There’s not a year goes by where there isn’t a new fad diet cropping up on our radar. This year, it’s all about the ‘green coffee bean diet’, 4:3 diet, as well as many more weird and wonderful healthy eating programmes that promise to cleanse our bodies and assist in weight loss.
Often endorsed by celebrities and influential heath and fitness advocates promising optimum results in short periods of time, many of us are quick to jump on the bandwagon when it comes to embracing fad diets that surface each year.
Are you guilty?
With this in mind, we’ve taken a look at some of this year’s most popular diets…
The Atkins diet is once again resurfacing this year. You may already be familiar with the science behind the diet as it has been around for years, and has continued to increase in popularity.
2015 has seen it make a return. Promising rapid results by championing and encouraging low carb consumption, this diet aims to alter your body’s metabolism. So, rather than your body converting glucose to energy, it encourages it to use your reserve of body fat – helping you to loose weight.
Essentially, rather than consuming carbohydrates for energy, your body uses existing fat as a source of energy instead.
Green Coffee Diet
It’s often the case that some of the UK’s most popular diets come from across the pond, meet the Green Coffee Diet. Endorsed by celebrities in Hollywood, this unusual yet effective diet promotes the use of unroasted coffee beans to help burn body fat! Whatever next…
But there is some logic in the way that it works. Coffee beans are notoriously known for being high in chlorongenic acid. Yes, it might be a bit of a mouthful but these tiny beans have even been linked to helping to lower blood pressure and assisting in regulating blood sugar levels.
It’s highly likely that you have heard of the 5:2 diet? Well the thinking behind this diet is almost identical. The 4:3 Diet is based around eating normally for 4 days of the week and fasting for the other 3. On fasting days, the diet advocates consuming 500 calories per day for woman and 600 per day for men.
Unlike the 5:2 Diet, the 4:3 encourages you to alternative your fasting days, rather than doing 2 or 3 consecutively!
Clean Eating Diet
Again, this is not a relatively new diet, the concept behind it has been around for years. Basically, the challenge is to avoid processed foods altogether and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Much of it is common sense!
Swapping foods that are high in salt, sugar and chemical components for fresh meat, fruit and vegetable and unprocessed meat, the diet is renowned for encouraging lifestyle changes that are both sustainable and rewarding.
Sugar Detox Diet
In recent years research conducted by credible sources have suggested that sugar is in fact addictive – I knew there was a plausible reason behind my cravings for chocolate every hour of every day!
Just like a drug addiction, experts have claimed that the only way to cure your sugar addiction is to go cold turkey, and cut it out of your diet completely.
The sugar detox diet encourages you to cut sugar completely out of your diet for three days, followed by a low sugar eating programme for approximately four weeks. It is hoped that by doing this, those who have taken up the challenge will experience significant weight loss results.