Blog By thomasa on 19 January 2018

5 Lesser Known Diets of 2018

Talk with people about food for more than five minutes, and it quickly becomes obvious that there are as many diets in the world as there are people. Each diet claims to help participants lose weight, but some of them do the exact opposite from one another. That is because different diets work on the body in specific ways and one method may be more effective for some people and less effective for others.

We’ve compiled a list of lesser-known diets that people have used to lose weight. We’ll go over each of these diets and how they affect change in the body.

Low Residue Diet

The low residue diet is all about minimizing the amount of fiber and waste left in the body after digesting.

The idea behind this method is simple. Fiber leads to diarrhea, gas, and cramping. These symptoms lead to bloating which leads to larger than necessary clothes and some extra girth. Those who follow a low residue diet do so to minimize that bloating to slim the figure and feel better throughout the day.

To follow a low residue diet, you should stay away from whole grains, nuts, seeds, raw or undercooked veggies, and lactose. The rest of the diet is a simple matter of eating well-balanced meals and watching portion sizes.

Clear Liquid Diet

The clear liquid diet is pretty self-explanatory. If it’s liquid and translucent, you can consume it. This includes water, broth, and plain gelatin. The idea behind this diet is that these clear liquids leave nothing in your digestive tract after digestion and that cuts down on inflammation. Many doctors recommend a short-term clear liquid diet before surgery to stave off hunger without causing surgical complications.

This is diet is extremely low calorie and is not what you may call a lifestyle diet. If you were to follow a clear liquid diet, follow it for only a few days like you would a cleanse.

High Carb Diet

People who follow the high carb diet believe that carbs have an unnecessarily bad reputation.

You need carbs, fat, and protein to function. Carbs provide you with short-term energy, protein provides your body with muscle growth, and fat helps with the nervous system and other bodily functions.

With that in mind, the main idea behind this diet is one of numbers.

Each macronutrient plays its role, but carbs and protein only have four calories per gram while fat has nine calories in every gram. All things being equal, cutting carbs will not cut nearly the same number of calories as cutting fat.

This diet is helpful for athletic types who burn a lot of calories and need the muscle mass because it encourages protein intake lots of low-calorie carbs.

No Sugar Diet

The no sugar diet shares a similar-yet-different numbers philosophy with the high carb diet.

According to some sources, added sugars alone make up as much as 15 percent of all calories in the average American diet. That’s a lot of added sugar.

Proponents of the no sugar diet are trying to cut unnecessary calories just like their friends on the high carb diet, but they argue that we’re consuming way more added sugars than we are calorie-dense fats. The assumption is that excluding added sugars at four calories a gram will cut more calories than cutting out fat at nine calories a gram.

To best follow this diet, you need to watch the ingredient lists of every food you purchase and avoid those which have added sugar. That can be tricky when 74 percent of all added sugars are labeled as something other than sugar.

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Low Fiber Diet

If you wanted to compare low fiber diets to low carb diets, then the clear liquid diet is comparable to the ketogenic diet, the low residue diet is comparable to the Atkins diet, and the low fiber diet is comparable to the south beach diet. It’s the least restrictive version of the anti-inflammation diets. The low fiber diet limits the number of high-fiber fruits, vegetables, and grains you consume in a given day.

Unlike the clear liquid diet and the low residue diet, a low fiber diet is less concerned with avoiding foods and more concerned with how those foods are consumed. If you’re on the low fiber diet, make sure the fruits and veggies that you eat are steamed or cooked somehow, avoid bread with seeds and nuts, and make sure to consume plenty of protein.


People are unique and varied. One diet will not work for all people. If you consume a lot of carbs than a low-fat diet probably won’t help you lose weight. Likewise, a low carb diet won’t help someone who eats a lot of fatty foods.

Your diet needs to work for you and your situation. At IONutrition, we make delicious, healthy meals that fit a variety of diets and life situations. Check out our various meal plans and see if any of them fit your specific needs. Whether you’re looking for more protein, paleo friendly meals, or just looking to make meal prep simple, we can help you out.

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