The low carb Atkins and Paleo diets and celebrity trainer Shaun T’s “Insanity” and T25 workouts were the most Googled fitness trends of 2014.
Google recently released its “trending” searches of the year and found that the Paleo diet was the most popular diet of 2014, followed by the low carb Atkins diet and the gluten-free diet.
The Paleo diet is the most popular diet around today, and has a large celebrity following, including Tim McGraw, Megan Fox and Joe Manganiello.
The Paleo diet is an alcohol-free diet that emphasizes high-quality animal proteins, healthy fats, non-starchy vegetables, and excludes gluten, sugar, dairy, legumes, and processed foods.
Research suggests the Paleo diet accelerates weight loss, reduces blood pressure, and prevents cancer, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and even Alzheimer’s.
A recent study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates the Paleo diet is twice as effective as other diets for promoting weight loss and reducing belly fat.
“Clinical trials have shown the Paleo diet is the optimum diet that can lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, blood pressure, markers of inflammation, help with weight loss, reduce acne, promote optimum health and athletic performance,” said professor Loren Cordain, author of The Paleo Diet for Athletes and The Paleo Diet Cookbook.
Holistic health expert Chris Kresser, author of Your Personal Paleo Code, said Paleo isn’t a fad diet because the emphasis is not on calorie restriction and it provides a healthy balance of protein, vegetables and high-quality fats.
On the exercise front, Shaun T’s Insanity Workout,which features high intensity interval training, was the top trending routine of the year, followed by Shaun T’s T25 Workout and Piyo (a workout that combines, yoga, Pilates, and cardio).
Below is the complete list of the most Googled diet and fitness trends of 2014: