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What Diet Trends Will Be Popular in 2022?

We looked up Florida's most Googled diets. Are they legit? Or simply fads?

By Allison Forsyth January 5, 2022

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Dieting is a common New Year's resolution, but, according to our internet search history, interest in losing weight isn't confined to the month of January. We took a look at Google Trends analytics to see what diets Floridians were most searching for the most during 2021 to help us predict what will be popular this year.

Are these diets legit, or do they need to be quit? Let's find out.

(A note: It should go without saying, but definitely consult a physician prior to starting a new diet.)

The Pegan Diet

Pronounced like "vegan" but with a "p," this diet is a breakout search. It was created by functional medicine specialist Dr. Mark Hyman, who also wrote The Pegan Diet. It combines the principles of the Paleo diet and veganism, so the follower eats 75 percent plants and 25 percent sustainable meats, poultry, eggs and fish. The diet avoid breads and most grains, dairy products, foods with sugar and processed items.

While this diet is beneficial in that it encourages eating more fruits and vegetables, there may be other nutrients you might need to supplement, like iron and vitamin B12. If you have anemia or osteoporosis, this diet may not be right for you.

The Golo Diet

This diet was created by the company Golo in 2009 and focuses on metabolic health and insulin resistance. It's made a comeback in the last 12 months, with a 4,000 percent-plus increase in Google searches. The diet aims to help participants lose weight, increase metabolic efficiency and reverse health conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure.

Followers eat roughly 1,300 to 1,500 nutritionally dense calories per day, and take a vitamin sold by Golo called Release, which contains three vitamins (magnesium, chromium and zinc) and seven herbal remedies, including banaba leaf extract and gardenia extract.

While the company's website says you can take the vitamin with your medications, there are no medical sources backing this claim. In addition, the capsules are not FDA-approved. Any diet that suggests you need an aid, like a pill, is something to raise an eyebrow at.

Tom Brady's Diet (TB12)

We live in Florida and Tom Brady does play for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, so it only makes sense that people are Googling what he eats to stay in shape. In fact, we've tried (and failed) to follow his strict diet before.

The TB12 diet consists of 80 percent fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes; 20 percent protein (chicken, red meat and seafood); eating meals until you are 75 percent full; avoiding dairy and nightshades; drinking half your body weight in ounces of water per day; and consuming no food within three hours of bedtime.

Seems reasonable, right? Well, maybe for a professional athlete or fitness buff. For people that are just trying to make healthier choices, this diet may be a little too extreme. (Spoiler alert: Tom Brady drinks a lot of protein shakes.)

The ProLon Diet

Another diet that has a breakout number of Google searches, the ProLon diet is touted as a "fasting mimicking" diet—not necessarily fasting, but pretending like you are?

The diet is a five-day program that includes pre-packaged, plant-based meals, energy bars, soups, snacks, drinks and supplements. According to the company's website, "all are studied and designed to nourish your body and support cellular rejuvenation."

Unlike Golo, the concept of prolonged fasting (without the support of branded foods and supplements) has been studied for years by researchers. The ProLon diet, specifically, has been developed by a doctor from the Longevity Institute at the University of Southern California. It also has 20 years of scientific research behind it.

Bottom line: You can achieve prolonged fasting without the expense of ordering a meal plan. (ProLon costs about $175 per meal kit.) However, if you'd like to have the structure of a meal plan that is backed by sound scientific research, then it might be right for you.

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