5. The branded GOLO diet made a comeback in 2019, after being the top diet trend in 2016.
GOLO is a brand-name diet program that promises to help you lose weight by managing insulin with a dietary supplement, fitness plan, and eating plan.
The plan relies primarily on a proprietary supplement called “Release,” which claims to balance hormones, control glucose levels, and “optimize” insulin intake.
It also promotes common-sense principles like exercising regularly, eating whole, unprocessed foods, and limiting porition sizes to lose weight.
The whole package costs money though, with most plans starting around $50.
The science behind it is unclear — many of the studies showing the diet’s effectiveness were designed and funded by the company itself.
4. The 1,200-calorie diet strictly limits daily food intake.
Trending last January and gradually losing popularity throughout the year, the 1,200-calorie diet is exactly what it sounds like — limiting total daily food intake to 1,200 calories to lose weight.
3. The app-inspired Noom diet has stayed popular after trending in 2018.
Noom is a weight-loss app that provides users with individualized feedback.
App users enter in how much they weigh along with data on how often they’re exercising, eating, and sleeping. Then they get advice in personal and group messages from human coaches as well as access to online resources, like articles on how to eat local food and tips for sleeping better.
The app is getting good results for people with prediabetes: In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed Noom as one of its recommended, evidence-based, Type 2 diabetes prevention programs — a first for a smartphone app.
2. The Dr. Sebi diet had people exploring plant-based eating, but relies on bogus claims about “cleansing.”
The Dr. Sebi diet was inspired by a deceased herbalist who, although known by that title, was actually named Alfredo Darrington Bowman, and didn’t have a medical degree.
His nutritional plan is a version of the alkaline diet, which aims to restore the body’s pH level. Dr. Sebi’s specific plan relies on plant-based foods, which will allegedly “cleanse” the cells of mucus build-up. There’s no scientific evidence to back up these claims.
The specifics of the diet are hidden behind a paywall on the Dr. Sebi website, but the plan includes cutting out wheat, animal products and alcohol, and drinking a gallon of spring water a day.
The Dr. Sebi diet also recommends a list of branded products available on the brand’s website.
1. Intermittent fasting was the No. 1 diet trend of the year.
Intermittent fasting, or restricting your eating to a limited time period each day, was the most popular searched diet term of 2019, according to Google.
Styles of fasting vary — some people swear by eating within an eight-hour window, and fasting the other 16 hours of the day, while others will fast for two days a week, and eat normally the other five.
Increasingly, researchers are discovering that giving your gut a break now and then in this way can deliver huge health benefits.
Periodic fasting can help some people ward off diseases including diabetes, high cholesterol, and obesity while also boosting the production of a protein that strengthens connections in the brain and can serve as an antidepressant. It’s also been shown to help with weight loss, even if you don’t cut calories.
Side effects of fasting can be fatigue, muscle aches, and dizziness, though, and it’s not recommended for people with high calorie needs such as people who are underweight, younger than 18, or pregnant. It can also be dangerous for people at risk of eating disorders.
Scientists are at work on novel drugs that could one day mimic the health-boosting effects of being in a low-calorie state, without starving people.
We challenge you to try out the J Lo 10 Day Challenge to begin 2020 as well! Give it a go and get back to us on how effective it was for you!