Over the years, we’ve seen some strange fad diets sweep the internet. In fact, these fads started a long time before the internet arrived and you’ll probably find some weird trends in traditional magazines and TV ads. For example, here are three of the most popular fad diets from years gone by;
- 1961: Sego – If we told you the flavors included chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry, you’re probably excited. If we said ‘baby formula with water’ was one description of Sego, that excitement probably fades a little (or a lot!).
- 1974: Cookie Diet – Wait, we can eat cookies and lose weight at the same time? This was the trend of 1974 and it even reached the stars in Hollywood. Packed with protein, the idea was to limit hunger. Instead, it just created a calorific deficit which can be achieved just as well without relying on cookies.
- 1996: Dr. D’Adamo’s Blood Type Diet – Despite no science suggesting that our blood types play a role in what we should and shouldn’t eat, this particular doctor’s book sold a whopping seven million copies of his Blood Type Diet Book in the mid to late 1990s.
These trends came, they caused a stir of excitement, and then went away again. Meanwhile, there are five diet trends that have remained relevant since their introduction!
1. Atkins Diet
Developed by Dr. Robert C. Atkins, the Atkins diet is all about keeping carbohydrates low while increasing both fats and proteins. Although it has received many waves of popularity over the years, the diet was actually first created in 1972. As the Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution was released, it quickly gained attention because it asked participants to eat correctly rather than less.
Suddenly, bread, pasta, and milk were replaced by meats, cheeses, and eggs.
2. Ketogenic Diet
Again, this is another diet that has a long history. In fact, the use of fasting and metabolism have both been utilized by humans for hundreds of years. In 2019, it’s enjoying a fresh wave of popularity thanks to support from LeBron James, Kim Kardashian-West, and Gwyneth Paltrow. The Keto diet still produces results for people looking for weight loss and diet alternatives.
Essentially, the diet revolves around increasing fat consumption and reducing carbs. When your intake of carbs reduces, and protein is moderated, the body produces ketones. By choosing food groups carefully in a diet plan, the body switches its fuel source to fat; therefore, we lose weight.
Do we really need to explain? For many years, Weight Watchers has been a leading organization in the weight loss niche, and it continues today. With this strategy, every food has a point value and the idea is to stick to a certain point allocation per day. Along with exercise counseling, they help people to achieve their weight and fitness goals.
4. Mediterranean Diet
After noticing the health and average age of people around the Mediterranean – including Southern Italy, Greece, and Spain – this diet was created. With evidence the diet can reduce the risk of heart disease, it involves some key principles;
- Lots of legumes, olive oil, fruits, unrefined cereals, and vegetables
- Moderate wine consumption
- Plenty of fish
- Moderate amounts of dairy
- Very few non-fish meats
This diet is definitely a pleasure to eat if you enjoy olives, wine, seafood, fruits, and vegetables. Eating Mediterranean foods is definitely a pleasure.
5. Paleo Diet
Before a world of technology and processed food, our ancestors would hunt and gather food. For those on the paleo diet, they don’t quite do the same, but they do follow similar foods that would have been eaten during the hunter-gatherer days. With leafy greens and meats, the diet is supposed to reduce inflammation, boost energy levels, and stabilize blood sugar.
Will any modern diets ever challenge these five? Only time will tell. One thing is for certain; social media certainly makes it easier to share great diet trends (as well as strange ones!) and this could play a role! Diet isn’t the only thing you should be considering thought if you have weight loss goals. Exercise is equally important, if not more important for your health. Finding something you love to do is a great way to stay challenged and stay fit at the same time. At Boxing Incorporated, we offer many varieties of classes that include Boxing, Sparring, MMA, Jiu-Jitsu, Kickboxing, Crossfit, and Muay Thai. While we have classes for professional athletes that train in Tucson, most of our classes are filled with everyday people training to lose weight, stay fit, and have fun doing it. For those that need an extra push to get motivated or to learn how to workout properly, we have a staff of personal trainers here in Tucson that can help you reach your weight loss goals through proper diet and exercise. Tucson is full of average gyms, but we are far from average. Come on down for a free class and learn why so many other Tucson residents are closing their memberships on their old gyms and joining Boxing Inc.