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Ketogenic Diet

Introduction The ketogenic diet originated in the 1920s as a way to treat difficult-to-control epilepsy in children, but with the introduction of effective anticonvulsant drugs in the 1930s, the diet approach fell to the wayside.  The-high fat, moderate protein, low carbohydrate diet approach remerged in the late 1980s with the popularity of low/no carbohydrate diet […]

Atkins Diet

Introduction Dr. Robert C. Atkins first introduced the Atkins Diet in the early 1970s.  The program enjoyed sporadic popularity over the next few decades, gathering a strong following in the 1990s with his best-selling book Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution.  It has been estimated that over 20 million people worldwide have tried the diet, and […]

The Juice Diet

Introduction Juice Diets are a form of detox dieting generally used to help cleanse the body and jump-start metabolism.  In simple terms, it is a form of extreme fasting.  While some people do stay on juice diets for long periods, most of these programs were not designed as long-term weight loss solutions.  If you intend […]

Alkaline Acid Diet

Introduction The Alkaline Diet, also known as the Acid Alkaline Diet, Alkaline Acid Diet, and the Alkaline Ash Diet, is an approach to eating that has been around in some form or another since the early 1920s.   This is not a unified diet, but a general theory of eating based loosely on the belief […]

The 3-Hour Diet

Introduction Fitness professional, journalist and author Jorge Cruise is the creator of the 3-Hour Diet.  Cruise has authored several books on the idea that the timing of meals makes a difference when it comes to losing weight. Promise You can lose up to 2 pounds of fat a week, without losing muscle, by simply timing […]

Mediterranean Diet

Introduction The Mediterranean Diet (MD) was inspired by the traditional dietary patterns of the sixteen or so countries in the Mediterranean region.    First publicized in 1945 by American doctor Ancel Keys, the diet gradually gained attention and then popularity in the 1990s.  The plan, which delivers as much as 40 percent of total daily […]

Master Cleanse Diet

Introduction In 1941, alternative medicine performer Stanley Burroughs introduced the world to the Master Cleanse Diet.  While erroneously referred to as a diet, the program is actually a body and mind detoxification program, which gained popularity in the 1990s when Peter Glickman mentioned the program in his book, Lose Weight, Have More Energy & Be […]

Liquid Diet

Introduction There definitely is no shortage of liquid diet plans out there today.  Considering that consumers spend over $1 billion a year on these types of diet plans, business continues to boom as consumers search for that quick weight loss fix.  Unfortunately, these programs may provide temporary weight loss, but the slew of accompanying health […]

The 3-Day Diet

Introduction The internet has been instrumental in extending the shelf life of this particular fad diet.  Since 1985, this diet has floated around, rearing its ugly head, and spawned a variety of 3-day diet approaches, many of which are no better than this one.   Promise Loose up to 10 pounds in just three days. Premise […]