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Most Googled Diets of 2012: Do Any of Them Even Work?

by Jacqueline Burt on December 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM

raspberriesAnother year, another list of Most Googled Diets to analyze. Although a quick glance at the line-up for 2012 makes me wonder if maybe we should be analyzing a list of Most Googled Magic Weight Loss Bullets: Either we're a bunch of lazy schlumps or seriously cockeyed optimists, because guess what? The easiest-sounding diets got the most searches! (Color me shocked.)

Seriously, no wonder we're in the middle of an obesity epidemic. I was so taken aback by which regime got ranked 2012's #1 Most Googled Diet, I literally quadruple-checked my sources. (And then I checked again.)

I know, I know: Well, what is it?! When are you gonna tell us?? Relax, you'll find out which diets were in the Top 5 after the jump, plus whether or not they're worth your search engine's time. Just prepare to be surprised ...

Ready? Here they are, the Top 5 Most Googled Diets of 2012:

1. The Michael Phelps Diet

Number #1, really?! Okay, so while training for Beijing, Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer Michael Phelps consumed 12,000 calories a day -- but he's an Olympic gold medal-winning swimmer!! I don't care how much time you spend at the gym, the average person can NOT burn that off.

Is it a diet try-it? NO.

2. Beyond Diet

Otherwise known as the gluten-free regime Miley Cyrus credits for her washboard abs, the concept is that by eating foods with a low glycemic index, one can avoid the foods that cause a spike in glucose levels (which releases insulin, which packs on the pounds). 

Is it a diet try-it? Maybe. Give it a shot, probably won't hurt.

3. The Raspberry Ketone Diet

I love Dr. Mehmet Oz, and I want to believe his claim about raspberry ketones being the “#1 miracle in a bottle for burning your fat." The ketones are supposed to boost levels of a fat-blasting hormone; so far, this seems to work for mice ... but no actual studies have been conducted on humans yet.

Is it a diet try-it? As with going gluten-free, this probably won't hurt. So sure, why not? Just don't expect miracles.

4. PINK Method Diet

P.I.N.K. stands for Power, Intensity, Nutrition and cardio (with a K, because, well, otherwise that would just look dumb). It's basically a traditional healthy eating/exercise plan mapped out in extreme detail and tons of promotional incentives; also, Dr. Phil is a fan.

Is it a diet try-it? Yes (but you can probably figure out the same strategies on your own).

5. The Adriana Lima Diet

Come on, seriously? Model Adriana Lima had to drop 40 pounds for a Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show just 6 weeks after giving birth, so she restricts herself to protein shakes and water -- NO SOLIDS -- for nine days before the big show (12 hours before the show she stops drinking altogether). How is this a "diet," exactly?

Is it a diet try-it? Hell no.'

Did you Google any of these diets in 2012? Did you try any of them?

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Filed Under: diets, celebrity diets, eating healthy


  • zombi...


    December 13, 2012 at 12:20 AM
    After I deliver my third child in mid-January, my sister and I are trying out "The Reverse Diet"...just got my book from Amazon! It involves eating dinner for breakfast and "tricking" your metabolism (which is pretty non-existant for me)...we'll see if it's effective!!!
  • Anon
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    December 13, 2012 at 9:37 AM
    The raspberry ketone diet can actually be harmful to those who are taking certain prescription meds, including but not limited to thyroid meds. That one should be run by a real life doctor before trying, not just one on tv.
  • Javi0...


    December 13, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    I live by "It is a lifestyle change, not a diet.  If it is not something you can do for rest of your life then it is not worth trying."  Eating healthy and portion control has been working pretty good for me so far.

  • sukainah


    December 14, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    I haven't Googled any diety nor have i tried any fad diets.

  • Madel...


    December 14, 2012 at 2:34 PM


  • MamaB...


    December 14, 2012 at 5:53 PM
    No I do portion control
  • elasmimi


    December 15, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    I don't believe in anything but reducing your calories and exercising more.

  • kellynh


    December 15, 2012 at 3:47 PM

     Love raspberries... But I do to do fad diets

  • MamaM...


    December 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    No I did not try any of those. 

  • godde...


    December 16, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Nope. I don't do fad diets.

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