Every year, a new fad diet comes out, claiming to help individuals lose weight permanently. Many of these diets are usually just repackaging of diets that have been around for a while. In 2008, dieters had a plethora of diets to choose. The following is a list of a few notables.
Raw Food Diet
This particular diet has been around for a number of years; however, it seemed like new life was given to it in 2008. Adherents to the diet avoid processed food and food cooked above 116 degrees Fahrenheit believing that this destroys digestive enzymes and vitamins. Those who follow the diets mainly focus on fresh fruit and vegetables, seeds, nuts and dehydrated meats for those who are not vegetarians. The diet will only work for people who enjoy a lot of plant-based foods; however, it is hard to stick to such a strict diet. Blending elements of raw foodism with a healthy diet is a better option.
Oprah’s 21-Day Vegan Detox
Oprah’s 21-day detox plan is based on the book entitled Quantum Wellness by Kathy Freston. According to the plan, individuals must completely eliminate animal products, caffeine, sugar, gluten and alcohol for 21 days. After the allotted amount of days has passed, the body is supposed to be reenergized, and the person should no longer crave the eliminated foods. It goes back to the idea of mindful eating. While the body naturally detoxifies itself, this diet can serve as a jumpstart to healthy eating habits or to help individuals get back on track. It should not be used long term.
Prevention’s Flat Belly Diet
The idea behind the Flat Belly Diet is that eating monounsaturated fatty acids, or MUFAs, assist in shrinking the fat around the abdominals, resulting in overall weight loss. MUFAs include healthy fats found in nuts, avocado, and even dark chocolate. The first four days of the diet are designed to jumpstart the body and get rid of bloating. Individuals can loss up to 7 pounds and 5 inches after four days. Then, they follow a 28-day plan. This diet is easier to stick to than others because, although there is a list of recommended foods, it is actually flexible, depending on old-fashion diet basics.
The Wu-Yi Weight Loss System
This system also falls under the name Easy Weight Loss Tea diet. Supposedly, this diet is endorsed by a number of celebrities in 2008, which some people would find credible. This diet claims that followers will see result in as little as two weeks. Individuals drink a tea made of Chinese ingredients that promote weight loss and cut cravings. The ingredients are supposed to help the body naturally burn fat. The selling point of this diet is that it is easy to follow. More than likely, people can get the same fat-burning benefits by drinking green or oolong tea and eating a balanced diet.
Most diet plans work short term, but in order to really promote permanent weight loss, a balanced diet will always win. This is also cheaper than many of these plans. Just as these diets reached popularity in 2008, there will be a number of new diets and some old favorites that will emerge in 2009. Curious and desperate dieters will clamber to book stores and websites to buy new products.