Yes, you can lose weight and keep it off – especially if you find the diet that works for you. It takes time and experimentation to find the weight loss strategies that work for you, but it’s worth it!
“All the popular diets can help you lose weight because they provide almost identical calorie intakes,” says nutritional biochemist Shawn Talbott, PhD, author of The Cortisol Connection: Why Stress Makes You Fat and Ruins Your Health – And What You Can Do About It. “But different people may do better on different diets because of personal tastes. For instance, if you love bread, don’t even think about trying Atkins…because it won’t work.”
The best way to achieve your weight loss goals is to find the diet plan that fits your genetics, personality, and lifestyle.
One of the most popular diet books is The Paleo Solution: The Original Human Diet – it might be the just what you need to lose that last 15 or 25 pounds!
The Flat Belly Diet
Liz Vaccariello, editor-in-chief of Prevention magazine, co-wrote the Flat Belly Diet! – a female-focused Mediterranean-style diet. According to this eating plan, eating monounsaturated fats (MUFAs) at every meal will flatten bellies without exercise. Meals are capped at 400 calories, bloat-creating foods are discouraged, and participants are encouraged to eat every four hours.
“Eating a specific number of calories regularly will help maintain energy levels, stabilize blood glucose levels, and prevent hunger,” says Susan Kraus, a clinical dietitian at Hackensack University Medical Center. “Plus, the recipes are tasty, which keeps dieters satisfied.” However, research doesn’t prove that weight loss diets target specific body parts.
Weigh Down Diet
“This diet focuses on portion sizes and hunger cues, which are very important for achieving weight loss goals,” says dietician Jodi Greebel, author of The Little Black Apron. All foods are allowed in this Higher-Power-based diet; eating is motivated by the body’s physical needs. Dieters are encouraged to become more spiritual, stop obsessing about food, and take more responsibility for their eating habits.
However, Greebel points out that it’s difficult to lose weight if you’re not watching what you eat, even if you’re careful with portion sizes. To achieve your weight loss goals, you may need a more specific, structured weight loss plan.
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The Weight Watchers diet plan sells their own pre-made meals, books, and magazines, and focuses on two plans: Flex (food “points” are tracked) and Core (healthy eating, no points). Diet coach Laurie Beebe, R.D., says, “Weight Watchers is effective because people can stay on it for years and keep the weight off.”
Regular meetings offer information-driven discussions, weigh-ins, and tools – plus Weight Watchers provides online support. Portion control, controlled calories, and accountability helps people lose weight. Each meeting costs about $10 and the Weight Watchers tools cost extra. However, the Weight Watchers point system doesn’t reflect the nutritional value of food. So it may help you achieve weight loss goals, but you won’t learn about food.
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The Sugar Busters Diet
This low-carb eating plan is similar to the Atkins weight loss diet – but it’s not as intense.
This diet steers clear of sugar-laden processed foods. Instead, natural foods – lean proteins, good fats, vegetables and whole grains – are emphasized resulting in balanced blood sugar levels and increased fat burning (which takes you one step closer to achieving your weight loss goals!).
However, a potential drawback of this low-carb diet is increased protein consumption, which may have negative health effects in the long run. Steering clear of sugar is an excellent way to achieve your weight loss goals, but choosing a healthy balance of proteins, carbs, and fats is also important.
Tasty, ready-made meals and snacks – “Jenny’s Cuisine” – are perks of Valerie Bertinelli and Queen Latifah’s favorite diet (which is similar to NutriSystem). “No thinking, just eating,” says Amy Hendel, health expert and author of Fat Families, Thin Families: How to Save Your Family from the Obesity Trap. Jenny Craig is a balanced, calorie-controlled diet with weekly consultations in person or by phone.
However, Jenny’s Cuisine gets expensive (though a short-term stint could teach portion control). And, average people aren’t under the same scrutiny as the celebrities who achieved their weight loss goals on Jenny Craig, so the pressure to stay on track is decreased. Dieters may tire of the prepared meals and may not learn how to count calories outside the program.
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