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
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
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
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
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.