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Great Diets You May Have Never Heard Of

There is no lack of diets out there shouting for our attention. Before adopting one, it’s best to search broadly. Here are some that have their adherents but might have escaped your notice so far:

Shangri-La Diet

Seth Roberts’ Shangri-La Diet is the model of simplicity, and that alone should appeal to many dieters. Simply add one to four teaspoonfuls of relatively flavorless oil such as extra-light olive, walnut, canola, or flaxseed oil to your diet as it is now. No other dietary change is recommended by the Shangri-La Diet.

The goal is to make you feel fuller so you’ll eat less. Dr. Roberts has reported losing 35 pounds himself, and points to others who have achieved similar results but the testing results aren’t in yet on this diet.

There are many reasons even a highly effective diet can fail to catch on, but someone might have reconsidered whether “the Shangri-La Diet” sounds appealing, especially once reading through the diet and finding that it actually has nothing much to do with Shangri-La, never mind the pretty tenuous relationship between Shangrila and dieting in the first place.

Three Hour Diet

By now many of us have heard the general outlines of this diet. Develop a posture of almost lightly grazing throughout the day, eating “often.” But the paradigm for the idea, and therefore the most detailed version, is Jorge Cruise’s Three Hour Diet. The target is eating three meals and three 100-calorie snacks between 7 and 7. The meals themselves are also portion restricted, with adjustments for weight, so that no meal every makes you feel entirely full. Drink plenty of water, cutting out sugary drinks.

This diet keeps your metabolism steadily burning fat all day, and has shown to be an effective diet for losing weight, especially belly fat. Another feature is that it puts no limit on what you eat, so long as you don’t exceed each meal’s portion restriction. This makes the diet an easy “in” for many people, but it does limit the range of its benefits by admitting processed foods, sugar, and other items that are best removed from your diet altogether.

If you haven’t heard of the Three Hour Diet by name, this offers some insight into why. Many dieters have liked the basic concept of timing small meals but have enfolded it into one or two other dietary practices.

Plant Paradox Diet

Steven Gundry’s Plant Paradox Diet one of family of diets that advocate a high polyphenol low lectin diet. Those who adopt this diet give up what turns out to be a long list of foods which contain lectin. They include pulses (peas, beans, lentils), all fruit when out of season, grains, nuts, and more. It’s a tougher diet than many can manage, but, as with all these diets, many swear on it.

So far there is a lot of research supporting and suggesting the healthy effects of polyphenol for combating diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. At this point, the efficacy of reducing lectin is significantly less certain.

Blood Type Diet

The Blood Type Diet was introduced by Peter D’Adamo in 1996. His concept is the our preferred diet varies according to blood type. Certain diets are more appropriate to type B than type A, and so on. The diet has a potential appeal in that it offers a rationale for why your earlier diets haven’t worked.

D’Adamo has articulated the various blood types nearly to the point of Jungian enneagrams or astrological signs. Type A is the Agrarian, or the Cultivator; their blood type originated under certain prehistoric conditions. They should be almost pure vegetarians. Type O, however, is the Hunter, their type originated during a different era, and they should be eating meat to the point of adopting a Paleo Diet.

From a dietary standpoint, the issue is whether there’s a relationship between blood type and nutritional need. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been much careful testing of this premise. Healthline points out that whichever diet you choose out of the four options is likely going to an improvement in your diet.