Most Popular Diets for New Year Weight Loss
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) As the new year dawns, old goals are reinfused with feelings of purpose and possibility, whether illusory or not. After bottoming out on Thanksgiving, online diet searches surge on New Year's Day, and eating plans are twice as popular as exercise among early January Internet users. (The peak lasts about five days, mirroring the faddish nature of so many diets.)
If you overindulged this holiday season, you may be interested in the top ten diets, in terms of Internet interest, at the end of 2013. Here they are, as reported by Experian.
10. DASH diet
DASH, an acronym for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy foods, as well as some meat, fish, poultry, nuts and beans; high-sugar items, red meat, and added fats are limited. The eating plan is lower in salt than most Americans are used to and has shown effectiveness in treating high blood pressure , especially in its lowest-sodium form.
9. Cabbage soup diet
The cabbage soup diet is close to self-explanatory: dieters consume fat-free cabbage soup two to three times a day for a week, with additional items allowed on specified days . Stick to the program, and you're likely to lose weight, since you probably won't be getting close to the recommended daily allowance of calories for an adult. Which makes this a crash diet, cheap but unsuited for long-term results.
8. Mediterranean diet
Inspired by the eating habits of Southern Europe, the Mediterranean diet promotes consumption of olive oil, plant foods, fresh fruit and dairy products. Some fish and poultry are allowed, while red meat is limited. Wine in moderation is encouraged. Purported health benefits include cholesterol regulation, blood pressure control and anti-inflammatory effects.
7. Military diet
A social media-promoted fad that promises up to 10 pounds of weight loss per week (or 30 pounds per month) without exercise, the military diet is said to alternatethree days on, four days offbut actually requires calorie restriction and careful food selection throughout. The diet's website presents the plan as "a combination of low calorie, chemically compatible foods designed to work together and jump start your weight loss," designed to work "in an emergency situation" (e.g. needing to fit into a wedding dress).
6. South Beach diet
Purporting to replace "bad" carbs and fats with "good" versions, the South Beach Diet was created as a heart disease prevention program but became popular as a means of losing weight. Starting from the premise that carb-rich foods like breads cause blood glucose to spike, inducing "hunger cycles," South Beach emphasizes unprocessed foods: vegetables, beans and whole grains. White stuff bread, potatoes, rice is prohibited.
5. Diabetic diet