As the last holiday season of the year begins and New Year's resolutions on the horizon, when it comes to self-improvement, one of the most common endeavors to take on is weight loss. And while it is no secret by now, there are hundreds (and maybe even thousands) of meal plans and diet regimens on the market these days to consider and sift through. Everyone has different needs, which is a major factor of choosing the right diet. However, some diets mostly come down to how convenient the program is to continue following and applying, given its overall effectiveness.
Consumers around the world searched for the diets that may suit their weight goals, lifestyle, and willingness to change their bad habits last year. However, some diets picked up more traction than others. Take a look to learn about some of the most searched diets of 2019 according to the latest data revealed by Google Search Trends metrics.
Here is a list of the top ten trending diet programs in 2019 along with a brief description of what each offers.
The Intermittent Fasting Diet
The intermittent fasting diet is fairly self-descriptive, requiring that the dieter limits the times that they eat, keeping up a regular schedule that varies from person to person. The most common schedules involve either 1:1 fasting (fasting one day, eating the next) or 5:2 fasting (eating five days, fasting for two days). Other versions are less restrictive, requiring a certain number of hours of fasting each day before eating, like the Leangains protocol, restricts the user to an 8-hour window in which they can eat.
Advocates of this diet say that it can help with metabolic health and promote weight loss, but there are many ways to fast. When the consumer fasts, it is still important to drink water and non-caloric beverages, which can help with the hunger experienced. While eating, the participant should consume healthy foods, as they won’t truly get results with excessive junk food.
Since the eating schedule varies, it can be difficult to say how much weight can ultimately be lost with this diet, but some studies suggest that a loss of 10 pounds can take three to six months.
The Dr. Sebi Diet
The Dr. Sebi diet follows an entirely vegan eating regimen created by Alfredo Bowman aka Dr. Sebi. The herbalist and self-proclaimed healer stated that he believed it to be possible to cure any and all disease through a vegan-based diet, based on the alkaline diet. Still, consumers need to know that Dr. Sebi is not a doctor and that the name itself is a pseudonym. However, proponents state that following the regimen can alkalize the blood and eliminate toxic waste from the body.
There is a shortlist of approved foods that consumers can eat while following the Dr. Sebi diet, and participants must drink a gallon of water daily. Before any medications the user must take, they are required to use Dr. Sebi’s supplements. No animal products, alcohol, wheat products, canned fruits, or seedless fruits are permissible, and users should avoid microwave use. The diet doesn’t offer much protein to users, even from beans or lentils, which is crucial for the body.
This diet is not specifically created for the purpose of weight loss, but to rid the body of disease. Still, considering the amount of restriction, a recent study in New Zealand discovered that the average loss after six months was 26.6 pounds.
The Noom Diet
The Noom Diet has been lauded as a program that appeals to the millennial generation, allowing users to sign up on a health app to create healthier habits for long-term results. The app was created by behavioral psychologists, offering multiple services to users, including:
- A personalized calorie breakdown, after answering a lifestyle questionnaire
- A food tracking option, which can be accessed through a text search or a barcode scan
- Logs for exercise, weight, blood pressure, and blood sugar monitoring
- One-on-one health coaching
- Engaging articles and quizzes
The whole idea behind this program is essentially to “trick your body into building healthy habits, faster,” says Noom. This is one of the programs out there that encourages real foods that are rich in nutrients, and the app takes into consideration weight loss goals and other demographic information about the user for a healthy approach.
Consumers can download the Noom app from Apple’s App Store or Google’s Play store, but it’s not free. The Healthy Weight Program costs $44.99 monthly, while the Diabetes Prevention Program is available for $89.99. To see what the rules are and see if its the right fit, users can agree to a 14-day trial.
The 1200 Calories Diet
The 1200-Calorie Diet is another fairly self-descriptive regimen. As the title suggests, followers of this diet can only eat 1,200 calories daily, pushing the user to consume fewer calories than their body would typically burn in a day, forcing the metabolism to use stored fat for energy. Typically, this kind of diet is best for women over age 50 that don’t have an active lifestyle, but it can help anyone who engages in it.
The only real limit to this diet is the number of calories consumed, so consumers can beat the hunger pangs by separating their eating into multiple small meals throughout the day, rather than the classic breakfast, lunch and dinner. Foods with a high water content – soups, salads, fruits, etc. – can help the body to feel fuller, thus limiting caloric intake.
Considering how limited the calories are in this diet, there are many articles online about how to follow the regimen safely. More specifically, many doctors recommend not consuming less than 1,20 calories, since it becomes difficult to get all of the nutrients that the body needs.
A ketogenic diet, also referred to as the keto diet, is predominantly a low-carb eating plan, much like the Atkins diet. The eating plan centers around limiting carbohydrates to an extreme level and adding foods and recipes that have high fat content. In doing so, the participant forces their body into a state of ketosis.
When the body reaches this metabolic state, it resorts to burning fat for energy, since it has no carbohydrates to fulfill this need. The fat eaten during the diet becomes ketones for the liver, which then gives the brain energy, which eliminates the typical fatigue associated with other low-carb diets. Along with weight loss, following a keto diet also reduces blood sugar and insulin levels, along with many other health benefits.
There are a few different variations of the keto diet, depending on what suits the user’s needs. For instance, the standard keto diet must consist of 75% fat, 20% protein, and 5%. However, there’s also the targeted keto diet (adds carbs for workouts), the cyclical keto diet (includes 2 high-carb days), and the high-protein keto diet (consists of 60% fat, 35% protein, and 5% carbs).
Multiple studies have suggested that a keto diet causes two to three times the weight loss of a calorie restricted or diabetic diet.
The GOLO Diet
The GOLO diet is all about supporting weight loss through management of the body’s insulin levels. The GOLO diet has been featured on Dr. Oz, and the creators of this program advertise that the key problem in the diet industry is insulin resistance in the body, and some signs of having this condition include easily gaining weight and having trouble losing it. As a result, the team developed a formula called Release, which needs to be taken with each meal of the day.
GOLO for Life offers its entire program online, taking the consumer through a 30-day plan that rescues them from their weight loss woes. Developed by multiple medical professionals, the goal of the program is to reduce weight gain, which it does so through a series of techniques that increase the metabolism and force the body to use fat as energy. There are no counting calories, but all of the eating plans and activities focus on keeping insulin below a certain level.
During the GOLO for Life regimen, consumers support their weight loss with the use of their flagship Release supplement. Release can help with excessive hunger, cravings, stress, anxiety, and overall promotes a healthier metabolism and more energy. By purchasing the supplement through their website, you get access to their Metabolic Plan, which shows how to prepare meals ahead of time to reduce the likelihood of indulging in a takeout menu.
To ensure that customers get all of the necessary information to be successful on this plan, the purchase also comes with a free support by their coaches, along with discounts for repeated purchases. Unlike some other subscription programs, followers are given the freedom to purchase these remedies and continue their membership as long as they want with no automatic or recurring payments.
Along with taking the supplements, users will need to maintain a balanced diet and follow the regimen put forth by the program. Though GOLO offers a 60-day money-back guarantee, users will still have to ultimately cover $49.95 per bottle. With their purchase, the user gets free support from the customer service team and access to an e-Book called the GOLO for Life Plan, which details the best way to meal prep for a smaller grocery bill and how to keep losing weight while eating out.
The Dubrow Diet
The Dubrow Diet is a variation of intermittent fasting. Rather than requiring that the participant go entire 24-hour days with no food in their body, the program is more about time-restricted fasting, only allowing consumers to eat for a certain window of time during the day every day. Users can choose between 12 and 16 hours a day to fast, which means that they could ultimately cut calories, which has been shown to lead to weight loss.
Participants kick off the regimen with a “two- to five-day metabolic boot camp,” meant to stimulate the brain to only feeling hungry during the fasting hours. There’s no calorie cutting in this program, but the creators – reality TV couple Heather Dubrow (Real Housewives of Orange County) and Dr. Terry Dubrow (Botched) – have a few dietary recommendations. When the user eats throughout the feasting window, the Dubrows recommend:
- 2-3 servings of protein
- 2-3 servings of fat
- 1 serving of nuts, seeds, and snacks
- 1 serving of dairy
- 2-3 servings of vegetables
- 1-2 servings of fruit
- 1 serving of complex carbs
Upon reaching their goal weight, consumers are told to keep with a 12-hour fast for five days a week and a 16-hour fast twice a week indefinitely. Consumers can purchase a book with a more elaborate layout of what the plan entails as a hardcover book or as an e-book.
The Sirtfood Diet
The Sirtfood Diet has become rather trendy for its advocation of red wine and chocolate consumption, but its a little more complicated than that. A sirtfood is a food that is high in sirtuin activators, and sirtuins are proteins that basically keep the body’s cells from becoming inflamed. They have also been linked to increasing metabolism, increasing muscle, and burning fat.
On this diet, participants can have the red wine and chocolate that they are promised, but other sirtfoods include apples, parsley, strawberries, citrus fruits, green tea, kale, olive oil, and more. Coffee is another major sirtfood, which makes this diet one of the few that don’t push consumers to cut their morning brew out.
During the first week of this diet, users must cut down their calories to 1,000 a day, which includes three sirtfood green juices and one meal with multiple sirtfoods daily. Calories increase to 1,500 a day in the second week, including two green juices and two meals rich in sirtfoods. After that, it is up to the participant to decide how to keep balance in their daily life, though there is no shortage of sirtfood recipes available for ideas.
The No Carbs No Sugar Diet
The No Carbs No Sugar Diet requires exactly what the title suggests – no carbohydrates and no sugar-rich foods. There are plenty of challenges online to endure this type of regimen and many news publications that highlight Jennifer Lopez’s use of the regimen for a quick boost to her physique, though she only chose to keep it for a 10-day window.
The 10-day challenge became popular when JLo announced it on her Instagram page, and the concept is healthy when it is done with careful moderation. The average American consumed up to 150 pounds of sugar annually, and the elimination of this addictive substance can help reset the palate and create fast weight loss. To participate, the diet strictly prohibits:
- Starchy vegetables (potatoes, squash, beets, etc.)
- Baked goods
- Most fruit
- Condiments that contain sugar (ketchup, barbecue sauce, etc.)
- Real and artificial sweeteners
This type of diet is incredibly challenging, considering how hard it is to stick with a low-carb diet. There are many healthy carbohydrates that the body needs, which is why the National Center for Biotechnology and Information states that an extremely low carb diet should not be followed for more than six to 12 months.
The Endomorph Diet
The Endomorph Diet is one of the many diets that is focused on reducing carbohydrates but with a twist. Rather than eliminating carbohydrates, participants are told to avoid refined carbs specifically, while limiting other carbs that instantly release sugar in the bloodstream. Consumers with a low metabolism tend to convert extra calories into fat, which is why every food must be rich in nutrients, regardless of the calorie count.
During the endomorph diet, followers are encouraged to consume healthy fats, proteins, and the natural carbs that are found in fruits, vegetables, and high fiber foods. Some of these foods include fish, eggs, poultry, and low-fat dairy products. White bread, candies, baked goods, soft drinks, refined cereals, and other heavily processed foods are just some of the foods that should be avoided entirely or at least limited,
This diet plan focuses on consumers with an endomorph body type – wide waist, large bones, large hips, and generally round, regardless of height. This body type often struggles with weight loss, as well as gaining muscle mass, and have a slow metabolism. However, adding a workout regimen to this diet can help combat any plateaus.
Top Trending Diets in 2019: Final Word
There you have it folks! The top ten diets that led the way in terms of search interest and popularity in the eventful calendar year of 2019. Leave any valuable feedback and comments below to share your experiences if you have tried any of these popular diet programs and philosophies. As we continue to research more about the top searched diets of 2019, we are going to pay close attention to which trends start the 2020 year off with a bang as New Year's resolutions are right around the corner.