- Diet & Weight Loss
Best Diet Plans To Lose Weight
Weight Loss Support, and Success, Are Out There
It's hard to lose weight. If it were easy, so many Americans wouldn't be obese and the weight loss and diet industry wouldn't be the multi-billion-dollar behemoth it is today. But it is hard, so people spend loads of every money every year buying every promise in their quest to take off pounds.
People looking to lose weight spend money in all kinds of ways: On gym memberships or personal trainers, on diet pills and drinks, on special low-carb or high-protein or other scientific-sounding food product, on exercise videos, on books, and even on the diets themselves.
People desperate to shed a few pounds also try many fad diets, from the Atkins Diet to the Cabbage Soup Diet to the Master Cleanse and Juice fasts to coconut oil cures to Blood Sugar Diets to eating açai berries like they are going out of style. Many of these fad diets will result in weight loss, but they don't necessarily create the behavior changes necessary to keep the weight off and for general improved health.
All diets are not created equal; some work better than others. This hub will help cut the good from the fat, so to speak, and highlight the most effective popular diet plans out there.
Truly successful diets, those in which people lose real weight and keep most of it off for over one year, teach people new eating habits that are a lifelong affair. Many involve some sort of support component. And all require cutting calories.
Studies have shown that people in group counseling have better weight loss success than those who receive no counseling. Low carb diets work, but an extremely low-carb diet may not be sustainable as a lifestyle. Also, low-carb diets make some dieters feel sluggish.
Online and In-Person Diet Support
Studies have proved that people who get weekly in-person support lose weight more effectively than people who do not receive such support. Whether online or phone support works as well as in-person support is not yet known, but it seems that having support as you undertake something so daunting, hard and important as weight loss can only be a good thing.
Weight Watchers has one of the longest track records of success of any diet program out there. People who have reached their target weight through Weight Watchers cite the support they receive in weekly meetings, or online if they sign on for an online-only program, and also the nutrition lessons they learn through Weight Watchers points system. No food is off limits with Weight Watchers, but each food has a points value, and a person is allotted only so many points a day, depending on their weight, age, gender and activity level. This helps people learn to make choices and about portion control. People who follow the Weight Watchers diet to the letter can safely lose up to 2 pounds a week.
Studies suggest that phone support can be as effective as in-person support groups for people trying to lose weight. By that logic, online support such as that provided by eDiets should also give dieters the encouragement, support, information and help they need to safely and effectively drop the pounds. Edieters can lose between 1 and 2 pounds a week.
Nutritionist Manuel Villacorta developed his Eating Free philosophy in which, as with Weight Watchers, no food is off limits. Rather, his program considers portions, food combinations and getting the right assortment of nutrients over a day or week, and understanding why our bodies need certain foods. His program includes online and phone support, loads of recipes and information and a simple formula to help you understand what you need to eat for a healthy diet and achieve your weight loss goals. With Eating Free, you can lose up to 2 pounds a week, depending on your goals and how much weight you have to lose.
South Beach Diet
An oldie but a goodie. People who strictly follow the South Beach Diet can lose over 5 pounds in the first 2 week extreme phase of the diet (essentially, no fruits, breads, grains or pastas), and they can continue losing over one pound a week throughout the second, weight loss, phase which includes some fruit and "good" carbs. Phase three is about maintenance and a new, low-carb lifestyle. There is an inexpensive online version of the diet that provides menus and shopping lists, but very little in the way of support.
This iPhone and smart phone app is totally free and is an easy way to stay honest about what you eat in a day, and to keep track of calories consumed as well as burned. Study after study has shown that people who keep journals of everything they eat are far more successful at losing weight than people who do not log what they eat. Having such an app on your phone makes it easy to keep track of what you eat wherever you are, and if you are someone who eats the same lunch every day, there's a feature to create a quick key for favorite meals. You enter your current and ideal weights, and how many pounds you want to lose in what period of time. Lose It coughs out a daily calorie count. You can lose over 1 pounds a week.
Meal Delivery Diets
Doubt that you can do it on your own? Too busy to cook? To apt to add butter to the veggies? In the age of FedEx and the Internet, you can get nutritionist-planned, calorie controlled meals delivered right to your door. Meal delivery diet plans generally cost more than the do-it-yourself with some support kinds, but they also take the guesswork and calorie counting out of the equation. (Of course, that means they also teach the dieter less about changing their lifestyle.)
In the Zone
In the Zone is based on the Zone Diet, in which 40 percent of calories come from carbs, 30 percent from protein and 30 percent from fat, which supposedly is the ideal nutrient mix and promotes weight loss, increases energy and stabilizes insulin levels. This delivery program costs $40 or $50 per day for three frozen meals and two snacks, depending on which plan you choose, plus a $10 delivery charge. You can lose 1 to 1.5 pounds a week.
Jenny Craig's plan combines prepared meals that take out the guesswork with some in-person support and counseling and a weekly weigh-in. The program costs about $25 a day if you pick up the packaged foods yourself at a Jenny Craig center, and about $65 a day if you have it delivered to your home. The meal delivery includes three meals and a snack, and you add your own fresh fruits, veggies and dairy. You can lose 1 to 2 pounds a week.
The Nutrisystem diet is based on low glycemic foods, and it costs over $300 for four weeks of non-perishable meals. You can do a cheaper program in which one-third of the meals are frozen. You will lose between 1 and 2 pounds a week.
This delivery program provides portion-controlled frozen meals. The idea here is that the number of calories varies from day to day so that your body doesn't get used to a set number of calories so you don't plateau. It costs around $150 for 5 days of meals or $180 for seven days, along with a $25 delivery charge. You can lose 1 to 3 pounds a week.