What are going to be the most-talked about weight-loss plans of 2014? We round-up our bets for the plans that will steal 5:2's thunder this year.
2013 was without a doubt the year of The 5:2 Diet. Everywhere we went someone seemed to be talking about the miracle weight loss plan which only required you to diet for two days out of seven.
But what’s going to be the big diet news of 2014?
We’ve tapped our weight-loss sources for some inside tips on the biggest diet plans of the upcoming year. Some of them are sensible, some a little faddy, and some sound down-right ridiculous, but we’ll let you make up your own minds!
Is there a diet you’ll be trying out this New Year that we haven’t mentioned? Post in the comments below and we’ll add it to our round up.
The Alkaline Diet was designed to help you lose weight and be pain-free by restricting your diet to include only high-alkaline foods such as raw spinach, green vegetables, nuts and pulses.
Foods you must avoid on this diet include meat and fish, dairy, tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol.
According to its founders (Sienna Miller’s sister and chef Natasha Corrett) the human body finds it tricky to break down acidic food and so by introducing foods that sit between 7.35 and 7.45 on the pH scale, your body finds it easier to process everything you eat.
In addition to helping you lose weight, the Alkaline Diet will also help soothe aches and pains brought on by conditions such as arthritis and give you more energy, preventing headaches and bloating.
Apparently, Japanese people are more likely to reach the ripe old age of 100 than anyone else, so it makes sense that following a healthy Japanese diet will prolong your life and hopefully help you lose some weight on the way.
The diet takes the basic premise of eating a traditional Japanese diet, including lots of fish (at least three times a week), tofu, bamboo shoots, seaweed, pickles and a little meat for extra protein.
The way you cook foods when on The Japanese Diet is also very important. The Japanese steam most foods, making them low fat and extra condiments such as ginger and radish add in flavour you’d normally get through cooking in alternative ways such as frying or roasting.
Victoria Beckham is a strong advocate of The Japanese Diet.
The Clean and Lean Diet, followed by celebs including the one and only Gary Barlow and new-mum Holly Valance, is all about eating and staying clean and lean.
But what does clean and lean mean, we hear you cry? By clean and lean, founder James Duigan expects you to avoid all processed food – that meat that has water and chemicals pumped into it, oven-or- microwave meals, plus anything that’s pre-cooked or changed from its natural state.
The diet can be followed by eating plain meat and raw vegetables with an even balance of protein in the form of meat, vegetables and fats from items such as avocado, nuts, olive oil and coconut oil.
The diet lasts for 14 days and you’ll also need to do some exercise to complement the diet. Why not check out our guide to the best fitness DVDs of 2014 for some inspiration?
The Honey Diet could help you drop a dress size in three weeks, just by replacing sugar in your diet with honey, plus a spoonful of the liquid before you go to bed at night.
The diet was founded by nutritionist Mike McInnes, who discovered honey can speed up your metabolism meaning it’s the perfect way to satisfy your sweet tooth!
The diet claims to help you lose up to 3lbs a week, most of which is during sleep (amazing!) because you burn more fat in the first three hours of sleep than you do while exercising.
By replacing sugar with honey and cutting out complex carbs like bread, pasta and potatoes (plus having one day a week completely carb free), you can expect to lose some of those Christmas pounds in no time!
Dr Perricone’s Diet is also known as the facelift diet because it has such a positive impact on your skin.
Celebs including Eva Mendes are followers of this plan and the good news is, it only lasts three days so you don’t have to worry too much about sticking to a diet for weeks.
Obviously the best way to lose more weight using the Dr Perricone Diet is to follow the three-day regime every couple of weeks and use it in conjunction with healthy eating.
Alternatively, the three-day diet can also form the first step of a 28-day plan offered by the nutritionist.
The diet itself involves eating lots of high-protein oily fish such as salmon, green leafy vegetables, nuts, melon and a three-egg omelette for breakfast.
We found the cheapest way to do The Perricone Diet at home – take a look!
We’ve all seen how effective a gastric band can be at helping people lose weight, but what if there was a diet that was based on the same idea, without the need for invasive surgery?
Enter, The Corset Diet. It’s a fad that claims to help you lose between 2lbs and 6lbs a week (which sounds a little too much, too fast to us.)
The diet uses a corset to squeeze your body so you don’t feel as hungry and over-eat. It also squeezes your body so you appear smaller too. As you get thinner, you move onto a smaller corset to ensure the corset stays tight.
You’re expected to wear the corset for between two and six hours a day, five days a week and must wear it during mealtimes.
Founded in 2008 after a TV programme investigated whether you can still lose weight following diets from the 18th and 19th century, there are questions over how safe the process is. This, teamed with the fact the corsets £99 a pop, means we’ll probably be giving The Corset Diet a miss, thanks.
The Lemon Detox Diet is a pretty extreme diet which sees you fasting for five-to-eight days in a row, although there is a slightly tamer version that allows you to eat a light dinner on top of that – thank goodness for that!
The diet is based around drinking a ‘natural tree syrup’ which can either be had hot or cold, with or without lemon (hence the name of the diet). The syrup is packed to the brim with antioxidants and good things that will help your body rejuvenate and make you feel energised, as well as helping you drop the pounds quickly. The downside, as with many quick-fix diets is that as soon as you’ve stopped detoxing you’re likely to put the weight back on again.
The Monomeals Diet popped up in November 2013 and involves eating just one type of raw fruit or vegetables per meal – for example, a whole bowl of just strawberries for breakfast, a bunch of bananas for lunch and half a melon for dinner.
Supporters of The Monomeal Diet argue that by just eating one type of fruit or vegetable for each meal, your body has an easier time digesting it.
Although eating just fruit and vegetables in principle sounds healthy, your body isn’t getting nearly enough nutrients to keep you going for a day. Eating only fruit and vegetables isn’t high enough in protein, fats or carbs (apart from when the sugar is broken down), is way too high in sugar and what about all the essential vitamins and oils you need to keep your skin and hair healthy? We’re not sure this one is for us.
The Paleo Diet, also known as the Caveman Diet, has a fairly simple concept – all you’re allowed to eat are things that would have been available in the Stone Ages!
The diet, that counts Jessica Biel and Megan Fox amongst its fans, excludes any foods with modern toxins, limiting you to food you could literally hunt and gather. This is due to the theory that our bodies haven’t changed since the Stone Ages and we aren’t designed to cope with a modern diet, which is why so many of us are overweight.
The basic rules of the diet are all the lean meat, fish and seafood you can eat, all the fruits and non-starchy veg you can eat, no cereals, no legumes, no dairy products and no processed foods. Grrr!
It’s a widely known fact that those who live on a Mediterranean diet are supposed to look better and live longer. Even doctors have agreed that a Mediterranean diet rich in fresh fruit and veg with plenty of olive oil is really good for your health.
More of a lifestyle choice than a diet, this one seems to be more suitable for getting the whole family involved with. The diet is full of fruit and veg, and encourages followers to stop buying processed food in favour of making homemade pasta sauces from scratch.
So what else can you eat? As well as fruit and veg, you can get stuck into nuts, pulses, seeds, lean meat, fish, seafood, olive oil and even red wine (phew!)
The DODO Diet, or the Day On/Day Off Diet, is set to replace the massively popular 5:2 Diet as the new fasting diet for 2014. But rather than limiting dieters to 500 calories a day for two days, the DODO Diet calls for a complete day of fasting (that’s no food at all!)
Sounds extreme, but according to founder Drew Price so are the benefits. By sticking to your pre-fast meal the night before, going for 20 to 24 hours without food, having your mid-fast meal the next evening and then your break-fast meal the next morning, you could expect up to 7lbs of weight loss in the first week!
Followed by the petite Kylie Minogue, The Montignac Diet encourages you to eat foods in a particular order to help you lose weight.
Eating this way maximises your digestive capabilities, allowing your body to work less and achieve slimming results.
Unlike many diets, you can eat carbs, but not in the same meal as proteins, and those carbs must have high-nutritional value – so wholemeal pasta and rice rather than white varieties.
To add even more complexity, you can’t eat fats with carb-based meals, nor can you eat processed food or sugar at any point. Wow, sounds confusing!
The diet comprises a weight loss phase and a maintenance phase, ensuring you’ll be able to lose weight and then keep it off forevermore (if you’re happy to continue limiting carbs that is!)
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