During a year where our usual eating habits were thrown into disarray, working (and snacking) from home became the norm and queueing at our favourite coffee shop for a morning latte and a pastry faded into a distance memory, it's fair to say that maintaining a healthy balance hasn't always been a easy — or a first priority.
However, whether you did Joe Wicks until you were covered in sweat, or just went easy on yourself (which is perfectly fine, we're in a pandemic after all), it seems that we all still maintained one thing in common: we didn't stop Googling the best diets.
When it comes to dieting, it can be hard to decide which method is right for you with endless choices out there. From keto to intermittent fasting and Whole30, which has piqued our interest most this year? By utilising Google search volumes from Ahrefs, Golfsupport.com has revealed the highest trending diets this year
So, if you're looking for a way to get back-on-track and feel healthier, or you're just interested in switching things up, here are the top 10 diet trends of 2020 so far.
Coming in at the top as the highest trending diet is keto, with a whopping 25.4 million searches this year alone — the equivalent of 69,682 online searches a day.
The ketogenic diet (keto for short) is a low-carb, high-fat diet that gets your body to use fat as a form of energy and is said to offer many health benefits. Some of the benefits are said to improve acne and support weight loss.
Following behind in second place is intermittent fasting with 11.7 million searches to date — this diet is used by many to lose weight, enhance their health and live longer.
Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating which has been endorsed by many celebrities including Jennifer Aniston and Halle Berry.
In third place is the paleo diet with 3.8 million searches so far this year. The paleo diet is a dietary plan based on food eaten by those during the Palaeolithic era. The reason for this is because hunter-gatherers are presumed to have lived with lower rates of lifestyle disease, obesity and diabetes.
Other diet trends that made the list include:
4th: DASH Diet – 2 million searches
5th: Atkins Diet – 1.5 million searches
6th: Military Diet – 954,000 searches
7th: Sirtfood Diet – 927,000 searches
Despite being around since 2009, Whole30 has recently gained a huge amount of popularity. Bagging eighth place with 558,000 searches so far, this diet is designed to change the way you feel and eat within 30 days. From Busy Phillips to Miley Cyrus and Megan Fox, this diet has been tried — and endorsed — by a whole hoard of celebrities.
In ninth place is the alkaline diet with 549,000 searches this year. This diet is based on the principles that replacing acid-forming foods with alkaline foods will improve your health. It is said to help improve kidney health, improve back pain and prevent osteoporosis.
Completing the top 10 diet trends of 2020 so far is the Noom Diet, with 540,000 searches currently. Of the diets on the list, Noom is the most modern. It uses an app and has been likened to having a trainer, health coach and nutritionist all in one place. The aim of the app is to create behavioural changes centred around food and exercise. With a 4.6 rating and over 16,000 reviews it may be a diet worth considering.
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