Here are some of the most popular diets of our time. They’re popular because most of them have well-documented results, and work for a great many people. Some of them are also popular because of extensive marketing efforts and celebrity proponents – but even the ones that are mostly marketing have a lot of value. Here’s our top 10 list of diets.
Jillian Michaels is the hardcore celebrity trainer from America’s The Biggest Loser, and gained a reputation for being a no-nonsense taskmistress. Her diet carries a small weekly subscription fee, and requires you to follow the meal plan, exercise schedule and lifestyle changes to the letter.
2. Sonoma Diet
The Sonoma Diet is based on the foods that grow naturally in the Sonoma Valley in California. The emphasis is not on calorie counting or starving yourself, but rather on preparing delicious, low fat meals that are healthy and enjoyable.
While some might find Pasternak’s “5 meals a day, 5 ingredients, made in 5 minutes” formula a little contrived, it has worked for millions. This diet combines the proven advantages of eating little and often, with clever meal plans and delicious, varied ingredients.
The South Beach Diet is based on regulating your body’s sugar levels by eating healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and lean proteins, and avoiding processed sugars. It’s become extremely popular with celebrities for its ability to develop a ‘beach body’ while maintaining a healthy diet.
5. 7 Day Diet
The 7 Day “All You Can Eat” Diet attracts people because it allows you to eat as much as you want of one particular thing per day. The food item changes every day, but the idea is that it functions as a crash diet and a detox, while allowing you to eat as much as you like.
Alli is a weight loss program and supplement combination developed by GlaxoSmithKline that helps to prevent your body from absorbing all of the fat in foods. They claim that ‘for every 2lbs you’d lose normally, you’d lose an extra pound with Alli’. In reality the weight loss is around 5-10% faster.
The Weightwatchers Diet is based on membership of Weightwatchers, and following their meal plan. If you’re the type of person who thrives on group support and regular meetings and reinforcement of your goals, then this is perfect for you.
eDiets is a revolutionary online dieting service that combines custom meal plans with meal delivery. It isn’t cheap, but there’s a big enough variety of plans on the site to suit anybody, and it’s been proven to work well if you don’t snack too much.
9. Atkins Diet
The Atkins Diet is one of the world’s most popular diets. It emphasises lean protein, low fat foods and complex, whole-grain carbohydrates. The Atkins Diet has helped millions of people around the world achieve their weight loss and muscle gain goals, and has an impressive set of published results.
The Nutrisystem Diet is a lot like the eDiet system, only it focuses more on nutrition-rich foods with low Glycemic indexes. Nutrisystem offers a wide range of diet plans – some suitable for vegetarians and vegans – and is very easy to follow. It isn’t the cheapest, but it has been proven to work wonders for those with the fortitude to stick to it.