Research has shown us that adopting a daily healthy lifestyle and routine is the best way to shed pounds and keep them off. But that doesn’t stop us from looking for the latest strategy for losing weight in a hurry.
Google has published its list of the Top 10 Most Searched Diets of 2018. This year, diets fell largely in two categories — those that skip or cut carbs, or those that restrict eating to certain hours or days of the week.
Google receives more than 90 percent of the world’s searches, so the search engine’s list is probably a decent gauge of what people were actually interested in a trying out this year, or at the very least, which diets have grown tremendously in popularity from 2017 to 2018. Noticeably absent this year, are former heavyweight diet methods paleo and Atkins.
So, how did Google do? Did you search for or try any of these diets this year?
1. The Keto Diet
It’s no surprise that the high-fat regime landed at number one on Google’s most searched diets list. Everyone from the Kardashians to Silicon Valley tech workers and athletes like LeBron James sing its praises. Keto followers seek a “fat burning” mode called ketosis that trains their body to burn fat instead of carbs. But because it’s hard for folks to stick to the strict diet long term, and no long term studies are available to determine its effects, keto lovers should proceed with caution.
2. Dubrow diet
Terry Dubrow rose to fame on the hit TV show “Botched.” He and his wife also starred in “The Real Housewives of Orange County.” Dubrow has since leveraged that fame into a popular diet plan that using intermittent fasting as its core. Dieters restrict eating to just eight hours a day. This diet regime may be helpful to some because it keeps people from mindlessly snacking all waking hours of the day.
3. Noom Diet
Noom dieters use an app on their cellphone for personal weight loss and health advice. Users enter their weight along with how often they exercise, when they eat, and sleep, and health coaches respond with personal and group messages with tips. Prices for the app range from $16 to $60 a month, depending on your length of commitment to the program.
4. Carnivore Diet
The carnivore diet is exactly as it sounds, followers eat only meat with the exception of eggs, fish, and dairy. Not surprisingly, the diet does not come highly recommended by doctors, since there is nearly no dietary fiber and many nutrients are missing.
5. Mediterranean diet
The Mediterranean diet is highly regarded as one of the best ways to lose weight and keep your heart and brain healthy. People on the Mediterranean diet tend to shy away from processed foods, which have been linked to cancer and weight gain. Instead, they opt for fresh foods and healthy fats like fish, nuts, olive oil, and avocados.
6. Optavia diet
The Optavia diet is the rebranding of of the “Take Shape for Life” regimen from Medifast. The diet-coaching scheme has followers purchasing Optavia branded meals and snacks including shakes, cookies, and breakfast bars. Dieters are also in touch with a coach to help them stay on track and reach their goals.
7. Dr. Gundry Diet
Steven Gundry is the surgeon behind the Dr. Gundry diet plan that says you’re at “war” with your genes, and that certain foods only make your predispositions worse. Gundry has authored two books on dieting, the latest, “The Plant Paradox,” was published in 2017 and preaches against plan proteins including grains, beans, tomatoes, and potatoes.
8. Fasting diet
Some research has shown that giving your gut a break once in a while can have huge health benefits including a reduced risk of diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity. Some fasters cut their calories to zero a few days out of the month, while others restrict consumption to an eight-hour window each day.
9. Fodmap diet
Fodmap, otherwise known as the Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols diet, is a diet that restricts foods that are high in sugar. This includes the obvious, such as fruit and honey, as well as sugars from carbohydrates like beans, lentils, wheat, and even avocados. The low-Fodmap diet was invented at Monash University by Australian researchers. This diet is sometimes used and recommended to those with IBS or to help with constipation, bloating, gas, and diarrhea.
10. The Shepherd’s Diet
The Shepherd’s Diet is lot like keto, but also considers Christian religious references. It encourages dieters eat more fat and fewer carbs, and have a “faith in God to show us the way,” as the book summary on Amazon says. The diet promotes eating small meals made up of healthy foods that stabilize blood sugar, and decrease sluggishness, ultimately helping in weight loss.