Top 10 Diets of 2010

As another year draws quickly to a close, it’s often fun to look back on what exactly made the biggest splash. For this, top ten lists are often compiled, and usually deal with things like: software programs, movies, rock songs, cell phone apps, and other bits and pieces of mainstream pop culture.

In this article, however, we’ll skip over the ten best ringtones and go a healthier route. We’ll take a look at the top ten diet programs of 2010.

No matter where you’re at in the world and no matter what time of year, the proverbial diet craze is jumping off somewhere. Out of the many thousands of diet programs out there, you can bet that some rise to the top and others leave more than a little something to be desired.

From old favorites to newcomers on the scene, this top ten list touches on a little bit of everything. In no particular order, here are the ten most popular diet programs of 2010.

  1. Dukan Diet
  2. The Dukan Diet is an extremely popular French diet program that’s sweeping the entire world. It was created by a French physician, Dr. Pierre Dukan, over a decade ago, and this plan has helped over 5 million French citizens alone shed the pounds and keep them off.

    Dukan works using a four-phase plan: attack, the cruise phase, consolidation, and stabilization. Unlike a lot of other diets, however, the Dukan Diet allows people to eat great-tasting food.

    Initially, the diet starts out with a lot of low-fat protein, oat bran and water. The goal is to avoid fat and carbs and instead replace it with alternatives to help you shed weight quickly and keep it off.

    Once the diet gets past the first couple of phases, you will learn “how” to eat and can return to normal foods using the rules of the Dukan Diet.

  3. Lemon Detox Diet
  4. Followers of fad diets might recognize the Lemon Detox Diet by another name – the Master Cleanse. Started way, way back in 1941 by Stanley Burroughs, the Master Cleanse is a detoxification program that supposedly helps to cleanse the body—the liver specifically—and aid in weight loss.

    It was promoted heavily in the 1990s by Peter Glickman, and became a favorite diet of the celebrity crowd. The Lemon Detox helped lead to other big “cleansing” trends we know of today. It’s still a huge diet in this modern age and makes the list due to the vast number of people still implementing the plan.

    This is a liquid-only diet, meaning solid food options are completely out for the duration of the diet plan. The length of the diet is from 7-10 days, so it’s a temporary diet program, and it utilizes natural syrup from trees, lemon and pepper to help boost your energy and detoxify your body.

  5. Soup Diet
  6. On premise alone, there are many “soup” diets floating around. This diet specifically making the list in 2010 is the cabbage soup diet. Like the liquid diet listed previous to this, the soup diet is more or less a temporary diet, aimed at helping individuals lose weight quickly.

    Cabbage is a healthy food on the vast majority of all diet plans out there, and the cabbage soup diet utilizes this vegetable’s healthy qualities to keep people energized and feeling good while essentially sacrificing other foods in order to lose weight.

    Unlike a lot of liquid-only diets, however, you are allowed to eat more than just cabbage on this soup diet. In fact, you can eat a few solid foods – so long as you’re also eating the soup.

    On this 7-day plan, a lot of people are losing 10 pounds or more by sticking to this diet. It’s hard to say if the results are typical, but enough people have achieved results that it’s one of the year’s most talked about and tried diet programs.

  7. Atkins Diet
  8. It’s hard to say if this is the first diet to ever implement a low-carb plan to help you lose weight, but it’s a sure bet that the Atkins Diet single handedly made the idea of low-carb dieting famous.

    From everyday Joe’s to famous celebrities and even royalty, the Atkins Diet is one of the most popular dieting programs in history.

    This diet, called the Atkins Nutritional Approach, was started by Robert Atkins when a paper he wrote in the 1960s was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In the ‘70s, Atkins published a series of books that documented his own weight loss by avoiding carbohydrates.

    I think we all know the nature of the Atkins Diet. But if you don’t: This diet restricts carbs in order to frequently “switch” the body’s metabolism from burning glucose (sugar/carbs) as fuel to burning stored body fat as fuel. For millions of people around the globe, the Atkins diet is a huge success.

  9. Mediterranean Diet
  10. Throughout world history, people around the Mediterranean have always been healthier than everyone else. If you doubt that, just remember that we’re talking about the Greeks here! That’s why the Mediterranean Diet is bound to pop up on any top-ten list from here to eternity.

    There’s nothing that’s really special about this diet, per se. It’s much more of a lifestyle change and culture change than it is a “plan” to follow. People around the Mediterranean, making up around a dozen countries, have historically led more active lifestyles than the rest of the world, and strokes and heart attacks, two of the top causes of death in most people, are actually rarities in the region.

    This diet is all about adopting that lifestyle and embracing the culture. One of the best parts about this diet is that it’s actually easy to adhere to. The food is delicious and, apart from the exercise required, it’s one of the more “fun” programs on the list.

  11. CSIRO Diet
  12. Although this diet is a very popular program on this list, it probably has the oddest name in terms of a diet program. CSIRO is an acronym (technically, it’s initialism, if you’re a stickler for accuracy) standing for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, a body founded in Australia circa 1926.

    The CSIRO Total Wellbeing Diet, its full name, was developed by the land’s leading nutrition scientists as a way to not only lose weight but also to improve one’s overall lifestyle.

    In many ways, the CSIRO Diet shares a lot in common with other “restrictive” diets. In essence, it’s about replacing the foods you’re eating with food that will better help to induce weight loss. And at the end of the day, the goal is to be an all-around healthier person, able to maintain a healthy body weight.

    This diet is popular primarily because it can be described as a better-tasting, option-laden Atkins Diet.

  13. Blood Type Diet
  14. The Blood Type Diet is one of the harder diets to follow on the list, but it’s also one of the most popular diet programs in the world due to the results it is able to produce. This particular diet became really popular when Peter D’Adamo’s book, Eat Right 4 Your Type, was released.

    With this diet, the main idea is to eat a menu specifically catered to your blood type. The options of what you can eat are vast and depend mostly on your imagination (or your cooking skills), but there is also a rather large list of foods that you cannot have on this particular diet.

    One of the more popular factors of the Blood Type Diet is that it helps people not only to lose those stubborn pounds, but matching your diet to your particular blood type also helps to build up your allergy and infection resistance and can lead to an all-around healthier lifestyle.

  15. Gluten-Free Diet
  16. The gluten-free diet is one of the easiest diets to explain, but ironically one of the more difficult to follow. It’s extremely popular this year due to its overall effectiveness. If, for example, you can successfully eliminate all gluten products from your diet, as well as combining an efficient exercise routine, you can lose a lot of weight in a hurry.

    Overall, the gluten-free diet is about a lifestyle change. Some forms of gluten-similar foods will be okay—and only then in moderation—but it’s a life-long process that requires that you always monitor exactly what you’re eating to ensure you’re avoiding gluten products.

    One of the reasons this diet is difficult to follow has to do with the “sneaky” nature of gluten. You can find gluten in products not associated with food, like lip balm, toothpaste and even play-dough (not that you’d eat that…right?).

  17. Vegetarian Diet
  18. Realistically, the Vegetarian Diet is probably the oldest diet on this list. But with the resurgence of health consciousness in the modern age, attacking fast food and trans fats, vegetarianism is once again on the rise.
    With the absence of any and all meat, as well as any animal byproducts, a healthy diet of fruits, vegetables, grains, soy and various supplements, when combined with exercise, can not only help you to effectively lose weight but also to live a really healthy lifestyle.

    This diet is insanely popular in some circles simply because it promotes a more compassionate outlook on life, straying away from the herding of animals to be slaughtered for human consumption. Vegetarianism is also about replenishing the planet with sustainable and renewable food sources.

    Without the fat and cholesterol associated with animal products, and also the fact that all-natural sugars are usually (there are exceptions) complex in nature and better handled by the body, the Vegetarian Diet is a great way to ward off things like heart disease and diabetes.

  19. Low GI Diet
  20. GI stands for the glycemic index, and that is a term given to food items based on how their carbohydrates affect blood sugar levels. A Low-GI Diet, as you may expect, is a diet consisting of only food items that contain low GI numbers, meaning they will break down slowly in the bloodstream over time, contributing a lot of energy and mostly burning off as body fuel instead of being stored as body fat.

    Although it can be a relatively complicated diet to follow, it’s still one of the more popular plans out there today. Ironically, the more technical a diet is, the better it seems to do. It’s almost like people will not believe in a diet’s effectiveness unless they cannot readily understand its premise.

    However, that doesn’t make the Low-GI Diet a scam. Out of every diet on the list, it’s actually one of the most effective if followed correctly and if coupled with an exercise regimen.

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