2010 was the year of new diets embraced by celebrities and thus by commoners, promising effortless weight loss. And with the new year upon us, everyone will be tempted to try a magic diet to lose the extra kilos gained over the holidays. But beware of the following five diets because they are as tricky as they can get.
1. Maple syrup diet
Favored by Naomi Campbell, this diet involves drinking a mixture of maple syrup, lemon juice, water and cayenne pepper. This supposedly boosts the metabolism and is supposed to be drunk in half-pint measures up to nine times a day. But this diet has no nutritional value, as it lacks proteins, fibre, vitamins and minerals. The weight loss effect is due to the fact that during this diet, the daily calorie intake would fall below 600 calories per day, which is very dangerous for our health and requires medical supervision.
2. Baby food diet
Adults should act like one and not eat baby food. But this diet is Hollywood’s newest invention and it became a hit this year amongst celebrities such as Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and even some of the “Desperate Housewives”. This diet involves eating up to 14 jars of baby food daily, supplemented by an occasional adult meal and it relies on portion control and calorie restriction since baby food has few calories. But what about chewing, which practically gives us the feeling of fullness and satiety?
3. Cabbage soup diet
This diet has been invented years ago but it’s this year that became famous thanks to stars such as Sarah Michelle Gellar of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”. However, despite its fame, this diet is not scientifically proved and definitely doesn’t burn fat as it claims. The weight loss is due to the water loss and restricted calories. It involves eating homemade cabbage soup almost exclusively, which will probably give you wind and detest meal times. Besides, it is nutritionally deficient.
4. Blood group diet
Although promoted by Cheryl Cole, this diet is totally inefficient and leads to calcium deficiency, which can increase your risk of bone fractures. It is based on pseudo science, it requires eating no dairy products, or some, or only meat and no wheat or grains and it claims that different nutrients are broken down in the body based on the body’s blood type. For instance, those who have blood group A should adopt a vegetarian-based diet and eliminate completely dairy products from their diet. Blood group B – a more varied intake of food and the only blood group able to “manage” dairy products; blood group AB – a combination of diets A and B and for blood Group O – high meat intake, no dairy, no wheat, no grains.
5. Dukan diet
Reportedly followed by Katherine Jenkins and embraced as a life style by many politicians, film stars and high-profile models, including Gisele Bundchen and Jennifer Lopez, this diet has no scientific support. It was invented by French nutritionist Dr Pierre Dukan ten years ago but became famous only in 2010 when it reached Hollywood, Bollywood, Paris and London. This diet promises permanent slimness while eating what you like.
In fact, the diet is based on four stages, the first being protein based only. And if you stick to these four stages for a long period of time you can go back to your unrestrained free eating, with one condition: you must have one protein only day (Dukan suggests a Thursday) every week for the rest of your life.