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Each year there’s always a crop of new diet plans that pop up in the media – all of which claim weight loss or better health and a handful of which become overwhelmingly popular by intrigued consumers – and this year didn’t disappoint. Here are some of the top searched diets this year: the Raw Foods Diet, the Ketogenic Diet, the Alkaline Diet, the Dukan Diet, and Whole30.
Diet fads are a dime a dozen and there’s always a hot new one around the corner with promises of trim waistlines and a cure for whatever ails you. Yet the reality is that there are so many diet plans out there because, well, most of them don’t work. Some offer quick fixes and dramatic weight loss, sure, but often lack sustainability — or worse, might come with health risks.
Plan Ahead: Hard-boil two eggs—save one for day five. Make the Carrot-Ginger Vinaigrette or opt for a healthy, store-bought Asian-style dressing. When buying salad dressing, choose one made with healthy fats, like olive oil or canola oil. Cook a chicken breast for tomorrow’s lunch or substitute precooked chicken or sliced chicken or turkey breast from the grocery store. When choosing deli items, go for low-sodium, preservative-free options.
Meals from the sunny Mediterranean have been linked to stronger bones, a healthier heart, a lower risk of dementia and breast cancer, and longer life, along with a reduced risk for diabetes and high blood pressure.
Whey protein does not have any inherent fat loss properties and consuming 120 kcal of whey protein is still 120 kcal of protein (yes, protein has a higher thermic effect of food than other macronutrients but let’s ignore that for now).
Grapefruit is extremely popular for its weight loss properties. According to research, eating half a grapefruit before each meal can help you lose up to one pound a week, without making any other changes in your diet. Grapefruit helps to lower the insulin levels and uses sugar as fuel, preventing weight gain. Grapefruit is extremely low in calories. It contains only 42 calories per 100 grams.
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If your budget — or your preferences — don’t make either Weight Watchers or TOPS appealing to you, there are some popular diet programs that are less-structured, but no less effective if you stick to the program.
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“What I love about both the DASH and Mediterranean diets is that they offer guiding principles for eating, like eating more fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains, fish, legumes, nuts and low-fat dairy foods,” Drayer said. “I personally love the fact that a daily glass of red wine is encouraged as part of the Mediterranean diet.”