TOP10 DIET TRENDS
The Caveman Diet
Think Paleolithic Man on the Atkins diet — lots of lean protein, the odd berry, nut, or green shoot and absolutely no chocolate cake. You then crack and binge on baguettes, thereby scuppering your last two weeks of abject misery. But you will have felt very primal while it lasted.
The 5-Factor Diet
The latest US trend made popular by celebrities such as actress Halle Berry. The magic number is five: five meals a day, consisting of five basic components, taking no more than five minutes to prepare. Five days a week, you work out using five exercises that take five minutes each. Five suspensions of belief seem inadequate.
The Cardio-Free Diet
Hurrah! Aerobic workouts are bad for you — they actually stop you losing weight. Or so says an American celebrity trainer. This is surely outrageously and criminally wrong, but we will no doubt fall for it anyway.
The Master Cleanse Diet
Pop singer Beyoncé slimmed down for a movie role using this 1950s diet: you drink a mix of maple syrup, lemon juice, water and cayenne pepper for days on end. Even Beyoncé said it was a step too far, but it won’t stop some of us trying it.
The Cabbage Soup Diet
An old favourite, but in 2008 some dieters will still insist on consuming only watery soup for seven days, lose a lot of weight (and friends), then gain it back in a flash.
The BloodType Diet
Another one that will not fade: proponents believe that certain foods react differently to various blood types. For instance, Type Os are “cro-magnon”, and should therefore go heavy on the lean meat. Scientists may beg to differ.
Facial Analysis Diet
Actress Kate Winslet lost her baby-weight using this method and it remains weirdly popular. How does it work? A “facial analyst” examines your skin, eyes and hair and comes up with a suitable diet. Not surprisingly, scientific proof seems elusive.
The Grapefruit Diet
Grapefruit has mythical fat-burning properties. Under this diet, you eat half a grapefruit before every meal and you make that meal a minute one (your total daily calories should not exceed 800). This is otherwise known as semistarvation, which many deluded slimmers always favour.
The Fat Flush Diet
Here’s supposedly how to detoxify your liver and magically increase your body’s fat-burning ability (and, again, it will have indignant scientists frothing at the mouth). It means that you must have no carbohydrates, alcohol or coffee, but plenty of flaxseed oil, cranberry juice and vitamin supplements. This is sure to tap into the current pseudo-scientific “health” trend. If the mere prospect of attempting any of these 10 diets makes you rush to the fridge for a sneaky spoonful of left-over trifle, then the No Crave Diet could be the one for you. It advocates a balance of protein and complex carbohydrates that should stop you snacking and help you lose two pounds a week. It is the product of the combined wisdom of naturopath Dr Penny Kendall Reed and orthopedic surgeon Dr Stephen Reed and it aims to combat the emotional, as well as biological, causes of cravings. LA
Read extracts and recipes from The No Crave Diet in The Daily Telegraph from January 7.
The Coconut Diet
Jennifer Aniston apparently consumed buckets of coconut oil to “boost the metabolism” and burn off fat, which is odd, since coconut is rich in saturated fat. Bafflingly nonsensical and therefore bound to catch on.