The 10 Most Popular Diets Shaping American Health

In today’s world, where everyone is trying to be healthy, finding the proper diet is challenging. With so many choices, figuring out which is best for you is hard. PTPioneer.com’s experts studied diet trends across the U.S. Their research, using Google Keyword Planner, reveals the most popular diets and where they’re trending. Join us as we explore America’s favorite diets.

Mediterranean Diet

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(3.3 million online Searches)

The Mediterranean Diet is a dietary approach inspired by the foods of Mediterranean countries like France, Spain, Greece, and Italy. Thanks to its simplicity and use of common ingredients, the Mediterranean diet has become the top favorite diet in the U.S., garnering 3.3 million online searches. Its popularity is especially pronounced in Massachusetts, where it records the highest number of searches per capita.

Keto Diet

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(2.2 million online Searches)

The Keto Diet involves eating fewer carbs and more healthy fats. This puts your body in ketosis, which helps it burn fat for energy. Ranking the second most popular diet in the U.S. with 2.2 million online searches, it appeals to many as it permits the consumption of enjoyable high-fat foods like red meats, fatty fish, nuts, cheese, and butter while facilitating weight loss. The diet is particularly favored in Wyoming.

Vegan Diet

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(1.8 million online Searches)

The vegan diet is all about eating only plant-based foods and not eating anything that comes from animals. The Vegan diet is getting more popular, with 1.8 million searches. People choose this diet for ethics, health, or to help the environment. This diet is trendy in Hawaii.

Weight Watchers Diet

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(900K online Searches)

Weight Watchers is a weight loss program that uses a points system. It determines your nutrition needs based on height, weight, age, and activity. You get a certain number of points daily, and every food has a point value. The idea is to use your points each day but not to go over or under.

In the U.S., the Weight Watchers Diet is the fourth most popular diet, with 900K searches online. People like this diet because it’s flexible: there are no rules about what you can and can’t eat, and it can work well for people with busy lives. It’s most popular in New Hampshire.

Alkaline Diet

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(800K online Searches)

The Alkaline diet emphasizes foods that can alter the body’s acid levels or pH. It suggests eating more foods promoting alkalinity, like vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds, and less acidic foods, like dairy, meats, processed foods, and alcohol. The Alkaline Diet is the fifth most popular in the U.S., with 800K people showing interest in it. The state with the most interest in the Alkaline Diet is Delaware.

Paleo Diet

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(790K online Searches)

The Paleo diet, also called the Paleolithic diet, is based on the foods people might have consumed during the Paleolithic Era, from about 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago.

The Paleo Diet is the sixth most popular in the U.S., with 790K people searching for it. It’s especially liked by people who want to reduce their risk of heart disease because it doesn’t include highly processed foods like chips and candy. The state with the most interest in the Paleo diet is Wyoming.

DASH Diet

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(570K online Searches)

The DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) is a way of eating to lower blood pressure and make you healthier. It includes foods with a lot of potassium, calcium, and magnesium. It encourages vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, fat-free or low-fat dairy products, poultry, nuts, and beans. It also limits foods that have a lot of salt or sodium.

In the U.S., the DASH Diet is the seventh most searched-for diet, with 570K searches. People like it because it promotes healthy eating habits that can lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of diabetes and kidney diseases. Montana is the state where the DASH Diet is most popular.

Atkins Diet

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(370K online Searches)

The Atkins Diet, created by Cardiologist Dr. Robert C. Atkins in the 1960s, is a popular diet focusing on eating fewer carbs and more proteins and fats. It’s liked because it includes proteins, fiber, and healthy fats that many people find appealing.

On this diet, you don’t have to limit how much fat you eat, count calories, or count portion sizes. But you do have to keep track of carbs. The Atkins diet restricts carbs a lot, especially at first. It employs a technique known as “net carbs,” which is the total amount of carbs subtracted by the fiber content, measured in grams.

The Atkins Diet is the eighth most popular diet in the U.S., with 370K people searching for it. It’s most popular in the state of Vermont.

Flexitarian Diet

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(170K online Searches)

The Flexitarian Diet, created by dieIt’san Dawn Jackson Blatner, is a semi-vegetarian way of eating. It encourages a balance of plant-based foods with occasional meat and other animal products. This flexible diet lets you enjoy the benefits of being vegetarian but still allows for moderate consumption of animal foods.

The Flexitarian Diet is the ninth most searched-for diet in the U.S., with 170K people looking it up. It’s growing in popularity because it’s not as strict as a vegan diet and lets people eat meat once a week or once a month. This diet is the most popular in the state of Florida.

Dukan Diet

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(52K online Searches)

The Dukan Diet, created by French physician Pierre Dukan, is a high-protein, low-carb, and low-fat diet. It’s based on lean proteins, water, and daily walks. The diet includes 100 foods, primarily proteins, and vegetables, and has four phases. It claims you can lose up to eight pounds in the first week. The idea is that protein makes you feel full and burns calories, and by limiting carbs and fats, your body enters a state similar to starvation. With 52K searches, it’s popular among people wanting quick weight loss. It is most searched for in North Dakota.

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