Mediterranean Diet: Reduces the risk of heart disease, includes low-fat foods and includes a lot of olive oil and fish. Clean and Lean Diet: Replace alcohol, wheat and sweets with lean meat, nuts, berries and green tea. 5:2 Diet: Feast for 5 days and starve for 2 days. The starving part has several benefits such as increasing life span and reducing heart disease risk.
- What person or animal eats: the food that a person or animal usually consumes
- Controlled intake of food: a controlled intake of food and drink designed for weight loss, for health or religious reasons, or to control or improve a medical condition
- Regular intake of something: a continuous or daily experience of, or indulgence in, something other than food
Diets are often viewed as a quick-fix method when you want to lose weight in a hurry. However, in my experience, unless you approach the diet as a lifestyle change, the results will only be temporary and you will find yourself regaining the weight or ending up even heavier than when you started. Avoiding putting on weight over a prolonged period of time involves making lifestyle changes, which will help you maintain a healthy weight. Certain programs offer diets at a cost, and often have a strict plan.
Top 3 Diets That Work
1. Mediterranean Diet
The Mediterranean diet has become popular because it may reduce the risk of heart disease, MayoClinic.com notes. Practiced by people living along the Mediterranean Sea, the diet has a foundation of low-fat foods to encourage healthy weight loss. Dieters focus on fruit, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices during each meal. Olive oil often replaces other oils or butter in preparing foods. The diet includes eating fish at least twice a week, poultry in moderate portions and meats or sweets less often.
2. Clean & Lean Diet
Eating Clean & Lean is not a quick fix. This diet will enable you steadily shift excess fat and you will get to enjoy your food. You will need to limit your sugar intake, but this is not a no-carb/no-fat plan. If you love starches, you can still have them, However you will need to swap your white toast for sourdough or rye bread instead and exchange your white pasta for spelt or quinoa. You need to get rid of sweets, wheat, processed foods, alcohol (except for vodka, which is the least calorific form of alcohol), and include lean meats, fish, green veg, nuts, berries, avocados, olive oil, sweet potatoes, oatcakes, green tea.
Finally once a week you are encouraged to have a ‘cheat’ meal – this will help you lose weight (seriously). Healthy eating will keep your metabolism steady; eating differently will force your body to work harder to burn the extra calories.
However if you do it too often you will store fat, so it is important to be disciplined.
3. The 5:2 Diet: Feast for 5 Days, Fast for 2 Days
This is not a diet, it’s a (relatively) new way of eating for life. This plan involves restricting your calorie intake (500 for women and 600 for men) for two non-consecutive days a week and eating a healthy diet on the other five days. The Fast 2-Day promotes weight loss and also has several beneficial effects on health: including increasing lifespan, improving cognitive decline, and reducing the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer (however, up until now, these benefits have only been seen in animal studies). It is easier to stick to than conventional diets because you only need to follow it 2 days per week. It will not provide you with a quick fix, weight loss will be slow and steady.
WARNING: No foods are forbidden, however it is not an eat as much as you like 5 days of the week!