Establishing what kind of diet is best for you is difficult enough and on top of that it is more difficult to stick to any particular one. It is especially difficult if includes you don’t or wont normally eat. So sticking to a diet directly relates to picking a plan that works for you and may be the most important in accomplishing your goal. Of course you should eat well balanced meals, take in plenty of greens and every other color of the rainbow but how much of that can you take in every day. Good news is that there is so much variety of delicious options that you don’t have to sacrifice your taste buds. Below you will find several diets that have shown tremendous results for several individuals. Fitness Drive has included a brief description below each one to help narrow down your choice. Take a look through the ones that you feel comfortable with and see what more it has to offer including reviews and timeline for your goals. Keep in mind that diets are based on individuals’ preferences and the success of each diet is solely based on ones own drive. [ Coming Soon: Use the “Create My Weekly Meal Plan” link to customize a plan that includes your favorites and to add some variety to your routine.]
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Below is an in depth evaluation of the top 7 “Gold Medal” Diets according to U.S. News. Click on the picture or the link to get a full description which will include everything you need to know to start or continue your goal. [The table at the bottom of the page ranks a total of 32 Diets. Following on the links will open a new window for the U.S. News Website.]
#1 – DASH Diet (4.1 out of 5.0)
The DASH was first developed to fight high blood pressure, not as an all-purpose diet. But it certainly looked like an all-star to our panel of experts, who gave it high marks for its nutritional completeness, safety, ability to prevent or control diabetes, and role in supporting heart health. Though obscure, it beat out a field full of better-known diets.
#2 – TLC Diet (4.0 out of 5.0)
Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, or TLC, is a very solid diet plan created by the National Institutes of Health. It has no major weaknesses, and it’s particularly good at promoting cardiovascular health. One expert described it as a “very healthful, complete, safe diet.” But it requires a “do-it-yourself” approach, in contrast to the hand-holding provided by some commercial diets.
#3 – Mayo Clinic Diet (3.9 out of 5.0)
This is the Mayo Clinic’s take on how to make healthy eating a lifelong habit. It earned especially high ratings from our experts for its nutrition and safety and as a tool against diabetes. Experts found it moderately effective for weight loss.
#4 – Mediterranean Diet (3.9 out of 5.0)
With its emphasis on fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish, and other healthy fare, the Mediterranean diet is eminently sensible. And experts’ assessments of it were resoundingly positive, giving this diet an edge over many competitors.
#5 – Weight Watchers Diet (3.9 out of 5.0)
Weight Watchers is a smart, effective diet. It surpassed other commercial diet plans in multiple areas, including short- and long-term weight loss and how easy it is to follow. It’s also nutritionally sound and safe, according to experts. Among its pluses: An emphasis on group support, lots of fruits and vegetables, and room for occasional indulgences.
#6 – Flexitarian Diet (3.8 out of 5.0)
The Flexitarian diet, which emphasizes fruits, veggies, whole grains, and plant-based protein, is a smart and healthy choice. It outperformed many of its competitors, with particularly high scores in nutritional completeness, easiness to follow, and long-term weight loss. One panelist noted that this diet is “a nice approach that could work for the whole family,” and another described it as a “very good” plan.
#7 – Volumetrics Diet (3.8 out of 5.0)
Volumetrics outperformed its competitors in many categories. It earned particularly high marks for being safe and nutritious, and experts said it could have a positive effect on heart health and diabetes. “This is an eating plan that everyone can benefit from,” one expert said.
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