Top 10 Canada’s most popular diets
Diet crazes are alive and well.
And while common sense may say sweat and willpower are the way to lose weight, there’s lots of searching for the perfect way to drop a few pounds. Here are the top 10 most-searched diets of 2012, according to Yahoo! Canada
The Paleo Diet
As the name suggests, the Paleo Diet hearkens back to the way we ate before the agricultural revolution. That means no dairy or grain products and no refined or processed foods. It’s founded on meat, seafood and an unlimited amount of fresh fruits and vegetables
Cabbage Soup Diet
This seven-day diet is touted to help you lose weight fast for a special event or to kick off a more moderate plan. It centres around an unlimited amount of homemade vegetable soup, which is eaten with select foods over the next week.
One of the most famous and enduring diets, this low-carb way of eating promises to switch the body’s metabolism by lowering insulin levels — and it allows high-fat foods. Advocates say that, if followed properly, weight will drop and memory function will improve.
This plan is based around products containing hCG, a hormone called human chorionic gonadotropin. According to Mayo Clinic nutritionist Jennifer Nelson, over-the-counter weight loss products containing hCG don’t work, and they’re unsafe.
Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, barley and rye that people with celiac disease can’t tolerate. Many others claim intolerances, and say cutting it from their diet has led to relief of symptoms like abdominal pain, headaches and diarrhea.
Another low-carb diet plan, this one takes you through four phases, beginning with low-fat, high-protein foods, adding vegetables, then other previously forbidden foods. It encourages you eat as much of the allowed foods as you like until you feel satisfied.
Dr. Oz Diet
“Dieting smart, not hard,” says Dr. Oz’s website. He recommends eating small portions of fresh produce, lean proteins and whole grains — and ditching 100 calories a day.
The South Beach Diet
This three-phase diet was created by cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston to prevent heart disease, but became popular as a way to lose weight. It also restricts carbs and promotes healthy fats, emphasizing small portions and strategic snacking.
This diet is made up of three 17-day phases, followed by a fourth maintenance cycle. Creator Dr. Michael Moreno says it helps followers lose weight quickly, avoid plateaus and revamp metabolism, promoting clean eating without sugar, processed or fried foods.
It stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and may lower blood pressure in just two weeks. It’s not a weight-loss plan, but following the guide toward healthier meals and snacks can lead to dropping pounds. It includes lots of whole grains, fruits, vegetables and low-fat dairy products, with some fish, poultry and legumes.
Source, Photo: Torstar, Betty Crocker Recipes