Here are the 10 most popular weight loss diets of 2018  |  Photo Credit: Thinkstock
New Delhi: Most of us are aware of the fact that fad diets aren’t actually a healthy option for shedding those extra pounds. Yet, these diet cults that promise quick weight loss are increasingly gaining popularity across the world as a successful strategy for weight loss, especially at a time where more and more people are looking for ways to slim down their belly. Perhaps, the year 2018 saw some of the diets flooding the internet as people went into a fat-burning mode. Interestingly, a diet programme called ‘what would Jesus eat?’ also made the cut as Google announced the trendiest, most searched diets of 2018. The low-carb, high-fat Keto diet, which was ranked on top, as well as meal plans that restrict dieters to eat to certain hours of the day or certain days of the week, were the most popular diets.
But what you need to keep in mind is that any structured meal plan that puts excess stress on daily food choices or discourages whole foods may cause disordered eating behaviour. Moreover, most diets don’t give sustainable weight loss results as they claimed to be. In fact, going on a restrictive diet can be dangerous to your health. Now, let us take a look at the top 10 most searched diets of 2018. Read – Weight loss: Add low-calorie Gajar Ka Halwa (Indian carrot pudding) to your diet plan to reduce belly fat
These are the top 10 most Googled weight loss diets of 2018
The ketogenic diet, popularly known as the keto diet, is the most googled diet of 2018. This is not surprising considering the fact that many celebrities, including the likes of Halle Berry and Kim Kardashian, swear by the high-fat diet, moderate-protein, low-carb regimen to lose weight and help them stay in shape. Essentially, this diet promotes ketosis – a metabolic process where your body burns fat for energy rather than carbs, leading to weight loss. While on a keto diet, people load their plates with foods such as avocados, cheese, bacon while avoiding bread, potatoes, and bananas, etc. Read – Ketogenic diet: This is the secret to Kim Kardashian’s weight loss after giving birth
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For the uninitiated, the Dubrow Diet is a new meal plan created by reality TV power couple, former Real Housewives of Orange County star Heather Dubrow and her plastic surgeon husband Terry Dubrow. Basically, the diet is a twist on intermittent fasting, which they’re calling, ‘interval eating’.” The Dubrow Diet plan is a 16-hour fasting period, which means dieters confine their eating to an 8-hour window each day. The diet consists of three phases, which specifies how long a person should follow and what to eat while on the plan.
Wondering what exactly is the Noom Diet? A weight-loss app designed to help people develop a healthier lifestyle via a ‘proven psychology-based approach’. The app keeps track of your diet, physical activity, and blood pressure, as well as connect you with a health coach. With Noom, your meal plan is being taken care of by a team of nutritionists and registered dietitians, who oversee the food database to ensure that you are receiving the most accurate information in regards to your diet. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2017 listed Noom as one of its recommended, evidence-based, app for type 2 diabetes prevention programmes, which is a first for a smartphone app.
As the name itself suggests, the Carnivore diet, also known as zero carbs, involves eating only meat – so no carbs, including no fruit or vegetables, are included here. While you can eat dairy products on this diet, some dieters avoid them due to lactose present in these foods. While some proponents of the diet claim that it can help cure some health conditions like arthritis, depression, going on a restrictive diet is not a sustainable long-term strategy.
Studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet could be one of the best for losing weight and keeping the heart healthy. The diet, which involves eating plenty of fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, legumes, fish, and healthy fats like olive oil, is also great for brain health. The Mediterranean diet, which also encourages drinking moderate an amount of wine, may improve symptoms of depression. Read – Vegetarian diet or Mediterranean diet: Which is better for heart health, weight loss?
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The Optavia diet is supposedly created to keep you full and reduce weight by eating several meals a day. The Optiva diet programs consist of three different plans, namely, 5&1 Plan, 4&2&1 Plan, and 3&3 Plan – you can choose as per your fitness goals.
On the 5&1 diet plan, you eat five Optavia fuellings and a ‘lean and green’ meal of protein and vegetables. Optavia’s 4&2&1 Plan involves eating four Fuelings, two ‘lean and green’ meals and one healthy snack, which can be a serving of fruit or a baked potato. The 3&3 Optavia diet plan revolves around three fuellings and three lean and green meals per day. According to the company, these pre-packaged meals are prepared using high-quality protein and probiotics to help you stay full and improve digestion, aiding in weight loss. Optavia is the new name for ‘Take Shape For Life program’ from Medifast.
Dr Gundry Diet
Created by cardiologist Steven Gundry, who authored ‘The Plant Paradox’, Dr Gundry diet, eliminates lectins, a plant protein found in many foods such as grains, beans, legumes, nuts, fruits, vegetables, nightshade, eggs, etc, to help combat immune system problems. The diet is intended to improve heart health and prevent chronic conditions, including high blood pressure, however, many people are using it to shed some pounds.
While there are many fasting pans, intermittent fasting (IF) turned out to be another diet that was all rage this year. Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you have to eat within a specific time period, and then fast the rest of the time. It has been shown to be an effective way to lose weight and boost health. There’s evidence that periodic fasting may also slow the process of ageing. Read – The 12:12 intermittent fasting diet: Can it really boost weight loss and flatten your tummy?
Initially developed as a treatment for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), the FODMAP diet involves eliminating all high-FODMAP foods – essentially foods containing certain carbohydrates that can cause digestive problems such as constipation, bloating, gas, abdominal pain, etc, in some people. These foods include broccoli, milk, mangoes, and apples, etc. This diet is not meant for weight loss, however, some people might experience mild weight reduction while on the low FODMAP elimination phase as the plan uses smaller portions and food restrictions, which may benefit those trying to shed pounds.
The Shepherd’s diet is claimed to be a ‘biblically-inspired’ program to help you lose weight using ‘God’s guidelines’ to decide what to eat. Created by Colorado-based author Kristina Wilds, the diet, also known as a Christian weight loss programme, is a low-carb, high-fat, moderate-protein eating plan, promoting healthy fat intake so that they do not feel sluggish from dieting. The programme is a seven-step system that encourages people to eat healthy by looking at tendencies for indulgence that corresponds to the seven deadly sins in the Bible. The core of this diet is to rewire people how they think about food. It asks dieters to limit food intake by stopping when they feel full. The diet also includes the following guides – such as ‘The What Would Jesus Eat Grocery Field Guide’, ‘The Moses Secret Fat Loss Protocol’, ‘Fat Burning Furnace Nutrients Report’, etc.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.