No one has ever found a magical meal plan for weight loss, but that hasn’t stopped people from trying. In attempt to get out of the rigorous exercise and rigid eating plan that a super fit body requires, people instead peruse the internet looking for the next fad diet that claims to effortlessly drop pounds. Some of them are backed by a little science, but others don’t have much merit (suuuuure Emily Ratajkowski. We totally believe you eat pastries every day).

Here are the top 5 Googled diets of 2017 that you may not even know existed.

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1. Apple Cider Vinegar Diet

Apple cider vinegar enthusiasts claim that it can aid in digestion. Proponents say they take anywhere from a teaspoon to a tablespoon a day to relieve bloating and encourage weight loss. But how well do these claims actually hold up?

A 2009 study found that after a high-fat meal, mice who had acetic acid (vinegar’s primary component), lost up to 10 percent of their body fat compared to the mice who had none. So this diet might hold up, but more research is needed. And of course, consult a doctor — and maybe a dentist — before you try something like this. Vinegar can do a number of tooth enamel.

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2. plant-based diet

If you’re trying to lose weight, this is actually a pretty good Google search to start with. After all, if you’re looking to drop pounds, most advice out there will tell you to cut back on processed foods and eat more fruits and veggies. U.S. News & World Report found that going vegan was one of the best diet options for dropping pounds and maintaining a hearth-healthy lifestyle while still getting the nutrition your body needs.

3. THE TOM BRADY DIET

Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bündchen are known world-wide for their perfect physiques, so it’s no wonder their diet sparked headlines last year when their personal chef disclosed details. It turns out, the famous duo dine on the 80/20 diet — that is, 80 percent vegetables and 20 percent lean meat — and have a long list of items they never touch. Sugar, white flour and caffeine top the no-go list.

These were the top 5 most-Googled diets of 2017
These were the top 5 most-Googled diets of 2017

4. Boiled egg diet

Dieters claim that you can lose anywhere from 24- to 40 pounds in just 14 days by eating two hard-boiled eggs for breakfast, then a mix of low-carb veggies and lean protein for lunch and dinner.

Ultimately, this diet was deemed unsustainable by Healthline, a wellness website, because it called for less than 1,000 calories per day — far less than the average adult human needs. (Women require at minimum 1,200 calories per day.) So while you will likely lose weight, it’s unhealthy and unsafe — and it’s just not worth the risk.

5. emily ratajkowski diet

Even those this Gone Girl actress doesn’t have an official “diet” she follows, that doesn’t stop people from trying to find out how she achieves her toned body. She told Harper’s Bazaar that she starts every day with a pastry or one of her favorite croissants and black coffee. Lunch, she said, is usually a salad or sandwich — often catered because she’s on set. And she loves meat. “I crave iron so I’m definitely not the kind of person who you will often find eating a plain salad,” Ratajkowski told Elle.

(h/t Delish)


Also see, why you should never start a diet on a Monday.  

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Meghan is a full-time writer exploring the fun facts behind food. She lives a healthy lifestyle but lives for breakfast, dessert and anything with marinara. She’s thrown away just as many meals as she’s proud of.