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.]
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.
Resembles these U.S. News-rated diets: Mayo Clinic Diet,Jenny Craig, Ornish Diet
The claim of this diet is that you will shed a pound or two a week.
People tend to eat the same weight, or amount, of food each day, regardless of how many calories they take in. Since some foods are less energy dense than others—that is, they have fewer calories per gram—filling your plate with more of those means you’ll be eating fewer calories without actually eating less food. Low-density foods, which are low in calories but high-volume, help you feel full and satisfied while dropping pounds. Fruits and veggies are ideal, since they’ll fill you up without breaking your calorie bank. (A pound of low-density carrots, for example, contains as many calories as an ounce of high-density peanuts.) Volumetrics is all about getting more mileage out of what you eat.
Resembles these U.S. News-rated diets: Vegetarian Diet,Macrobiotic Diet, Raw Food Diet, Anti-Inflammatory Diet, Eco-Atkins Diet, Engine 2 Diet, Traditional Asian Diet, Vegan Diet
The claim of this diet is that Flexitarians weigh 15 percent less than their more carnivorous counterparts; have a lower rate of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer; and live an average of 3.6 years longer.
Flexitarian is a marriage of two words: Flexible and vegetarian.The term was coined more than a decade ago,and in her 2009 book, The Flexitarian Diet: The Mostly Vegetarian Way to Lose Weight, Be Healthier, Prevent Disease, and Add Years to Your Life, registered dietitian Dawn Jackson Blatner says you don’t have to eliminate meat completely to reap the health benefits associated with vegetarianism—you can be a vegetarian most of the time, but still chow down on a burger or steak when the urge hits.
Resembles these U.S. News-rated diets: Mayo Clinic Diet, Jenny Craig Diet
The claim of this diet is that you will shed 2 pounds weekly.
There’s more to dieting than counting calories – if you make healthy choices that fill you up, you’ll eat less. Weight Watchers’ PointsPlus program, launched in November 2010, assigns every food a points value, based on its protein, carbohydrate, fat, fiber, calories, and how hard your body has to work to burn it off. Choices that fill you up the longest “cost” the least, and nutritionally dense foods cost less than empty calories. So if you’re wavering between a 200-calorie fruit smoothie and a 200-calorie iced coffee, the smoothie is the smarter choice.