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What Are The 10  Most Popular Diets Today?

I’m sure you’ve heard of every one of them.  I’ve included links for each diet so you can get details for each plan and choose a plan that works for you!

 1.) Weight Watchers Diet

Weight Watchers focuses on losing weight through a diet that focuses on points assigned instead of calories to a wide variety of foods, exercise, and a support network. Weight Watchers Inc. was born in the 1960s when a homemaker (housewife) who had lost some weight and was concerned she might put it back on.  So, she created a network of friends.

Weight Watchers advocates love the flexibility of food choices which includes the ability to make choices while eating out.   Weight Watchers has support network branches all over the world where dieters can find support. They can  physically join and attend regular meetings, or online. In both cases there is a great deal of support and education available for the dieter.

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2.) South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet was started by a cardiologist, Dr. Agatston, and a nutritionist, Marie Almon. It also focuses on the control of insulin levels, and the benefits of unrefined slow carbohydrates versus fast carbs. Dr. Agatston devised the South Beach Diet during the 1990s because he was disappointed with the low-fat, high-carb diet backed by the American Heart Association. He believed and found that low-fat regimes were not effective over the long term.

South Beach is compared to Atkins and is in fact a reduced carbohydrate diet but is more generous in the with fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Detailed look at The South Beach Diet.

3.) Paleo Diet-

The Paleo Diet is also similar to Atkins and is the most recent and popular approach to weight loss, improved health, and longevity.  The Paleo Diet is focused on  eating foods that are in their natural form as they were with our caveman ancesters.

The diet includes large amounts of animal-derived foods (which are no-carbohydrate, and high-protein and/or high-fat foods). The Paleo Diet consists mainly of meat, poultry, shellfish, fish, and eggs; non-starchy orange, green, and yellow vegetables; and fruits and nuts. This approach forbids starches, including all grains, legumes, and potatoes.  It also excludes dairy products and refined sugars, salt and processed oils (with the exception of olive oil) are also excluded.

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4.) Atkins Diet

The Atkins Diet, or Atkins Nutritional Approach, focuses on controlling the levels of insulin in our bodies through diet by drastically reducing carbohydrates to as low as 20grams a day to force the body into a state of ketosis.  Ketosis is where the body is forced to use fat for fuel as the carbohydrates are no longer available to be used as energy.

Atkins Diet relies on high fat, high protein meals to keep insulin levels low.  Instead of focusing on total calories- they focus on total carbs.  Many people report losing weight more quickly with this drastic reduction in carbs.

Detailed look at the Atkins Diet.

5.) The Zone Diet

The Zone Diet aims for a nutritional balance of 40% carbohydrates, 30% fats, and 30% protein each time we eat. The focus is also on controlling insulin levels, which result in more successful weight loss and body weight control. The Zone Diet encourages the consumption of good quality carbohydrates – unrefined carbohydrates, and fats, such as olive oil, avocado, and nuts.

Detailed look at The Zone Diet.

6.) Vegetarian Diet

There are various types of vegetarian – Lacto vegetarian, Fruitarian vegetarian, Lacto-ovo-vegetarian, Living food diet vegetarian, Ovo-vegetarian, Pescovegetarian, and Semi-vegetarian. The majority of vegetarians are lacto-ovovegetarians, in other words, they do not eat animal-based foods, except for eggs, dairy, and honey. Several studies over the last few years have shown that vegetarians have a lower body weight, suffer less from diseases, and generally have a longer life expectancy than people who eat meat.

Detailed look at Vegetarianism.

7.) Vegan Diet

A Vegan diet is a Vegetarian diet that excludes all animal products including eggs and dairy and honey.  Many famous cardiologist have come out with research over the past 25 years to show an actual reversal of heart disease by following a Vegan Diet.

The Vegan Diet tends to be higher in dietary fibre, magnesium, folic acid, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, and phytochemicals, and lower in calories, saturated fat, cholesterol, long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, calcium, zinc, and vitamin B12.   Because plant foods tend not to contain significant amounts of B12, researchers agree that vegans should eat foods fortified with B12 or take a daily supplement.

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8.) Raw Food Diet

The Raw Food Diet involves consuming foods and drinks which are completely plant based, not processed, ideally organic and mostly in raw form or not heated to temperatures above 112 Farenheit.  Raw Foodists generally say that at least three-quarters of your food intake should consist of uncooked food.

The raw food diet is based on the belief that the most healthful food for the body is uncooked.

Cooking is thought to denature the enzymes naturally present in food. According to raw foodists, enyzymes are the life force of a food, helping us to digest food and absorb nutrients. If we overconsume cooked food, our bodies are forced to work harder by producing more enzymes. Over time, a lack of enzymes from food is thought to lead to digestive problems, nutrient deficiency, accelerated aging, and weight gain.

Detailed look at The Raw Food Diet.

9.) Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is considered a heart-healthy eating plan combining elements of Mediterranean-style cooking. The Mediterranean diets include fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains, and limit unhealthy fats.

The emphasis is on a variety of lots of plant foods, fresh fruits, beans, nuts, and cereals. Seeds and olive oil are sources of dietary fats.  Cheese and yogurts are the main dairy foods.   Dieters have moderate amounts of fish and poultry, small amount of eggs per week, small amounts of red meat, and low/moderate amounts of wine.

Detailed look at The Mediterranean DietWritten by Christian Nordqvist

10. Master Cleanse

The Master Cleanse is a 7 or more day liquid diet invented by Stanley Burroughs in 1941, but the diet became a household name in 2006 when Beyonce Knowles used it to drop 20 pounds for her role in “Dreamgirls.” Also known as the Maple Syrup Diet or Lemonade Diet, this detox involves drinking 6 to 12 glasses of a special liquid mixture each day for 10-45 days.

The concoction? Water, lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. Supposedly each of the ingredients serves a specific purpose: Lemon juice detoxifies the body, maple syrup provides an energy source and flavor, and cayenne pepper boosts metabolism.
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