2013 Most Popular Meal Plans

Every year there are a slew of new, sometimes strange, eating trends that blow up in various circles. This year in eating, the top ten most googled diets are as follows:

10. Flexitarian Diet
Sure, the name sounds made up, but it works if you work it. Flexitarian–a flexible vegetarian: one who mostly avoids meat, but will gladly take down filet mignon or a golden roast chicken breast when the timing seems right and the sourcing seems reliable.

9. Pescetarian
Fish-eating vegetarian.

8. Fruititarian
Yep, people who eat. only. fruit. What? Turns out, this manner of eating has existed for centuries but is largely considered dangerous long-term. Eating only fruits means missing out on essential fatty acids, proteins, and a number of vitamins and minerals, not to mention the joy of popping into your mouth a warm, marinated and braised cube of organic beef.

7. Omnivore
The non-discriminatory eater: she who eats meat, plants, fruit, gluten, sugar, dairy, but does so as ethically as possible.

6. Okinawa Diet
I think I’m turnin’ Japanese, I really think so. This diet is for folks who believe they live longer and better in Japan. Fatty fish, salty broth, fresh vegetables, and oodles of noodles. Yum.

5. Ketogenic Diet
6 parts Paleo and 4 parts Ominvore, this eating plan consists of a mainly protein-based diet with a healthy dose of fat and a low percentage of carbohydrates. Originally created as a treatment plan for epilepsy, the Ketogenic diet has been embraced by healthy adults who consider it an effective weight loss plan.

4. Master Cleanse Diet
Lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper cocktail. That’s it. For 10 days. Sound good? It shouldn’t. Nothing about this “cleanse” is safe or effective, and it should, frankly, be avoided. Nutritionists say although you’ll be losing weight due to the sheer lack of calories, you will also be losing muscle, bone, and essential nutrients. The best cleanses are those prescribed by a professional nutritionist specifically for you.

3. Mediterranean Diet
Combining the food cultures of Greece, Italy, Spain, and neighboring islands, the Mediterranean diet consists mostly of fresh fruit and vegetables, polyunsaturated fats, nuts, beans, and seeds. A study in the Annals of Internal Medicine found improved health for over 10,000 women who followed this diet.

2. Juice Cleanse
Drinking only juiced fruits and veggies is the diet, although there isn’t much proven science to say this is at all beneficial.

1. Paleo Diet
Normally, I’d say if you haven’t yet heard the word Paleo, you must be living in a cave. However, in this instance, that’s likely the last place you’ve been living. This diet is all about eating the way cavemen ate, consuming only what can be harvested or hunted.


Additional Resources:The Most Popular Diets of 2012