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Google Zeitgeist Reveals Top Searches of 2013


2014 is almost upon us, which means it's time for all those annual lists of the "best" and "worst" of 2013. And while those are fun, the folks at Google prefer to take a nonjudgmental twist and analyze the data to determine the people, places, and things that capture the world's attention each year. For their thirteenth annual Zeitgeist, as they call it, Google examined everything from entertainment to finance, but we're more interested in the most popular health and fitness trends. Scroll down to check out what everyone was searching for in the fields of diets, fitness, and health, and click on our links to learn more about these topics so you can make 2014 your healthiest, happiest year yet. [Tweet these lists!]

Trending Diets 2013
It's no surprise that the paleo diet had the hightest amount of traffic of any diet this year compared to 2012. Although the trendy eating plan has been popular within the health and fitness community for a while now, it really hit the mainstream in 2013. If you're interested in giving it a shot, consult our beginner's guide to the paleo diet to ensure that your transition is easy, healthy, and stress-free. Other notable diets that made the list include Ashton Kutcher's fruitarian diet, which, while trendy for a hot minute, is one to skip: It's lacking in healthy fats and protein, and isn't a sustainable form of healthy eating. But another plan on the list that's worth a shot: The Mediterrean Diet, which has been shown to help reduce the risk of heart disease and mortality. Check out the rest of the top 10 most-searched diet plans below.

1. Paleo Diet
2. Juice Cleanse Diet (See our picks of the best-tasting green juices.)
3. The Mediterranean Diet
4. The Master Cleanse Diet (A smarter idea: Our Non-Juice Detox 7-Day Clean Eating Plan.)
5. Ketogenic Diet
6. Okinawa Diet
7. Omnivore Diet
8. Fruitarian Diet
9. Pescetarian Diet
10. Flexitarian Diet

Most-Searched Calorie Searches 2013
According to Google search volume, people were really concerned about how many calories are in eggs. At 72 per large, however, there's no reason to worry since those calories come with 6 grams of protein and they're so versatile—try these quick and easy ways to cook eggs for any meal. Beer was another top calorie search, and we totally understand: Bottles don't have nutrition labels, and calories vary depending on your type of brew. Hit the bar without stressing over your drink by sticking to these 15 waistline-friendly beers. Here is the complete list of top calorie searches.

1. Eggs
2. Banana
3. Beer
4. Oatmeal (153 calories per dry 1/2 cup plain oats; try it in these savory oatmeal recipes.)
5. Sugar (16 calories per teaspoon. For more info, read everything you need to know about sugar.)
6. Sushi
7. Wine
8. Popcorn (31 calories per cup air-popped. Our 25 ways to flavor popcorn without salt add flavor and still keep the calories down.)
9. Coffee
10. Avocado (322 calories a pop. The fruit adds richness and moisture to delicious avocado desserts.)

Most-Searched Workouts and Exercises 2013
We believe you should always be searching (on Google or simply at your gym) for new ways to challenge yourself physically. 2013 seemed to be the year for going hard, with Insanity and CrossFit taking the top two spots on the list. Nervous about your first CrossFit experience? Find out what to expect at your first CrossFit workout, and then read the truth about the 12 biggest CrossFit myths. We promise: The "sport of fitness" isn't trying to kill you! But if it's not your thing, any of the top workouts below meet our approval.

1. Insanity Workout
2. CrossFit Workouts
3. Ab Workouts
4. Bicep Workouts
5. 7-Minute Workout
6. Kettlebell Workouts (A good one since you can burn 20 calories a minute.)
7. Shoulder Workouts
8. Back Workouts
9. Plank Exercises
10. TRX Workout


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