The Worst Fad diets of 2014

With so many of us wanting to shed the Christmas weight, getting involved in a specific diet plan that seems like an easy quick fix seems like a really good option. However, these can be not only unhealthy but miserable too! We have assessed these diets, and rated them on how good they actually are for you, enjoy!


The 5:2 diet

This became popular in 2013 and entails eating whatever you like for five days a week, then fasting (we call it starving) for the other two days of the week (600 calories for men, 500 for women). The implications of this aren't great on your body. For a start, starving makes your  body metabolism slow down therefore store more fat.


Imagine your two says of starving, being tired, irritated and grumpy! 5/10


The Atkins diet

You can only do this if you like meat. High protein foods, that are high in fat is the way to do this diet. What's the catch? Carbs are strictly banned. This is a quick fix and long-term can be lethal for your body. You will be weak, your body NEEDS carbs! 2/10


The Master Cleanse/ Lemonade diet

No food. Just liquids. Sound fun? No, because it's not. Headaches, hunger, weakness and good old nutrient deficiencies come with this diet! All you eat is lemonade made from lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. 1/10















The Baby food diet

Baby food is intended for...well...babies! The Babyfood Diet, an Internet phenomenon rumoured to have been started by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, is a gimmick for cutting calories and controlling portions. It involves replacing one or two meals or snacks a day with baby food — jars of which range in calories from about 20 to 100.


This sounds pretty depressing to us. 2/10


The Grapefruit diet

This is a long-standing fad diet that we just can't seem to shift. Fans of it claim that grapefruit helps to burn fat if eaten with other foods. Health experts however say that this is false.


The diet also involves cutting back on carbs and sugar (so basically common sense) and claims you can shed 10 lbs in 10 days, which, in itself is unhealthy.



Not all diets are fad. Livsmarter have a specially forulated plan to help men lose weight healthily and keep it off!

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