The first popular weight-loss fad was William Banting’s Letter on Corpulence, Addressed to the Public, published in England in 1863. It advocated a low-carb diet with an emphasis on proteins, fruits, and vegetables and avoiding sweets and starches, which is actually a pretty reasonable weight loss plan. In the intervening 148 years, though, corpulence has surged and diet plans have multiplied with dozens of new schemes of varying efficacy and safety cycling in and out of popularity each year. Here’s a rundown of some of the most popular diets of 2011 — the practical, the useless, and the dangerous.
Dukan is a French diet that was introduced in the US when its founder's book was published here last spring. It's been called the "French Atkins," which gives you a pretty good idea of how it works -- lots of animal protein, very little in the way of carbs at first, with more foods being reintroduced to the diet over time. People swear by Dukan and it will probably help you lose weight in the short term, but I think it's good to be wary of any diet that warns you off veggies (even for a little while).
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