The Most Popular Diets Of 2012

[ 0 ] January 8, 2013 |

The Canada metro recently published a list of what it claims were the most popular diets in 2012. The ones that made the list were:

  1. Paleo Diet
  2. Cabbage Soup Diet
  3. Atkins Diet
  4. HCG Diet
  5. Gluten Free Diet
  6. Dukan Diet
  7. South Beach Diet
  8. 17 Day Diet
  9. Dash Diet

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Now the actual wording is: “Here are the top 10 most-searched diets of 2012, according to Yahoo! Canada” so these findings suggest that this was only from the one source “Yahoo Canada”.

This prompted me to do some further digging to see just how popular each one of these diets were in 2012 in the United States according to Google’s Data.

Psst: Funny how the FADs tend to trend and the ones that are more lifestyle and sustainable seem to remain fairly steady! Hmm!

#1 Paleo Diet

paleo diet

The Paleo diet takes us back to caveman times before agriculture and supermarkets and processed food etc. Basically you eat meat, fish, nuts, seeds, fruit and veg and avoid refined and processed food, dairy and grains. Simples!

#2 Cabbage Soup Diet

cabbage soup diet

This is a 7 day crash diet that sees you eating nothing but vegetable soup to lose a lot of weight fast. You are not getting in your required nutrients with this diet so I do not like or recommend it.


#3 Atkins Diet

atkins diet

You must know what this is surely? haha! Ok it is the famous low carb diet that says high fat foods are ok. There is a lot of debate around this diet with many for and many against.

To be honest I think if done properly and your nutirent levels are good and fats are from good sources of fat not bad, then this diet could be a good choice. The problem is there are too many marketed products and different versions of it nowadays and unless you know what you are doing then you could end up following an eating plan that is less than healthy. I’d look more to Paleo.


#4 HCG Diet

hcg diet

This diet is based around a very low calorie diet combined with a product called HCG. It is touted as dangerous so is not recommended.


#5 Gluten Free Diet

gluten free

Gluten is usually cut out of a diet of smeone that is intolerent to it which means it causes them stomach problems and headaches along with some other side effects. It is found in grains and people claim cutting it out has led to relief of their symptoms and improved health benefits.


#6 Dukan Diet

dukan diet

Another variation of the low carb eating plan consisting of 4 phases where you add foods to each phase. There are no restrictions to the allowed foods so you can eat as much as you like.


#7 South Beach Diet

south beach

Another low carb diet but this one tries to focus on good fats and snacks throughout the day. It was originally designed to help prevent heart disease in addition to losing weight.


#8 17 Day Diet

17 day diet

This diet, as the name suggests, is made up of 17 day long phases followed by a maintenance cycle. It claims to see followers lose weight fast and boost metabolism. It’s another FAD really and not, in my opinion, sustainable as a lifestyle and the trend seems to agree!


#9 Dash Diet

dash diet

Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension is what it stands for and claims it could lower blood pressure in as little as 2 weeks. Although not strictly touted as a weight loss plan, due to it consisting of whole grains, fruit, veg and low fat dairy and meat products, people following the diet do tend to experience some level of weight loss.


Number Of Searches For Each Diet In 2012

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Above is the approximate search volume (number of searches) in Google by month for each one of the diet terms listed above. The monthly searches column is the average. So as you can see from this the revised table of the most popular diets for the USA based on data from Google for the same ones listed above is:

  1. Paleo
  2. HCG
  3. Atkins
  4. Gluten Free
  5. South Beach
  6. Dukan
  7. 17 Day Diet
  8. Cabbage Soup Diet
  9. Dash Diet

If I had to pick one I’d pick Paleo but choose the one that you think suits you the most if you are thinking of trying any of these . . but whatever you do, please do NOT choose one of the dangerous crash diets!

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Kate x

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Kate Robinson is a country girl who never had to worry about her weight until she piled on the pounds in her twenties. After years of depression, self pity, binge eating and yo yo dieting, she finally managed to lose 71 pounds and got back her figure and her life! The experience affected her so much that she vowed to help as many people as possible to do the same. Kate teamed up with some industry experts to provide the right information and support when you need it most.

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