Let's face it, dieting is hard. There are so many temptations in today's world that finding – and sticking to – the right diet is almost impossible. You hear celebrities talk about what worked for them, but that doesn't necessarily work for you or your body type. So what do you do? How do you find that perfect weight-loss program for you? To help you start your search we have narrowed down some of the most popular diet programs that have been reported to actually work over the long term. So check them out and decide what one works for your lifestyle and your weight-loss goals.
1. Weight Watchers
This is one of the most popular diet plans around and for good reason. Its flexibility and group support that it offers makes it ideal for a lot of people who want to drop the weight in a healthy way. You can even buy some of their frozen food at your local grocery store, making it convenient for everyone. As well, they offer a new online platform that helps people track their points so they can easily see what they can and cannot eat.
2. Volumetrics Diet
This program emphasizes broth-based soups, large salads and other high-volume but low-calorie foods, helping you lose weight without starving yourself. The best thing about this program is that it offers a wide range of fibre-packed recipes that will keep you feeling full longer.
3. South Beach Diet
This program focuses on high-protein, low-carb meal plans that is respected by dietary experts. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton actually used this diet to help him drop belly fat and cure his addiction to fast food.
4. DASH Diet
This diet is recommended for anyone looking to lower their high blood pressure and reverse heart disease. It combines years of conventional weight-loss tips and research as well as exercise and sensible food options. It requires no special foods but instead offers daily and weekly nutritional goals. It includes a plan to eat vegetables, fruits and whole grains as well as including fat-free or low-fat dairy products, fish, poultry, beans, nuts and vegetable oils. It recommends limiting foods that are high in saturated fat, such as fatty meats. It also suggests you limit sugar-sweetened beverages and sweets.
5. Mediterranean Diet
This diet incorporates components from the traditional cooking style of countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It teaches you how to eat more fish, olive oil and vegetables, whether you are trying to lose weight or not. An analysis of more than 1.5 million healthy adults shows that following this diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from heart disease and cancer, as well as a reduced incidence of Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases.
6. Paleolithic Diet
Eating like our distant ancestors can have benefits to your health. This diet actually teaches you to eat how you were designed to eat by emphasizing the need for whole foods, fats and no grains. It focuses on eating today's food in a way that mimics the diet of our Hunter Gatherer or Paleolithic ancestors. It is primarily centred on eating high nutrient non toxic food that nourishes the body. It is a relatively new diet so the research on it is still new. However, experts are pleased with the fact the diet focuses on natural foods, fitness and lifestyle changes that are sensible to everyone.
7. Ornish Diet
This diet focuses on whole grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes to give you a low-fat, vitamin-rich eating plan. Its Website claims it is the first program scientifically proven to “undo” heart disease by making comprehensive lifestyle changes in your nutrition, fitness, stress management and love and support.
8. The Kind Diet
Alicia Silverstone's book, entitled The Kind Diet, encourages people to eat in a way that's both gentle on their bodies and the environment. This diet focuses on eating a wide range of whole foods that do not use any animal products. The actress actually credits this diet for her luscious hair, glowing skin and mellow attitude.
9. Body For Life
Research shows that muscle building while dieting can actually help preserve lean muscle mass while losing fat, which will keep your metabolism going so you're less likely to gain the weight back on later. This diet plan focuses on a simple, but healthy, diet that is high in protein to support muscle as well as a detailed weight lifting program.
10. Eco Atkins Diet
The old Atkins diet plan has been around for awhile and is known as much for its controversy as for its emphasis on high-protein, low-carb meals and snacks. The new program however, focuses on keeping your nutritional goals the same while moving away from the all meat mentality that made its original plan so famous. This Eco version includes vegetarian and vegan options as well so you don't have to be a meat lover to enjoy the benefits of a smaller waistline.