Special Report

The 18 Most Popular Diets in America

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3. Calorie counting diet
> Share of Americans on it: 13%

Calorie counting adheres to the theory that in order to lose weight, you need to create a “calorie deficit” by eating fewer calories than you’re burning off via exercise. So for example, if you’re consuming 2,000 calories worth of food and drink per day, then you’ll need to burn off slightly more calories through exercise in order to lose weight.

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2. Mindful eating diet
> Share of Americans on it: 14%

“Mindfulness” is an overused buzzword these days, but many people swear by it when it comes to eating. Mindful eating involves eating slowly, only eating until you’re full, only eating when you’re truly hungry, using all of your senses while eating, and paying attention to how food makes you feel. It is similar to intuitive eating.

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1. Clean eating diet
> Share of Americans on it: 16%

Eating “clean” means eating foods that are minimally processed and as close to their natural state as possible. This means foregoing processed meats, snack foods, and the like, and instead eating healthy, nutrient-dense foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains, and dairy.

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