5 alternate diets we followed this year

  • Deekshita Baruah, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 25, 2014 18:08 IST

Let's get this straight; it is not easy for an Indian to maintain the ideal weight with the number of festivals and celebrations in the country.

And diets alone don't work as a sustainable solution to obesity. However, clubbing it with a strict workout routine can lead to holistic growth.

This year, we saw the likes of Sonakshi Sinha losing oodles of weight with a strict fitness regime and then, there were the ones like Deepika Padukone and Anushka Sharma who maintained their svelte figures.

Now, how do they do it? Well, it's no rocket science right? Special devised diet meals can do the trick for anybody.

We list down 5 alternate diets that made the rounds among fitness freaks this year.

Alkaline Diet
Of course, the idea behind Alkaline Diet is to lose weight, but it also aims to relieve you from pain brought on by conditions such as arthritis by restricting your diet to include only high-alkaline foods (raw spinach, green vegetables, nuts and pulses).


Alkaline Diet curbs the intake of meat and fish, dairy, tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol.

The idea behind this diet is that your body finds it easier to process everything you eat. Fact file: The human body finds it tricky to break down acidic food and so by introducing foods that sit between 7.35 and 7.45 on the pH scale, alkaline diet gives you more energy and prevents bloating.

In January, designer Victoria Beckham who is a follower of alkaline diet tweeted a picture of a cookbook Eating The Alkaline Way: "Love this healthy eating cookbook!!"

The caveman inspired Paleo Diet

Paleo diet insists that you eat like a caveman. However, it's important to get it right or else the diet can cause adrenal fatigue, infertility and carb flu. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/12/paleo.jpg

The ideal food chart includes grass-fed meats, seafood, fruits, vegetables, eggs, nuts, seeds, healthy oils (walnut, flaxseed and coconut).

The aim is to heal the gut as nutritionists believe that if you heal your gut, you can tackle most of the modern lifestyle diseases.

This nutrition based diet is a contemporary take on the food our ancestors ate in the Paleolithic era. It advises abstaining from cereal grains, legumes, dairy, refined sugar, potatoes, processed foods, refined vegetable oils and processed food.

Hollywood bombshell Jessica Biel stays healthy with a paleo diet.

Juice Cleanse Diet

Popular with Hollywood celebrities, Master Cleanse is seen as a quick fix for weight loss and a method of flushing toxins out of the body by consuming juice made from raw fruits and veggies. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/12/juice-cleanse.jpg

Depending on the type of cleanse, the diet typically last anywhere from 3-days to 3-weeks. Although there's a lot of controversy involved, ardent followers believe it is safe as long as you check with your doctor and keep it to three days at a time.

From time to time, supermodel Miranda Kerr loves to stay hydrated with this diet.

Gluten-free diet

It's just a myth that cutting out gluten will help one eat better or lose weight. It makes sense if you suffer from Celiac disease: it can help reduce risk of heart disease, certain cancers, and other health-related conditions, like diabetes. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/12/gluten-free.jpg

Nevertheless, this year we saw a craze for gluten-free diet.

This diet encourages the consumption of beans, seeds and nuts (in natural, unprocessed form), eggs, meats, fish, fruits, vegetables and most dairy products.

Miley Cyrus who has gone the gluten-free way, earlier this year tweeted: "It's not about weight it's about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!"

The Eco-Atkins Diet

This one is a low-carb diet, but plant-based. It's harder to follow as the eco-atkins diet is more restrictive- you are not supposed to have any red meat or bad carbs like white bread and pastries. http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2014/12/atkins.jpg

Loading up on fatty, cholesterol-loaded meats and cheeses is a complete no-no. Look at the brighter side; it's good for your heart.

Fact file: The diet ensures that you eat you eat 31% of your calories from plant proteins, 43% of them from plant fats, and the remaining 26% from good carbs.

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