Diets are all rage now a days, with our population being almost 50% (depending on the statistic), overweight people are looking for quick solutions to decreasing their bodyfat as fast as possible. With that in mind there are certain diets that work better at keeping the weight off than others. Many diets focus on drugs and a lack of calories which can’t be sustained over the long haul. Below is the best top 10 diets available:
10. The Herbalife Diet: The Herbalife Diet is an easy but costly diet mainly consisting of supplements and one well balanced meal a day. It is a diet whose goal is profit but people can achieve fairly good results on it, except that it may come at an expense to their health. Some of the Herbalife supplements contain sida cordifolia, which is part of the ephedrine alkaloids family. Read the complete review on the herbalife diet.
9. The Low Carb Diet is a diet that is low in carbohydrates. Carbohydrates such as breads, pastas, sugars and others that raise your blood sugar levels, which create a rise in a hormone secreted by the pancreas called ‘insulin’. When there is a lack of carbohydrates it starts a mighty powerful chemical reaction. There are many diets; such as the ‘Atkins diet’, ‘Zone diet’ and ‘South Beach diet’. Diets like these have one thing in common: they are high in proteins and fats and low in carbohydrates. Read the complete review.
8. The Zone Diet: While most of the research conducted on the zone diet has shown positive results in the first 6 months, more research needs to be conducted after that initial 6-month period. There appears to be a slowing down in the weight loss. Comparing the zone diet with a balanced diet of high protein, high fibre, lots of fruit and vegetables and exercise I believe the latter is the more healthy route. Your body was not meant to have a deficit of carbohydrates. Read a complete review of the zone diet.
7. The Medifast Diet: The medifast diet is a low fat, low calorie mixture of balanced foods and appetite suppressors which are in special easy to eat shakes, bars, puddings, chilis, oatmeals and hot cocoa from the Medifast Diet Company. The appetite suppressor used is ‘Super Citrimax’ which comes from a native Southeast Asian plant, “Garcinia Cambogia”. Thus far it has been shown to be a safe appetite suppressor; but most of the studies have been performed with rats. The diet should only be followed by the direct supervision of a medical doctor to monitor your weight loss and diet. Read a complete review of the medifast diet here.
6.The Sonoma diet is one which attempts to control portion sizes, limit caloric intake and encourage a fondness for cooking and an appreciation of food. It is not an innovative approach to weight loss but there are some good principles and recommended foods involved. It is not for those who do not enjoy spending time in the kitchen or at the grocery stores. Read the complete review for the sonoma diet.
5. The Best Life Diet
The Best of Life Diet was created by an exercise physiologist, Bob Greene, and has been made famous by Oprah. ‘Oprah owes her recent weight loss to his Best Life Diet plan’. Oprah promotes his plan as an opportunity to look at your life as a whole. Oprah has definitely pulled out all the stops to make Bob a celebrity by showing ‘before’ photographs of overweight people, listening to their testimonials and then unveiling the ‘new’ them with their slimmer bodies. At first glance, the Best Life Diet seems very logical: finding out what your own personal barriers are to keeping up with an exercise and nutritional program and overcoming them. Read the complete review of the best life diet.
4. Mediterranean Diet
We’ve all heard the saying “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” New studies reveal that we shouldn’t just do as they do, we should eat as they do too! Following a Mediterranean-type diet—a blend of traditional cuisines of the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea—has been found to provide many health benefits, such as reducing the risk for heart disease and cancer. Read more on the mediterranean diet.
3. The Dash Diet
The DASH Diet stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and it calls for a reduction in the amount of sodium consumed in a daily diet. Recent studies have shown that this diet can lower the blood pressure of individuals and since this diet is backed by the National Institutes of Health it would suggest that these claims are valid. The DASH Diet focuses on keeping blood pressure below 120/80 mmHg. Any value above this is considered to be a health risk. Read the complete review about the dash diet.
2. Abs Diet
The Abs Diet is a diet which focuses on their slogan : ABS DIET POWER which stands for almonds, beans, spinach, dairy, instant oatmeal, eggs, turkey, peanut butter, olive oil, whole grains, extra protein powder and raspberries. It actually doesn’t focus on abs at all, the abs diet is just a healthy diet. The diet is actually a great one as it is more of a lifestyle change rather than a 2-3 month focus on changing caloric intake.
1. NO DIET!
Focusing on the 6 rules to nutrition is the only way to keep the weight off and maintain a low percentage of bodyfat. It’s simple, easy to remember and once you’re aware of them you’ll keep the weight off for good. Besides nutrition, exercise is extremely important to increase your metabolism.
Key Things to Remember with Dieting
- Every meal should contain vegetables, a source of protein and fibre.
- Meals should be every 3-4 hours.
- Your largest meal should be in the morning and should get smaller throughout the day.
- Plan your simple carbohydrates around your workouts to ensure the smallest insulin spikes.
- Tracking your progress through a log is the ultimate way to ensure progress.
- You should know your BMR to understand what your body burns during the day at rest. That way with exercise and caloric intake you can reach your goals.