It seems like every year these absurd New Year’s diet plans pop up everywhere. Promises of weight loss, muscle gain, fat melting…you name it, we’ve heard of it. Except for when we haven’t heard of it. The fat melting what? The what diet?
I find myself uncertain what new fad diets entail pretty regularly, so this year I investigated some popular ones. After googling “new years diet plans” I found four diet plans that you might want to know about before your client does.
1. Total 10 Rapid Weight Loss Plan (Dr. Oz)
This diet regimen limits food to high protein and low carb options. You make the detox broth, a vegetable soup from which all vegetables are removed (fiber, where are you?) that you can consume unlimited amounts of, and focus on vegetables and protein. The ultimate goal is to wean yourself off wheat, sugar, alcohol and caffeine, among other things. Like the majority of Dr. Oz fads, this diet holds very little sway in my book. Yes, it’s only a two week regimen and you are incorporating more fruits and vegetables, but it doesn’t encourage exercise, I question the science that this is fundamentally based on and it doesn’t teach healthy eating habits. Ultimately, your client may lose a few pounds but will probably but them back on when he or she returns to normal eating habits.
2. New Years Meal Plan (Women’s Health Mag)
This diet plan is more meal planning than anything else. It gives you 10 meals and 28 snacks that, when combined correctly, provide you with 1500 calories a day. This amount is fine for most women, but certainly not all. While I appreciate the workout goal component of this program and how balanced it is, I don’t like that they promote prepared foods and focus on sweets as rewards. Personally, I would try to steer clients away from prepared foods and towards more fresh options. These are naturally balanced in sugar and fiber, and have much less sodium than even low-sodium prepared foods.
3. Crush Your Resolution (Men’s Fitness)
This meal plan I actually think is pretty useful. They encourage high fiber and protein without eliminating carbohydrates. The shopping list is comprised of whole grains, vegetables, fruits, lean proteins and healthy fats. Additionally, they provide a workout program and don’t seem to limit calories the same way the other diet programs do. Overall, I would give this workout plan a thumbs up if your client is committed to exercising and adopting a healthy lifestyle.
There are tons of other diet plans that are only just popping up. What are some of the craziest ones you’ve heard of?