Have you considered shedding a few extra pounds? Are you confused by which diet may work best for you? We have listed the most popular diet plans to lose weight, and maybe one of these will be just what you are looking for.
There are many different diet plans to lose weight, and not all of them are suitable for every person. It is important to know your weight loss goals as well as your nutritional needs before you start a diet. The key is to try and select one that you can stay with over a long period of time. A few diets enjoy mainstream popularity, and have worked for many different people. Here are a few examples of popular diets.
Low Carb Diet
First advocated in the 1970’s with the Atkins Diet, a low carbohydrate diet will focus more on proteins and fat to aid in weight loss. The science behind why it works is complex, but it has been proven effective. The challenge with this diet is staying on it when so much of the modern diet is high in carbohydrates. However, this may be one of the best ways to lose weight and even avoid complications with diabetes, since many high carbohydrate foods convert into excess insulin in the blood.
South Beach Diet
Premised in part on the low carb diet, the South Beach diet goes further and distinguishes between good and bad fats, as well as good and bad carbohydrates. These classifications depend on the effect on the body, and focus on including food that is unprocessed and low in saturated fat. It is not strictly low carb, but more ‘good carb’ like vegetables and whole grains.
This is another diet that has been around for many years. It is a simple calorie based diet that uses a point system to create a caloric deficit in the body. It does have a membership component which can be helpful in accountability and staying motivated. Weight Watchers also has its own line of food products to help in keeping to the diet over a period of time.
Low Fat Diet
This is a diet that gained popularity among athletes who were trying to shed extra weight for higher performance. Since many athletes consume a lot of carbohydrates for energy the best place to cut back are fats. The idea is that when you eat fat, it is more difficult than carbohydrate to transform into immediate muscle energy, and therefore may be stored as body fat. It has also been touted as a means of preventing heart disease and reducing cholesterol, and was recommended for many years by the American Heart Association
Gluten Free or Sugar Free Diet
Many people design a diet based on the principle that certain ingredients are to blame for weight gain. Gluten, which is contained in most wheat products, is thought to be a hard to digest substance that can clog the system and interfere with weight loss. Eliminating wheat products is the key to this diet, and can present a challenge for many given the amount of wheat in food products. Sugar is another substance that in its processed form does not really offer much nutritional value, but can be the cause of weight gain due to its high caloric count. Excessive sugar consumption can lead to other health problems as well.
If one of these diets seems like it could fit into your lifestyle, do your research. Find out what you can and can’t eat on your selected diet and try to keep a journal of what you eat daily. A journal really does help knowing what you are eating and how much you are eating. There are plenty of smartphone apps that do this for you too.
Also, finding a friend that wants to diet with you is a good way to encourage one another to keep up the diet even during the difficult times.
A good thing to keep in mind that starting a fitness routine will help you lose weight quicker along with firming and toning.
Please share your thoughts and comments in the section below. Have you tried any of these diets? How did it work for you? Have you kept a journal through your diet journey?