The Lowdown on Fad Diets on Breakfast Television

A new year means new resolutions and with those resolutions comes a new diet plan. Rose reviews some of the trendiest diets on Breakfast Television and gives you the skinny on these fad diets.

Lose It Diets

Intermittent Fasting Dr. Michael Mosley

  • 5:2  – Your body adjusts to calorie restriction and you don’t feel hungry.
  • The theory is based on life extension which focuses on restricting calories and fasting.

According to this diet you eat normally for 5 days then you fast for 2 days.

Fasting:  500 calories – feel weak, can’t focus, blood sugar levels

    • Breakfast – egg and ham slice
    • Lunch – 2 oz chicken – 10 baby carrots
    • Dinner – 2 oz salmon /1/2 cup brown rice

Eat normally:  3000 calories – no limit

    • Breakfast –  eggs/ bagel / yogourt / fruit
    • Snack – cheese and crackers
    • Lunch – corned beef sandwich / potato chips / coke
    • Snack –  granola bar
    • Dinner – steak / mashed potatoes / vegetables / cake
    • Snack – popcorn



Paleo Diet

Eat like a caveman and shed pounds, this diet is high in protein.

  • No calorie counting
  • At beginning you can cheat – eat what you want 3 times per week
  • Not for vegetarians



    • Lots of fresh lean meats and fish (hard on kidneys)
    • Fruits, and vegetables
    • Healthier fats (olive/walnut/ coconut oils)
    • Eggs
    • Nuts and seeds


Don’t Eat:

    • Processed foods
    • Wheat
    • Dairy
    • Grains
    • Legumes (peanuts/beans)
    • Sugar
    • Potatoes
    • Salt
    • Refined oils (canola)


Blood Type Diet

  • Foods react chemically with your blood type and your body digests food more efficiently.
  • This diet helps you to lose weight, have more energy and prevent disease.


Type O Blood (most people)

  • A high protein diet heavy on lean meat, poultry, fish, and vegetables, and light on grains, beans, and dairy.


Type A Blood

  • A meat-free diet based on fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, and whole grains — ideally, organic and fresh.


Type B Blood

    • Avoid corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts, and sesame seeds.  Chicken is also problematic.
    • Eat green vegetables, eggs, certain meats, and low-fat dairy


Type AB Blood

  • Include tofu, seafood, dairy, and green vegetables
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and smoked or cured meats


Choose It Diets

Mediterranean Diet

  • Less heart disease, diabetes type 2, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, cancer, obesity.
  • Fresh foods



    • Exercise
    • Whole grains (bread, pasta, rice)
    • Fruits, beans, nuts and vegetables
    • Olive oil
    • Cheese and yogurt



  • Fish, poultry, eggs, sweets, wine


    • Meats


Glycemic Index Diet

  • High glycemic foods breakdown quickly leaving you hungry
  • Low glycemic foods break down slowly leaving you full and satisfied
  • The GI or Glycemic index diet which is rated on a scale of 1 – 100. This diet has 3 categories and ranks foods by how much they raise blood glucose levels


Red – Avoid  (70 or more)

    • White bread, rice krispies, white rice, rice cakes, potatoes, baked goods, dried fruit, bananas, sugar beverages, pastries

Yellow – Occasionally  (56 – 69)

    • Oatmeal,  brown rice, grapes, watermelon, pineapple, mango, carrots, corn, orange juice, popcorn, potatoes

Green – As much as you like (55 or less)

  • Whole grains, all bran, sweet potato, beans. Greek yogurt, berries, apples, lettuce, tomatoes







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