Dukan, tick..Atkins, tick … 5:2, tick…Hands up who’s the been-there-done-that-tried-the-diet T-shirt? Of course, we all know losing weight is really just down to eating in moderation and exercising more, but just in case the subject of diets comes up around the watercooler, we’ve compiled a list of the hippest health plans for 2015.
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Commonly referred to as the ‘caveman diet’, this programme is designed to emulate the diet of wild plants and animals eaten during the Paleolithic era. As well as sustained weight-loss, Paleo followers reportedly have improved sleep and stable blood sugar. (Goodbye being hangry!)
WHAT TO AVOID:
Alcohol, Starches, Processed Foods & Sugar, Dairy and Grains.
WHAT TO ENJOY:
Lean Meats, Organ Meats, Fruit and Vegetables, Avocados, Nuts and Seafood.
THE ORNISH DIET
This plant-based diet has been described as ‘safe and tremendously heart healthy’. As well as weight control, this diet is can apparently work to prevent heart disease and help those who would be prone to developing Type 2 Diabetes.
WHAT TO AVOID:
Egg Yolks, Organ Meats, Butter, Cream, Hot Dogs, Fried Fish and Tropical Oils.
WHAT TO ENJOY:
Whole grains, Legumes, Fruit, Vegetables, Soy, Non-Fat Dairy, Egg Whites, Avocado, Seeds, Nuts and Wild Salmon.
THE DASH DIET
DASH stands for ‘Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension’. In addition to weight-loss, this diet is reportedly great for lowering both high blood pressure and cholesterol. It can reportedly reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease, kidney stones and diabetes.
WHAT TO AVOID: Refined and Processed Food.
WHAT TO ENJOY: Fruit, Vegetables, Low-fat dairy, Whole grains, Poultry, Fish and Nuts.
THE RAW FOOD DIET
This diet does what it says on the tin – and in addition to weight loss it claims to reduce bloating, give you fresher skin and a brighter mind. Also, it reportedly reduces cholesterol and stabilises blood glucose levels.
WHAT TO AVOID: This may seem obvious but anything cooked.
WHAT TO ENJOY: Raw Fruits, Honey, Sushi, Healthy Oils, Raw Vegetables, Sprouts, Seeds, Nuts, Seaweed and Beans.
We’re all familiar with the idea of not wanting to load up on carbs, but the ketogenic diet takes things a step further, with even some vegetables and fruits off the list. Instead, you eat tons of naturally high fat foods. Apparently, you’ll lost weight fast and have bags of energy – but your breath might not be the freshest.
What to avoid: brightly coloured fruits and vegetables, grains, bread, pasta
What to enjoy: oil, butter, eggs, meat and fish.
**The underlying theory of metabolic balance is that the way we eat, on the whole, is adversely affecting our body’s production of insulin, and that’s why we don’t lose weight or feel energised. The plan goes as far as to designate the best times to work out to burn more calories, and five-hour intervals between meals must be observed.
What to avoid/enjoy: There are no set rules, but expect plenty of lean protein and vegetables.