Diets may come and diets may go. But fad or not, some diets tend to stick on and capture the imagination of weight watchers all over the world. The last few years has seen the rise and fall of many such diets: from Dukan to Atkins to the Jenny Craig diet. The year 2017 also had its share of zany diets, but here are the top five that the fitness-obsessed netizens were the most curious about.
#5 The Atkins Diet: The fifth most-Googled diet of 2017 was the Atkins Diet. At one point in time, every Hollywood celeb was endorsing it because of its supposed weight loss benefits. It is named after the American physician Robert Atkins who happened to introduce it. The diet focuses mainly on proteins with very little carbohydrate intake. But like most fad diets, the efficacy of Atkins Diet is not scientifically proven.
#4 Military Diet: Number 4 on Google Trends was the Military Diet. People who swear by it claim to have knocked off 10 pounds within a few days of starting it. The diet requires you to restrict calories for three consecutive and then eat normally for the reminder of the week. That way, your per day intake of calories is only around 800-1000 calories per week. It facilitates extreme weight loss in a short period of time.
#3 Protein Diet: Third on the list is the Protein Diet. Also known as the High-Protein Diet, its aim is to burn fat and to build muscle. The diet recommends that you consume extreme amounts of protein (almost 200gm per day) and restrict intake of other macronutrients fats and carbohydrates. The diet is quite popular among body builders and gym goers; but studies say that a high-protein diet could cause life-long kidney damage.
#2 Paleo Diet: Eat like a caveman is the mantra of Paleo Diet proponents. The logic is to eat only those foods that were available to the ancient, Palaeolithic, pre-agricultural society. Lean meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, roots, eggs and nuts formed the mainstay of Paleo Diet. Grains, legumes, dairy, salt, sugar, processed oils are off limits. It's a controversial diet because the testimonials of its followers are often exaggerated. Although trails suggest that there could be some weight loss benefits, with a restriction on dairy products, the diet could be deficient in calcium.
#1 Keto or Ketogenic Diet: Inarguably, the most popular, most-searched diet of 2017 is the Keto Diet. A subcategory of the High-Protein Diet, Keto diet recommends eating more fats, adequate proteins and less carbs. There are reasons why the Keto Diet is fast gaining popularity. Firstly, Keto shows results. People who have been on the diet report consistent, healthy weight loss. Secondly, no diet before had recommended high intake of fat for weight loss. Unlike the calorie restrictive fad diets, Keto promotes satiety and leaves very less room for falling off the wagon.