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The Top 5 Diets to Try in 2014

24 Jun 2014

From the simple to the bizarre, we reveal the eating plans taking the spotlight this year

Gwyneth Paltrow's tried the Bonus Years Miracle Food Diet

1. The Bonus Years Miracle Food Diet
Devised by physician and chef Dr Felder, this eating plan is based on consuming various combinations of seven ‘miracle’ foods that can allegedly add an average of 6.4 years to your life for men and 4.8 years for women. By following meal plans that include these seven valuable products, the idea is that you’ll not only lose weight but will also adopt a healthier lifestyle, protecting your body from no end of illnesses and health problems. The seven foods, which include fish, nuts and vegetables, will help feel fuller for longer so you won’t want to binge. More than 125 recipes can be created from the seven ingredients, so you’re unlikely to get bored – just be prepared to put aside preparation time. Gwyneth Paltrow and Oprah Winfrey have recently tried it, although we predict they have their own chefs to create the recipes for them, making it slightly easier!
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Sample Meal Plan
Oatmeal with cranberries and almonds
Lunch: Chickpea salad with chicken
Dinner: Roasted salmon with Shanghai red sauce and broccoli, followed by four cubes of dark chocolate

2. The DASH Diet
The DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet was originally developed by doctors to lower their patients’ blood pressure, and its focus on eating the right foods in the correct portions means it’s actually great for weight loss. The programme, which Jennifer Hudson used to help her embark on a healthier lifestyle, is split into phases. The first 14 days teach you how to satisfy your hunger, eating foods that will make you fuller for longer, while cutting out sugar and including wholegrains, which will help to regulate your blood sugar. This phase is when you will have the greatest weight loss, of up to 10lb. The second phase focuses on incorporating the diet into your lifestyle. While you will continue to eat the foods from phase one, you can also begin to gradually reintroduce some other healthy food groups, being careful to stay away from non-natural sugars.
INFO: The DASH Diet Weight Loss Solution book contains more than 100 recipes, so you’ll never get bored! Dhs86,

The DASH diet helped Jennifer Hudson 

Sample Meal Plan
Breakfast: Hardboiled egg with spinach
Lunch: Tuna salad with oil and vinegar dressing
Dinner: Roasted sliced turkey with sautéed carrots and onion

3. The Hungry Girl 
Devised by nutritionists working with the health writer Lisa Lillien, author of The Hungry Girl, this diet became huge in the US after the accompanying book was released just last month. The Hungry Girl Diet works by encouraging you to eat larger portions of the ‘right’ foods so you don’t get peckish and snack on the naughty ones in between meals. Approved by dietitians, this plan is about satisfying your appetite so you’re not constantly thinking about food. The four-week plan, popular with Zooey Deschanel and famous food lover Cara Delevingne, promises to help you lose about 10lb in four weeks. In the book, you’ll find a detailed plan to follow, including dos and don’ts and recipes. The main aim is not to go above your calorie limit, then watch the weight fall off!
INFO: Download The Hungry Girl Diet App for free on iTunes

Cara Delevingne's a Hungry Girl fan

Sample Meal Plan
Breakfast: Warm quinoa with blueberries and strawberries
Lunch: Philadelphia cheese and steak-stuffed bell peppers
Dinner: Chicken stuffed with vegetables and cheese 

4. Clean 9 
The Clean 9 detox programme is strictly for hardcore dieters. Ahlan! Fashion and Beauty Editor Lindsay tried it out and it really does work, but it’s not easy! The initial nine-day regime involves drinking aloe vera gel and taking supplements and shakes as well as eating healthy meals. The aloe is designed to cleanse your body of toxins, while the supplements and meals will help with weight loss. Once you’ve completed the nine-day phase, you’ll incorporate the Clean 9 system into your lifestyle as you continue to follow its healthy  recipes, combining them with of exercise. Drinking plenty of water throughout this detox is essential and you’ll have to put your social life on hold while you do it!
INFO: The Clean 9 pack costs from Dhs480. To find your nearest stockist, ring 04 2994800 or email

Sample Meal Plan
Warm quinoa with blueberries and strawberries
Lunch: Philadelphia cheese and steak-stuffed bell peppers
Dinner: Chicken stuffed with vegetables and cheese 

5. The Werewolf Diet 
This bizarre concept involves consuming only liquid on days when there is a full Moon. The werewolf diet, which already has Demi Moore hooked, claims to help you shed about 6lb in just one day! The plan is based on the assumption that the Moon affects the amount of water stored in our bodies, and that using this can help you to lose weight. Although there are numerous variations of the diet, they essentially involve a liquid cleanse for a few days of the month; either at the full Moon, or beginning of a Moon phase. They claim that undergoing a liquid fast during this time will enable toxins to be removed from your body more easily, aiding weight loss. 

Demi Moore's hooked to the Werewolf Diet

Sample Meal Plan 
(non-liquid-diet days)
Breakfast: Muesli with banana slices
Lunch: Chicken salad with light oil dressing
Dinner: Salmon with steamed broccoli and asparagus