live better. It’s an energetic diet engineered (cough) to get you fitter and fired up for life.
Oh, and it also has a cool logo.
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Stay happy and healthy!