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Jillian Michaels Overtakes Weight Watchers on the 2013 Most Popular Diets of the Year List

The most popular diet of the year is none other than the incomparable Jillian Michaels. It’s not entirely surprising when you consider she’s been one of the most consistent players on our list since 2008, with her online brand, detox product, and earliest workout DVD ranking each year. In fact, the latter two were both on last year’s top ten list. We expect to see Curves, ranking for the first time since 2008, as the Biggest Loser trainer just announced a new partnership with Curves.

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What is most surprising is how Jillian Michaels knocked the giant that is Weight Watchers out of the number one position. That’s only been done once before, by 17 Day Diet in 2011. Even that year Weight Watchers held on to number two, but this year they slipped in to the fifth most popular spot.

And 17 Day Diet grabbed ranking number four, hardly losing any ground since its overwhelmingly popular release in late 2010. Its position on our annual Most Popular lists, ahead of Weight Watchers once again, will no doubt help with the release of 17 Day Diet: Breakthrough Edition on the 31st.

The only constant between last year’s list and this – Medifast. They’ve got number 3 on lock, with the meal delivery diet staying strong in the top ten since 2010.

Another staple of our list fell pretty hard this year, with hCG falling down to number 14. No, the supplement boom isn’t over, as its disappearance only made room for brands like Skinny Fiber (a shocking number 2) and Plexus Slim (at number 6) to move on up the list. Dr. Oz-endorsed Raspberry Ketones (17) and Green Coffee Bean Extract (20) were other weight-loss-by-pill categories that did especially well this year.

Check out the 25 Most Popular Diets of 2013* as determined by you, our readers.best diets 2013

1. Jillian Michaels

2. Skinny Fiber

3. Medifast

4. 17 Day Diet

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Leave Baby Food to the Babies – Not Your Diet

Baby food is for babies? Not exclusively. Hollywood A-listers are eating baby food now. The Baby Food Diet, made famous by Tracy Anderson, is for those who want to control their food portions and curb cravings with pureed fruits and veggies. The diet works for celebrities, but for those who would rather not revert back to their infant days it isn’t an ideal diet.

I asked our resident dietitian Mary Hartley, RD if the serving size of a baby’s jar would satisfy grown adults? She tells us, “No. A little four-ounce jar of pureed baby food ranges from 40 to 80 calories, and so an adult would need many, many little jars if the diet consisted only of baby food.”

The jars of baby food might make reasonable replacements for snacks during the day, but frankly, just eating the whole fresh fruit or vegetable is going to be far more satisfying, as many if not less calories, and none of the preservatives or other additives common to jarred baby food. (more…)

Most Popular Celebrity Diet Fads of 2011

Dukan Diets, 5-factor, baby food, blueprint cleanseFact-checked or not, there’s nothing quite like a celebrity endorsement to make a diet’s popularity skyrocket. In 2011, we saw a number of diets get big attention thanks to “inside sources” claiming they were the secret to a star’s slim figure. On the other hand, many diet plans are willing to write big checks in order to put a celebrity face on their advertisements. Here’s a look at the biggest celebrity diet trends of the past year.

1) Dukan Diet

After mother-of-the-bride Carole Middleton said she lost a few pounds on the Dukan Diet, rumors flew that the Duchess of Cambridge was also following the super-low carb diet. Although it was never confirmed that Kate was dieting at all, The Dukan Diet by Dr. Pierre Dukan quickly became a best seller in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

2) Baby Food Diet

Named one of the worst celebrity diets by the British Dietetic Association, the mushy origins of this diet go back to Madonna’s glory days. Supposedly created by celebrity trainer Tracy Anderson, the diet blew up in 2011 when tabloids claimed that baby food was the secret to Lady Gaga’s slim figure. The star refuted the claims, but this did nothing to quell the diet’s popularly.

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Can You Follow the Baby Food Diet in a Healthy Way?

The Baby Food Diet has taken Hollywood by storm but as more Americans who want to lose weight are jumping on the jarred, pureed food bandwagon, nutrition experts and parents are questioning whether the diet is safe and effective.

“Meeting adequate nutritional needs while following a diet that promotes eating small portions of low calorie pureed foods isn’t so easy,” said Toby Amidor, MS, RD, CDN, nutrition expert for FoodNetwork.com and mother of three. “Jars of baby food vary from 15 to 100 calories so it can really be up to the dieter to mix and match various food groups to meet dietary needs.”

While eating baby food alone can put a person at risk for certain vitamin and nutritional deficiencies, there are variations to the diet that can make it healthier, more accessible and more sustainable.

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Lady Gaga Doesn’t Do the Baby Food Diet and Neither Should You

lady gaga with babyfood over her faceLast spring, the British tabloid Heat wrote that Lady Gaga “has embarked on a dangerous ‘baby food diet’ in a bid to stay slim.” The rumor was quickly squashed by Gossip Cop, who confirmed with one of the star’s reps that it’s “not true.” Other celebrities reported to have done the diet include Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston, but we have yet to see any confirmation of these rumors.

Nonetheless, the “Goo Diet,” created by Madonna’s trainer Tracy Anderson, is seeing a resurgence as bathing suit season hits. The Daily Mail reported that baby food sales have spiked by 20 percent in the UK. The basic idea is that you substitute jars of baby food for solid meals. One version recommends eating 14 jars per day, and another plan recommends adding a healthy dinner at the end of the day.

While some claim that you can lose as much as 20 pounds in six weeks on this diet, health experts say the fad diet is far from healthy.

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7 Celebrity Fad Diets

Oh, Hollywood celebrities… their lifestyles are just as wild as their eating habits. And, all of us who closely follow their lives in the pages of Us Magazine and TMZ are just as wacky, especially when we copy their dieting practices.

Recently, Yahoo! Shine asked the health experts at Mayo Clinic to evaluate seven fad celebrity diets. Here is the skinny on everything from baby food to eating nothing but purple-colored foods.

The Cooler Cleanse

  • Description: A three- or five-day juice detox diet where you replace meals and snacks with Cooler Cleanse juices that are delivered fresh to your door. Hayek is one of the co-creators of the Cooler Cleanse and swears by it as a way to keep her looking young, svelte and beautiful.
  • Benefits: Quick and short-term weight loss; Promotes a feeling of lightness; Contains healthy and natural ingredients; Liberates you from eating processed and refined foods, even if just for a few days.
  • Cost: $58 per day

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Top 15 Most Popular Celebrity Diets

Everywhere we look we’re barraged with images of Hollywood celebrities and their gorgeously toned bodies. We always hear about the latest diet and weight loss crazes to come out of Hollywood, and how these stars shed impressive weight in almost no time at all. We’ve got the skinny on the 15 most popular celebrity diets. While most of us can’t afford their trainers and personal chefs, you can find the truth behind these diets and if there’s one that will work for you. Some aren’t the healthiest, but others offer a smart approach to weight loss.

jenny mccarthy 1. Weight Watchers
Even Hollywood can’t resistant this tried-and-true, super-flexible weight loss program. Jenny McCarthy and the former Duchess Sarah Ferguson both owe their leaner figures to the Points.


kate hudson2. Atkins Diet
The original low-carb crusader took the likes of Renee Zellwegger, Kate Hudson and Calista Flockhart back to its dieting lair. Singing sensation Rihanna has been known to follow a low-carb diet.


jessica simpson3. 5 Factor Diet
Created by celeb trainer Harvey Pasternak to help schedule-crunched celebs eat properly while touring or on set, his mini-meal, mini-exercise approach has wooed Jessica Simpson, Katherine Heigl and Kanye West.


jennifer lopez4. Eat Right 4 Your Type
It’s Dr. Peter D’Adamo has created a customized diet that is designed around each individual’s blood type. Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Lopez and Elizabeth Hurley have all taken the good doctor’s advice to heart… and waist.


queen latifah5. Jenny Craig
With a counselor to lead the way and meals delivered to their homes, or rather mansions, Queen Latifah, Valerie Bertinelli, Kirstie Alley and even Joy Behar have lost considerable weight following Jenny’s plan.


denzel washington6. Master Cleanse
It has a few names- Maple Syrup Diet or even Lemonade Diet, but one-name stars like Beyonce and Denzel have followed this week-long liquid diet in an effort to cleanse and detoxify their bodies, and also lose weight.


thom yorke7. Vegan
“Just say no to animal products” is the anthem you’ll hear a host of stars like Pamela Anderson, Thom Yorke, Andre 3000, Alicia Silverstone, Natalie Portman, Heather Mills and Casey Affleck singing.


jessica biel8. 3 Hour Diet
Trainer Jorge Cruise advises stars like Jessica Biel and Heidi Klum to eat every three hours throughout the day. These lucky ladies get to eat all day, nearly anything they want, have enviable figures and fall in love with two of music’s hottest guys.


mandy moore9. Hollywood Cookie Diet
It might sound like a fairytale ending to a movie script, but Mandy Moore and American Idol’s Kelly Clarkson and Jennifer Hudson manage their weight with sweet little cookies. The cookies replace breakfast, lunch and mid-day snacks.


nick carter10. NutriSystem
A meal delivery diet that has been the saving grace of men and women like Dan Marino, Nick Carter and Larry the Cable Guy, as well as Marie Osmond. Just like these stars, there are critics on both sides of the line.


reese witherspoon11. Baby Food Diet
Reese Witherspoon, Marcia Cross and Jennifer Aniston show that this diet is as easy as taking food from a baby. The small portions in a broad range of organic flavors easily help these ladies put their hunger down for a nap.


carrie underwood12. Vegetarian
Unlike their vegan friends, these stars just refrain from eating meat. Carrie Underwood, Prince, Tobey Maguire, Christina Applegate, Eddie Vedder and Paul McCartney can often be found cruising the grocer’s produce section.


cameron diaz13. The Lunch Box Diet
If you spot Cameron Diaz carrying a lunch pail, she hasn’t decided to go back to school. She’s just keeping plenty of fresh veggies, fruits, lean proteins, nuts and other healthy snacks close at-hand, to regulate blood sugar and lose weight.


kristen davis14. The Zone Diet
Where can you find Sex and the City’s Kristen Davis, Cindy Crawford and even Demi Moore? In the zone, the diet zone that is. They’re watching their weight, and protecting themselves against chronic illnesses.


madonna15. Macrobiotic Diet
If Madonna only had four minutes to save herself, hopefully her adherence to a holistic lifestyle and eating only whole, organic foods will be her best protection. While to most it will seem restrictive, the Material Girl finds it to be quite freeing.