Losing weight is always one of the main New Year's resolutions as people yearn to start the year off getting healthy. The paleo diet is a diet that many may try, considering it was the most googled diet of 2013. It sounds quite beneficial, as it endorses eating foods similar to those our hunter-gatherer ancestors consumed about 2.5 million years ago, during the Paleolithic era. According to Dr. Loren Cordain, one of the world’s leading experts on the natural human diet, it entails eating the foods of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. According to his research, hunter-gatherers were able to avoid obesity, cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, atherosclerosis), type 2 diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases , osteoporosis, acne, myopia (nearsightedness), macular degeneration, glaucoma, varicose veins, hemorrhoids, diverticulosis, gastric reflux, and gout -- all diseases and conditions that have reached epidemic proportions in Western societies, by eating foods such as fresh meats, fruits, vegetables, and healthy oils, such as avocado and olive.
While this diet sounds test-worthy, what are some diets that you should avoid in 2014?
The Ice Cube Diet
Apparently ice tastes just as good as food. Renee Zellweger, who is as well known for her movie roles as she is for her weight, took on this extreme diet. It involves eating ice cubes throughout the day to curb hunger. “As long as I get that ‘constant feed’ feeling, it’s semi-tolerable,” she has been quoted as saying about the bizarre “food” choice.
Cabbage Soup Diet
Actress Sarah Michelle Gellar has been linked to the cabbage-soup diet, which calls into question how she had enough energy for her power-filled defense moves on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.” This diet involves plenty of cabbage, green onions, green peppers, diced tomatoes, carrots, celery, chicken soup mix, and V-8 juice. Other supplements include cranberry juice and black coffee. Then for the next seven days, you eat all the cabbage soup you want. This temporary diet has been used primarily to kick-start a weight-loss plan that (we hope) involves more food.
The Air Diet
Back in 2010, French magazine Grazia described the air diet as the “it” way to lose weight. Madonna was linked to this fad diet promoted by the French after she, along with some other celebrities, were featured in a Dolce & Gabbana campaign, holding food to their mouths, but not consuming it. There is only one rule: Eat nothing but a water-and-salt soup concoction. The concept comes from Breatharianism, which is the belief that one can live only on energy from sunlight, and do not need nourishment from food.