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I did not include the following popular diets among my top ten, either because I have not tried them, or because they did not work for me. However, that does not mean they will not work for you!

The most famous of all fad diets is of course the Atkins diet, which is not ideal for me because I am a vegetarian. Meat can be replaced with eggs, nuts or cheese for vegetarians but it is still rather limited. I have listed ten popular fad diets below, with a brief description, simply click on the one that most appeals to you.




Fad diets ARE working for me.





Dr. Atkins Diet

Probably the most well known of all popular fad diets, the Atkins diet works on the theory that your body burns both carbohydrates and fat as fuel for its energy needs. Carbohydrate is the first fuel to be metabolized. However, when you cut down sufficiently on your intake of carbohydrates, your body converts from the metabolic pathway of burning carbohydrate to burning fat as the primary energy source. This results in weight loss.

Thousands of people claim to have lost significant amounts of weight on the Atkins Diet.


The Cambridge Diet

The Cambridge Diet is basically a very low calorie diet, which requires that you purchase Cambridge foods. This diet was definately one of the more popular fad diets in the 1980´s.


The South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet is not low-fat or low-carb. It teaches you to rely on the right carbs and the right fats. Developed by a renowned cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston, the South Beach Diet is a clinically tested program that will not only help you lose weight but also improve your health. This popular fad diet became well known in 2004, and has since gained a huge following.


The Zone Diet

When you are tired of counting calories, you may be interested in following the Zone Diet, which originated from the writings of Barry Sears. With this diet, the main focus deals with “hormonal thinking.” Although this diet is not considered a weight loss method, many individuals have found significant results in using this approach for that purpose.


The Scarsdale Diet

A very famous popular fad diet from the 1970s, written by Dr Herman Tarnower, the Scarsdale Diet weight loss plan provides: 43 percent protein, 22.5 percent fat and 34.5 percent carbohydrates.


The Glycemic Index Diet

The glycemic index ranks foods on how they affect our blood glucose levels. This index measures how much your blood glucose increases in the two or three hours after eating.

The glycemic index is about foods high in carbohydrates. Foods high in fat or protein don't cause your blood glucose level to rise much, thus foods low on the Glycemic Index leave us feeling fuller for longer periods. If you stick to foods that rank low on the Glycemic Index, you will feel satisfied whilst eating less.


Sugar Busters

Published in 1995 and recently reviewed and re-published, The Sugar Busters Diet is based on the idea that sugar produces insulin which stops us losing weight, despite strict dieting and exercise. Thus, added sugar is restricted and mostly it recommends foods which are low on the Glycemic Index (GI). The Sugar Busters Diet also recommends portion control.


Food Combining Diet

There are a number of food-combining diets on the market. The basic recommendation is as follows:

In order to improve digestion and weight loss, you should avoid eating certain foods as part of the same meal. For example, you should not eat carbohydrates with proteins. Some versions recommend eating only fruit or fruit juices before noon. A typical food-combining diet lasts for approximately 5 weeks, although some food combining diets can be followed indefinately.


The Blood Type Diet

The "Blood Type Diet" theory has gained widespread attention from the public since the release of "Eat Right For Your Type" by Peter J. D'Adamo, N. D. (G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1996). There are four blood types, and therefore four quite distinct diets to follow.


The Mediterranean Diet

Not strictly a fad diet,the Mediterranean diet first became popular as a heart health diet, but its role may be changing. In the 1960's it was discovered that some people in the Mediterranean, particularly those from Crete, had a significantly longer life expectancy than people elsewhere in the world. Their diet, which is high in vegetables, meat, pasta, beans, cereals, olive oil and wine, seemed to have the ability to protect them from heart disease and stroke.


The CSIRO Diet

The Australian organisation CSIRO began a research project to discover why so many Austrailians are overweight- one in two Australians is overweight and one in three obese. CSIRO scientists have spent the past eight years looking at fad diets and have developed one that is proven and is backed by the federal government.


Special K Diet

Another popular fad diet, referred also to as the Special K Challenge, the Special K Diet challenges dieters to lose weight using their products and following a 2-week regimen. The claim to this diet was tested during a study where participants ate Special K cereal for breakfast and later replaced their lunch or dinner with the cereal. The remaining meal could be any meal that the dieter would normally prepare.





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