10 best and WORST diets of 2014

Last year, it was impossible to pick up a newspaper, turn on the TV, or browse your tablet or smartphone without coming across a new diet craze – and this year looks to be no different.

Here are the diet trends that everyone’s going to be talking about this year, and our take on whether they are worth a go.

The DASH diet

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Voted as the best diet for the 4th year in a row by the US News and World report, this diet is basically eating healthily with a cool acronym. You eat mainly meat, fruit, veg and grains and shun foods high in salt, sugar and fat. Sounds like the perfect runner’s diet to us!

GI Diet

Low Glycemic Diet Guide

Foods are given a ‘GI’ rating, which tells you how quickly they release their sugar into the blood stream. Dieters stick to ‘low GI’ carbs, which release their energy slowly, supposedly helping you to feel fuller for longer. Healthy carbs such as oats are encouraged whilst refined carbs and sugar are avoided. While this diet might seem great for runners, the GI of the food isn’t necessarily the best indicator of its nutritional value; chocolate has a lower GI than some veg.

The Volumetric diet

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Foods are ranked on their density, in other words how full they make us feel for how many calories they contain. Dieters are encouraged to eat more very low density foods, like fruit and veg, and less medium and high density food (think cheese and chips). This is a good idea for anyone who struggles to control weight and appetite.

The Paleo Diet

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Find your inner caveman and feed them! Eat as much animal protein as you like and avoid sugar, grains, legumes and dairy. The Paleo diet was the most searched for diet in 2013 and this trend looks set to continue this year. Nothing that can be hunted, fished or gathered is off limits. Beware though, it’s not as perfect as it sounds; runner’s may feel tired on the low-carb diet and the high levels of protein could have negative consequences on kidney and bone health.

The 5:2 Diet

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Who hasn’t heard of this one? Eat normally for five days and diet for two, intermittent fasting is claimed to have massive benefits for weight loss as well as increasing life span and improving brain function. You can eat normally for most of the week as long as you eat 500 calories or less for two days. This might make it easier to adhere to but beware if you overeat on the other days you won’t get the results you expect. The jury’s still out about the health risks of this diet so best to consult a doctor before starting.

The Dukan Diet

Dukan-Diet

You can eat as much as you like from a list of 72 reasonably low fat, protein rich foods like eggs and turkey. However, this diet is complicated to follow with four phases. Phase one bans veg and seriously restricts fat and it’s not nutritionally balanced. It might lead to quick weight loss but side effects such as bad breath, dizziness and insomnia have been reported. The founder of this diet was banned from being a GP…if that’s not a warning sign we don’t know what is.

Alkaline diet

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Famous with celebrities like Gywneth Paltrow, the alkaline diet is based around the thinking that modern diets cause too much acid production. Followers claim that high levels of acidity in the body contribute to diseases such as osteoporosis and heart disease. By eating more fruit and veg and other alkaline foods, this diet supposedly counteracts that.  However, it’s argued that the body regulates acidity regardless of diet. Even if the theory isn’t sound this diet still includes a lot of healthy foods and is unlikely to harm health.

The Atkins Diet

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The Atkins diet has come under a lot of controversy in recent years but it just isn’t going away. Dieters follow a diet that includes red meat, butter, cream and cheese. Sound like a dieters dream? You’ll have to shun carbs completely and deal with side effects like bad breath, tiredness, nausea and constipation – lovely. The diet isn’t nutritionally balanced and meal choices are limited. It has been linked to heart disease and high cholesterol and its inventor famously died of a heart attack. Proceed with caution.

Flexitarian

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Flexitarians aren’t as strict as vegetarians but follow a diet that is largely meat-free. They rely on vegetable proteins rather than meat. It’s no coincidence that vegetarians are, on average, thinner and this diet can lead to weight loss and lower blood pressure and cholesterol. However, weight loss isn’t guaranteed if you don’t reduce total calories.

Master cleanse diet

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Yep, the list had to feature one hard core juice cleanse. Apparently a favourite of Beyonce, this diet requires short periods of just drinking lemonade mixed with maple syrup and cayenne pepper, bleurgh. This is meant to ‘detox’ the body but has a high risk of fainting, tiredness and binging when it’s over. We’ll stick to real food, thanks.

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