As we come to the end of a delicious year in the world of diet and nutrition trends, we've seen a fair few new, and unusual diet fads throughout 2016.
Google has just released a list of the most popular diets searched for this year. Many of which, you'll be more than familiar with. Some may surprise you...
As in, mono (one). One food only, for one week. This isn't about deciding to live off pizza for a whole week. It's more the idea that you'll choose food to sustain your energy with (bananas, oats or eggs), whilst your body cleanses itself.
This high protein diet comes from France. Many have claimed to have lost up to 10lbs in a week, though the statistics are a little hazy.
You'll start with the ‘attack phase’ for ten days, enjoying plenty of lean protein, oat bran and lots of water. Phase two, also known as ‘cruising’ goes on for several months, followed by ‘consolidation’ and ‘stabilisation’.
Ok, so this one is about eating pizza all week! Really?
The Pizza Diet idea came about when Florida cyclist Matt McClellan says he ate 2,400 calories each day, which included six slices of pizza (with healthy toppings!) Less cheese and meats, more fresh vegetables. Matt says he ate a slice of pizza every other hour, and exercised for one hour a day, five days a week. He lost 24 pounds in four weeks. Everyone took to Google to see it for themselves...
This diet encourages 'good fats' and is based around plentiful portions of plant-based foods. Vegetables should make up more than half of your plate, with as many greens and colourful, non-starchy vegetables as possible. You can enjoy a palm-sized portion of animal protein such as grass-fed beef, chicken, turkey, pork, eggs. Plus, good fats from avocados, coconut oil, olive oil, or nuts.
This one's a kind of food pairing exercise. Specific foods shouldn't be devoured together. It suggests avoiding combinations of acidic and alkaline foods, for better digestion and that you allow your body 4-5 hours between meals.
Ketogenic Diet Food
The Ketogenic Diet is a low-carb diet that promises to turn your body into a ‘fat-burning machine’. It's a tough one, though claims to help with weight loss and improved concentration.
The ever-popular Atkins diet is all about low carbs and big proteins. Filling up on vegetables and healthy fats is said to “flip the body’s metabolic switch” and burn fat.
Military Diet Substitute
Three days of restrictive diet followed by four days off, every week. On the three restrictive days, you’ll limit yourself to 1,100-1,400 calories per day, (which FYI, is nearly half the average recommended intake!) The other four days, you'll still maintain a healthy diet and low-calorie intake. So it's pretty much a 7-day healthy diet, with a little added misery thanks to the super low calories!
What, really? People are searching for this?
This 'diet' consists of tacos, three times a day, every day for a month. We'll leave that there.
Created by Dr Keith Ablow, this diet is meant to optimise insulin levels and lower storage's of fat over three weeks. You'll take a daily miracle capsule that will set you back around £30 for a month. We're more than sceptical. We'll stick to healthy eating and regular exercise...
As we head into the New Year, there'll be a number of new health food and diet trends making their way onto our streamlined plates...
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