We all have that one friend who is on a brand new food fad in the hope that it will help them lose weight fast. Sometimes it’s a juice cleanse that they are sticking to and at other times, they strictly side by popular weight loss foods. Over the years, many such fad diets have caught the fancy of those interested in losing the kilos without the effort. Although they haven’t been scientifically proven, that doesn’t stand in the way of their popularity. Let’s look at a few of these diets that have made waves all over the world.
 

The cabbage soup diet

The cabbage soup diet

One of the earliest fad diets in existence, the cabbage soup diet is supposed to be a quick fix to weight loss. In this diet, boiled cabbage soup is eaten at meal times and is supplemented by certain food groups like solely vegetables or proteins on specific days along with lots of water. While the fibre and liquid helps keep you full, this diet is said to leave you feeling bloated and acidic.

 

The Mediterranean diet

The Mediterranean diet

Taking inspiration from the dietary habits of Greece, Italy and Spain, the Mediterranean diet is said to help reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes. The diet is centred on the high intake of olive oil, grains, vegetables and fruits. In addition, it includes the moderate intake of fish and low intake of eggs and red meat. Altogether, the good fats and non-processed ingredients are reasons that make it such a loved diet.

 

The Atkins diet

The Atkins diet

If there was an award for the most popular diet, the Atkins diet would’ve won it. The diet consists of low carbohydrate and unprocessed foods like proteins, vegetables and fruits. Loved by celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Renee Zellweger and Sharon Osbourne, the immense popularity of Atkins was even supposed to be the reason why many brands released ‘low-carb’ product lines.

 

The master cleanse

The master cleanse

Also known as the Beyoncé diet, the master cleanse first hit the top of the charts when Beyoncé followed it to prepare for her role in Dream Girls. The all liquid diet includes drinking a concoction of lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper throughout the day. While it is only suggested as a short term method to lose weight, following the master cleanse on a long term is said to cause nausea, dizziness and dehydration.

 

The Paleo diet

The Paleo diet

Short for the Palaeolithic diet, it is based on the eating habits of cavemen who ate only unprocessed, raw food. This diet comprises of lean protein, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats through nuts and seeds. Following a Paleo lifestyle is said to have many health benefits such as balanced energy and better sleep.

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