Top 5 Trendy Diets

Most people have probably done fad diets at some point in their lives. With new “breakthrough” diets being introduced daily, it can be difficult to know which ones are legit and which ones are not. Some fad diets are simply that- fads. Other diets have survived the test of time and have been used for years. Researching diets can take hours and be exhausting, so here is a helpful list of popular diets.

5 Trendy Diets:

  1. The Atkins Diet– This is a diet that has been around for years. The Atkins diet was first adopted in 2002 and has been increasing popularity ever since. Many celebrities admit to following this diet including Sharon Osbourne and Kim Kardashian. The guidelines for this diet are very detailed and strict. This diet doesn’t necessarily count calories but mainly focuses on limiting carbohydrates and sugar. When the carbs and sugar are restricted, your body will begin to burn fat instead of using carbs as fuel. Cons of this diet would be potential health hazards. This diet encourages eating large amounts of fat, dairy, and meat (including bacon) and does not recommend eating large amounts of fruits due to the high amount of sugar in fruit. This method works for short-term weight loss but is highly discouraged by dietitians for long-term use.

 

  1. Vegan Diet– The vegan diet has been gaining popularity for the past few years. People generally follow this diet for one of two reasons: morality or health. In recent years many documentaries have been released focusing on both topics, convincing many people to make the switch. The difference with this “diet” and the others on the list, is that this is more of a lifestyle than a traditional diet. Many people who switch to this lifestyle make the switch for good. This diet entails avoiding all animal by-products including: meat, fish, dairy, and any processed foods containing animal by-products. Meals primarily consist of: fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts, and grains. Vegans typically do not count calories or watch carbs. This diet is not generally started for specific “weight-loss,” however, losing weight does happen over time on this diet. The biggest concern of this diet is being deficient in protein and other vitamins.

 

  1. Military Diet– This 3 day long diet has been around for years. The Military Diet promises you can lose up to 10 pounds in only 3 days. This diet is primarily used for a “quick fix” and not recommended for long term use. Focusing on how certain foods react with each other and break down in the body, this diet has specific meal plans to follow for the three day period. The military diet can have you bikini-ready in a few short days. However, don’t exceed the 3 day period because this diet brings you in well under the recommended daily caloric intake.

 

  1. Paleo Diet– One of the most popular diets around is the Paleo Diet. This diet is modeled after primal eating behaviors. The Paleo diet consists of: meat, fish, eggs, fruits/veggies, nuts/seeds, and healthful oils. Certain foods like: grains, legumes, dairy, sugar, salt, and potatoes are not permitted. This diet promotes clean eating and the restriction of sugar and preservatives can lead to weight loss. Cons of this diet could be not eating enough carbohydrates that could leave an active person lacking energy.

 

  1. Raw Food Diet– The Raw Food Diet is a diet that has recently been ganging popularity. This diet is exactly what it sounds like- eating raw foods, primarily fruits and veggies. Icons like Tom Brady and Giselle Bundchen follow a primarily raw diet and rave about the benefits. Eating raw fruits and vegetables allow a lot of fiber into your diet. Fiber expands in the body while being digested and makes you feel more full and satisfied. In addition to the fiber, fruits and veggies are known to have many other vitamins and minerals that are amazing for your overall health. This diet is great for the body and can lead to weight loss. Cons of this diet could be deficiency in protein or other minerals found in meat.

 

These 5 trendy diets have been tested numerous times over the years with varying results. For the best results you should always consult your doctor before trying any new diet.