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Best Diets for 2014

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OK so we admit it, great hair can only go so far to helping you feel amazing. Feeling your best is made up of many little things and maintaining a healthy weight and good diet is one of the biggest components.

 

The dieting market is booming yet again, but it seems it is more than just the usual seasonal fad this time around. Research from trade magazine The Bookseller reports that the sales of fitness and diet books are up by 57% compared with the sales of 2012. In part the significant increase in diet book sales can be put down to a new emerging market – more and more men are now following their female counterparts and buying diet books.

 

Today we look at the best diets for 2014, and if the research cited above is correct, getting your partner to agree to join you in a new healthy eating plan might not be as hard as you first thought.

 

 

Intermittent Fasting Diet

Intermittent fasting has become a phenomenon in the UK and follows the 5:2 plan of eating. The rules of the IF diet say that you can eat more or less whatever you like for five days of the week, and the fast for two days, taking in a reduced amount of around 500 calories on a fasting day.

 

The Caveman Diet

This method of dieting is also know as the Paleo Diet. The idea behind it is to only eat the foods that humans have evolved to eat before the relatively recent boom in processed foods. This diet is full of specific foods - meat, fish, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits and roots – all the natural products we can find.  Highly processed foods such as sugar, refined fats and dairy are not allowed.

 
Japanese Diet

The Japanese diet is followed by celebrities such as Victoria Beckham and with good reason. The Japanese are more likely to live to 100 than any other nation on Earth so it is believed following a Japanese diet will help to extend your life, improve your health and help you lose some weight too.

On this diet you eat a traditional Japanese menu with lots of fish, tofu, bamboo shoots, seaweed, and small amounts of meat for extra protein. It is important to steam most of your food rather than to fry or roast it as this provides much healthier and lower fat meals. Use spices to add in extra flavour.

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