The Top 10 Diets of 2016 According to Google

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Diet fads come and go like the seasons, yet we tend to fall for the latest trend every time. This year was no different. See how many of Google’s most-searched-for diet trends in 2016 you recognize. We’re betting some will surprise you!

10. Mono Diet

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The mono, or monotrophic, diet restricts your intake to just one food of your choice. Comedian and magician Penn Jillette ate only potatoes for two weeks, which led him to eventually lose 100 pounds over the course of 2015. However, no nutritionist would recommend the mono diet, holistic nutritionist Laura Lagano, R.D., tells Shape, because a single food cannot provide the variety of nutrients our bodies need to function.

9. Dukan Diet

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Millions of Europeans — including Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton — are on the Dukan Diet, a low-carb regimen created by Dr. Pierre Dukan. His book “The Dukan Diet” guides readers through four high-protein, low-fat phases.

8. Pizza Diet

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Hold the phone — people are eating pizza to lose weight? Earlier this year, New York City-based chef Pasquale Cozzolino made headlines when he dropped 100 pounds by eating pizza every day. Since then, similar stories have surfaced, including that of cyclist and bodybuilder Matt McClellan. But the secret to these diets isn’t all that advanced. By opting for healthier options like canned tomatoes instead of tomato sauce and dough made without butter or lard, the dieters were able to manage their calorie intake while satisfying their appetites.

7. Wild Diet

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“Fat-Burning Man” Abel James swears by the Wild Diet, which “focuses primarily on plant-based foods and bans processed carbs, but allows pastured meats, cheeses, butter and even chocolate,” according to ABC News. With this diet, you don’t count calories, avoid all processed foods, embrace fats and — when you feel like it — skip meals.

6. Dissociated Diet

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This diet’s odd name sums it up pretty nicely. You dissociate carbohydrates from proteins by eating them at separate meals. Supposedly, when they’re eaten together, you store more fat. However, according to a study published in the International Journal of Obesity, this theory lacks scientific proof, and the dissociated diet proved ineffective for fat loss.

Related: International Journal of Obesity -- Similar weight loss with low-energy food combining or balanced diets

5. Ketogenic Diet

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This no-carb, high-fat diet is a mainstream treatment for epilepsy. It tricks the body into starvation mode, “in which it burns fat, not carbs, for fuel,” Fred Vogelstein writes for New York Times Magazine. It's a process called ketosis. Although you can’t have any alcohol or sugar (goodbye, social life), you don’t have to count calories. And studies have shown that the ketogenic diet can potentially boost heart health by improving HDL cholesterol levels.

4. Atkins 40

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Who wouldn’t want to try the miracle diet that brought us Kim Kardashian’s post-baby body? The Atkins 40 gives the age-old, high-protein, low-carb diet a face-lift by relaxing the rules and letting dieters start with 40 grams of carbs a day instead of a meager 20.

3. Military Diet

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Also known as the 3-Day Diet, this weight-loss strategy all but promises that you can lose 10 pounds a week and have ice cream in the process. You consume between 1,100 and 1,400 calories a day for three days, then eat enough to maintain your weight the rest of the week. It’s a basic calorie-restriction plan, meaning that there’s nothing revolutionary about eating toast and tuna for lunch.

2. Taco Diet

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If you think your dreams are coming true because you can eat endless carnitas and carne asada tacos and still lose weight, you might want to think again: This diet is totally vegan. You get 75 different taco recipes to choose from — and guac is still on the menu.


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The GOLO diet takes the cake for being Google’s most-searched diet trend of 2016. This diet targets your levels of insulin, a hormone that regulates glucose absorption and affects your metabolism. GOLO’s Metabolic Fuel Matrix, a meal plan that promises to promote weight loss, along with the GOLO Release supplement, are said to help keep insulin in an optimal zone.

What Do YOU Think?

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What was the last health related thing you searched for on Google? Have you ever tried any of these weight-loss plans? If so, did it work? What do you think of diets in general? Are they effective in the long run? Let us know in the comments section!

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Diet fads come and go like the seasons, yet we tend to fall for the latest trend every time. This year was no different. See how many of Google’s most-searched-for diet trends in 2016 you recognize. We’re betting some will surprise you!


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