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What's the most searched weight loss diet?

health-and-fitness Updated: Dec 01, 2011 14:50 IST
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When it comes to weight-loss diets, the most sought-after search term among Bing users this year was Weight Watchers.

According to the lastest number-crunching by Microsoft's search engine Bing, users looking to shed some pounds turned to Weight Watchers for help, making it the most-searched diet plan over the last year, trouncing the Atkins Diet, Calorie Counting, HCG and the Cholesterol Diet. The report was released November 28.

Based on a points system that assigns different values to foods, Weight Watchers got a big boost of endorsement from consumer website US News & World Report this summer, when it was named the best weight-loss diet plan.

Weight lossConsumer Reports, however, had a different perspective and crowned Jenny Craig the best diet on the market this year, after a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 92 percent of the 332 Jenny Craig participants stuck with the program for two years.

Meanwhile, Google users looking to lose weight have been particularly interested in the HCG diet, as the hormone-based diet was the most popular weight-loss search term worldwide over the last 12 months as of November 29.

The HCG diet -- which stands for Human Chorionic Gonadotropin -- is based on a hormone produced by women during the early stages of pregnancy and is administered as a drop. The diet also prescribes that the drops be accompanied by a calorie-restricted diet.

Google users were also interested in the 4-Hour Body diet by Tim Ferriss, as it was the breakout search term over the last year. A "breakout" search means that the term experienced a change in growth greater than 5,000 percent.