Popular diets of all time

diet-foodIf your New Year’s resolutions always include weight loss, you would have tried dieting at one point or the other. With celebs popularizing juice cleanses and baby food diets, we all turn to quick fix diets to aid weight loss. Some work, some don’t. We list the some of the most popular diets of all time.


In this diet the meals are supposed to be very protein and fat heavy, and carbohydrates should be very limited or almost nonexistent. Apparently this diet works on the concept that by eating protein rich foods the number of calories consumed is very little. Sounds great doesn’t it? It means that you can consume all the steaks, roasted chicken and grilled foods you want. But the Atkins diet of high-protein foods and no carbohydrates can lead to serious health problems like high cholesterol, kidney damage, and osteoporosis.


The Dukan Diet by French physician Pierre Dukan, bears striking similarities to the Atkins diet for being protein-heavy. The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, Jennifer Lopez and Gisele Bundchen comply with this diet. The diet is based on a strict list of over 100 allowed foods, as well as four specific phases and a lot of rules. It works on restricting foods, calories and portion control for each stage. If only we had the will power to stick to a list, supermarket shopping would be much quicker.

Raw Food

The self explanatory raw food diet aims to eliminate meat and animal products. The raw food diet follows rawism, which states that food in its most natural, unprocessed, uncooked state is healthiest. Our guess is that you lose all that weight because of the time spent peeling, straining, chopping among other things needed to prepare the meal and then convincing yourself to eat the food. The staples of the raw food diet include nuts, dried fruits, beans, whole grains, sprouts, and other fruits and vegetables.

Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet has taken the world by storm in the past several years. It focuses on eating only what our prehistoric ancestors ate and nothing else. Megan Fox and Miley Cyrus are few celebrities who endorse the Paleo Diet. The Paleo Diet recreates a food plan that mimics what cavemen used to eat before they learnt how to cultivate crops. Paleo foods include fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and seafood which are full of nutrients. The diet avoids any type of processed food such as dairy products and cereal grains, which all contain refined sugars, saturated fats, and other harmful substances.

The Cabbage Soup Diet

This diet was designed around heavy consumption of a low-calorie cabbage soup over the time of seven days. Considered a fad diet, it is for short-term weight-loss and requires no long-term commitment. The diet claims to make you lose up to 4 to 5 kilos of weight in a week although nutritional experts say that it is nearly impossible to lose that much fat within a week. Much of the weight lost will be water and once the diet is stopped, most of the weight will be gained back.

Lemon Diet

Popularised by Heidi Klum and Jennifer Aniston, the lemon diet is one of the most famous celebrity diets. This detox diet is supposed to be very successful. It promises to increase your energy levels, flush out toxins, drop that excess weight and make your skin glow. The diet is a seven day cleanse which begins with fresh lemon juice consumed in the morning and at regular intervals throughout the day with no processed food consumed at all. Lean proteins and green salad can be eaten with lemon juice liberally squeezed over it. Talk about a citrus overload.


As a new diet arrives, another fades away like fashion trends only to come back again in a modified version. Which ones of the above have you tried? Let us know.

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