22-Day Vegan Challenge Popularised by Beyoncé and Jay-Z who embarked on the challenge at the end of last year, it is already proving a hit among the weight-conscious in Dubai. Developed by exercise physiologist Marco Borges, the vegan challenge (meat and dairy-free) is based on the premise than it takes 21 days to make or break a habit (though there is some dispute over this ‘fact’).
Alkaline diet It has been championed by the likes of Victoria Beckham, and is by no means new, but the alkaline way of eating looks set to be popular over the next 12 months. The Honestly Healthy Alkaline Programme was devised by nutritional therapist Vicki Edgson and organic chef Natasha Corrett, and is based on the idea that as our bodies have a slightly alkaline composition, eating mainly alkaline foods (ideally 80 percent) helps keep things in order. Alkaline foods include fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts and legumes, while acidic ones include products containing white flour, dairy, meat, fish, coffee, fizzy drinks and sugar.
DIY juicing Supplementing a diet low in nutrients with fresh juices, or embarking on a liquid-only juice detox is by no means a new concept when it comes to weight loss, but the trend is already seeing a boom in Dubai this year. The city’s organic foods distributors are all rushing to get in on the action, launching special boxes containing a variety of local fruit and veg to help you keep your shakes interesting.
Metabolism Miracle diet Created by Diane Kress, this eating programme claims that up to 50 percent of dieters fail to lose the weight they want to because they have a different metabolism to everyone else. Like many of last year’s most popular diets, the three-step plan focuses on lean protein and vegetables, and ditching refined sugars and carbohydrate in the first two steps. Currently, there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that such a thing as an alternative metabolism exists, though many studies have shown that reducing carbohydrate intake can lead to weight loss. So 2013… * Eating like a caveman on the Paleo diet * Fasting two days a week on the 5:2 diet * Going mad for meat on the Dukan diet