Review of Diet Programs

Learn about some of the hottest diets and what they consist of. 

Diets don't work

The newest diet fad always creates a lot of hype. As soon as there is a new surefire weight loss plan, everyone from Doctors to fitness trainers will release a statement or publish a review and compare the mall to the newest diet. Of course, every new diet has the magic answer to weight loss....the latest weight loss miracle.


"Now, finally after hundreds of years, a diet that really works and melts off the pounds while you eat whatever foods you like is finally here!"

How many times have we heard that? Do you believe it? I don't!

This website stresses healthy ways of losing and keeping your weight, while still enjoying your life.

Myself, I have never been on a diet, for the simple reason that after 1 or 2 days, it gets boring and I start craving for whatever kind of junk food or sweets. So very early on I decided not to do diets.

What helped a lot in my decision has been the example of my mother, who has been on diets for almost all of her life. She would loose some pounds, gain them again, go on another diet, etc.

This is called the yoyo-effect. Yoyo dieting does not work and it is not healthy. Does this sound familiar?


You know what really works? Changing your eating habits. Eat a bit less and eat healthier. Do more exercise. I'm giving you lots of recipes and ideas to change your lifestyle just a tiny little bit by bit and before you notice, all the little bits here and there have added to losing 10, 20 or more pounds!


Fad Diets ? Good or Bad?

Not all of the diets are outright bad. Some are, they may even be dangerous to your health. Others are ok, when used for a very short time, i.e. one week. And some are actually good, because they help you to implement healthy habits.


Truth About Abs

The Truth About Abs program offers unique and effective weight loss techniques and the best way to build abs.

It is one of the most popular weight loss and fitness training programs today. The reason behind this is simple – it works.


Blood Type

The blood type diet determines which foods you should be eating according to your blood type. You are supposed to eat foods that go with your blood type.

It seems that this is not substantiated at all and purely arbitrarily. It could become dangerous, if you don't get enough minerals, vitamins, etc. Always make sure to eat enough variation.


South Beach

The South Beach Diet claims to be the delicious, Doctor-designed, fool proof plan for fast and healthy weight loss helping you lose 8 to 13 pounds within the first two weeks. The focus is on replacing bad carbs with good carbs and bad fats with good fats.

Used for less than  two weeks, this way of eating can really help you to lose weight, but should be stopped after a short time.



Negative Calorie

The Negative Calorie Diet claims there are foods that will actually burn more calories in the process of digesting than the calorie content of the food.

I kind of like that idea, and the proposed foods are almost all very healthy, primarily fruits and veggies. But be careful if you eat only those foods for a longer time, you'll run into mineral deficits!


Green Tea

The Green tea diet claims to boosts metabolism and accelerate weight loss by drinking it. Drinking lots of tea will make you feel full, thus helping to reduce the amount of calories you eat.

But this is by no means a complete eating plan. You wouldn't want to subsist on Green Tea or more than a few days. And keep in mind, that you should only fast (eat nothing, drink only water or unsweetened tea) under medical surveillance.


Zone Diet

The Zone Diet claims that by eating an ideal balance of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats at every meal and snack, hormonal balance is achieved, thus controlling insulin levels and resulting in weight loss. It also promotes eating lots of vegetables and fruits, which is not too bad.

This could actually be a healthy weight loss plan, when balanced properly.


Raw Food

The Raw Food Diet claims that the healthiest food for the body is uncooked and is based on the belief that cooking foods diminishes its nutritional value.

Off course, raw meat or fish is a no-go. This diet is only for hardcore vegetarians or vegans. Definitely not for the average person.


Atkins

The Atkins Diet claims that by consuming a low-carbohydrate diet, not only will you lose weight but you won't feel hungry.

Used to be the star of the day, but is not very popular anymore. Nowadays its called Low-Carb or Slow-Carb, which is very similar. The Slow Carb Diet is presented by Tim Ferris in his book 4-Hour Body.


Hollywood Miracle

The Hollywood Miracle Diet claims that consuming a natural blend of juices and botanical extracts, mixed with water on either their 24 hour diet or 48 hour diet will enable a 5 pound loss per day. This weight loss will be mostly water and come back on afterwards quicker than you can imagine.

Definitely not sustainable for longer than a a few days.


Nutrisystem

The Nutrisystem Diet consists of portion-controlled meals which are low in sodium, saturated and trans fats, and include whole grains, high-fiber, low-fat foods with optimal amounts of lean protein to curb cravings and satisfy hunger.

Might be ok, but tends to be very expensive, because you have to buy their stuff.



Acai Berry

The Acai Berry has plenty of nutrients, like essential fatty acids, amino acids and phytosterols. This combination is said to heat up your metabolism, improve your digestion, and - most important - reduce appetite.

Acai berry is one of the more nutritious and powerful foods on the planet, packed full of antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. But still, it should be eaten only as a supplement, not as your main source of food.


Cabbage Soup

The Cabbage Soup Diet claims this very restrictive diet of eating unlimited bowls of cabbage soup, along with a few other low-calorie foods, for a solid week will enable quick weight loss.


The cabbage soup weight loss plan must not be followed longer than one week! I think, this is a good way to jump start your weight loss, if you follow a healthy nutrition afterwards.


Mediterranean

The Mediterranean diet claims basing your meals upon the cuisines of the Mediterranean region will make you lose the pounds. The Mediterranean Diet encourages you to eat meals which rely heavily on plant proteins with very few dietary restrictions since you are allowed to eat all the things they enjoy, in moderation.

Instead change your meal plans and eating habits, heating up your metabolism (by doing at least moderate amounts of exercise) and detoxifying your body.

Now that we have reviewed some of the diet programs out there, why not start adjusting your meal plans and eating habits. A beginning to getting away from the fad diets and getting yourself used to living and eating healthy instead of relying on yoyo dieting and deprivation as a way of life.


Read more about the negative effects of dieting and the dreaded yo-yo effect.


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