Popular Diets for 2014 – The pros and cons!

Popular Diets for 2014 – The pros and cons!


Now that spring has officially arrived, you may feel that you want to shift a few pounds before your holiday/ summer arrives.

So in today’s blog, the Cheapest Life Insurance is going to look three popular diets around at the moment. These are:  the 5:2 diet, the Cambridge diet and the Sunny Beach Diet. We will also list their pros and cons according to the BDA – British Dietetic Association and NHS choices.


  • The 5:2 Diet


This diet is where you eat normally for five days and fast for the other two days of the week. Supporters of this diet claim that following the 5:2 diet can improve lifespan, brain function and even protect you against conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Dementia! Fasting is not for everyone however, so if you do follow this diet please consult your GP first.


Pros: Two days dieting a week is much more achievable dieting all the time. This diet could help you to reduce body fat and also help fight again chronic diseases.


Cons:  Some reported side effects of this diet include difficulties in sleeping and feeling tired during the day, feeling dehydrated and bad breath. You also need to watch what you consume during the week and make healthy choices.


  • Cambridge Diet


The Cambridge Weight Plans diet is passed around buying and eating a range of different meal replacement products. This diet promises rapid weight loss and there are six different diet plans that range from 415 calories to 1,500 calories. They also offer advice and support for healthy eating and exercise from a Cambridge advisor.


Pros: Weight loss is very sudden and you can find yourself losing a lot of weight very quickly. All of the meal replacements are nutritionally balanced so you will receive all of the vitamins and nutrients needed.


Cons: Side effects can include, nausea, dizziness, bad breath as well as others as it is a low carb diet. As you have to stick to certain meal replacements it is harder to stick to in the long run.


  • South Beach Diet

This diet has no calorie counting and no limits on portions. You are encouraged to eat three meals and two snacks a day. The diet plan includes eating lean protein, as well as low GI vegetables and unsaturated fats.


Pros:  No major food groups are removed from this diet after phase one and two and the plan follows healthy eating patterns.


Cons: In phase one the dietary restrictions may leave you feeling weak and you may have some of the side effects similar to the Cambridge Plan at first such as tiredness, nausea and constipation.

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