When it comes to diets and weight loss in 2013, it was the year when calorie-counting was out - and carbohydrate restriction was in. Probiotics and gut bacteria became buzz words, and protein was praised. So what were the most popular weight loss plans of 2013? ABC News dished up the winning diet details on Dec. 25:
- "The Biggest Loser" made an impression. The plan shows that you can shed pounds at home by following the keys showcased by the participants who continue to lose weight on their own. The show's nutritionist has put the diet and exercise into a book: "The Biggest Loser 30-Day Jump Start: Lose Weight, Get in Shape, and Start Living the Biggest Loser Lifestyle Today" (click for details).
- Turning to religion, many dieters sought help in a faith-based weight loss program created by Pastor Rick Warren. Combining a weight loss plan with fitness, faith and friends, it's called "The Daniel Plan: 40 Days to a Healthier Life" (click for details).
- Celebrity-endorsed diets appealed to those who wanted to follow the lead of superstars like Jennifer Hudson and Jessica Simpson, who shed pounds with Weight Watchers. Read about Jessica's approach by clicking here.
- Parents became increasingly invested in keeping their children at a healthy weight. Diets for kids became a hot topic when Dara-Lynn Weiss forced her seven-year-old daughter to diet, chronicling the experiment in "The Heavy: A Mother, A Daughter, A Diet--A Memoir" (click for details).
Taking a different approach to analyzing diets in 2013: Registered dietitian Jennifer Sygo, who reported on Dec. 23 in the National Post that she felt the interest in low-carb, high fat ketogenic diets marked a sea change in the weight loss world.
"Low-carb, high-fat diets (LCHF) have officially gone mainstream. Low carb diets are even expected to become the foundation of Sweden’s new health and dietary guidelines," Jennifer noted.
In addition, these diets aren't just for those who want to lose weight. The Lakers adapted their own version of the plan, while UCSF researchers are examining it for help in reversing diabetes. Learn more by clicking the links below:
- Read about how the Lakers chose a low-carb Paleo diet.
- Learn why UCSF feel that high fat ketogenic diets can prove helpful for diabetes.
- Get a scientist's view on how low carb, high fat diets boost weight loss while maintaining muscle mass.