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 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.
Goal: Weight loss, heart and brain health, cancer prevention, and diabetes prevention and control
Resembles these U.S. News-rated diets: Vegetarian Diet, DASH Diet, Mayo Diet, Clinic Diet
The claim of this diet is that you will lose weight, keep it off, and avoid a host of chronic diseases.
It’s generally accepted that the folks in the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea live longer and suffer less than most Americans from cancer and cardiovascular ailments. The not-so-surprising secret is an active lifestyle, weight control, and a diet low in red meat, sugar, and saturated fat and high in produce, nuts, and other healthful foods.
Resembles these U.S. News-rated diets: Volumetrics Diet, DASH Diet
The claim of this diet is that you will shed 6 to 10 pounds in two weeks and continue losing 1 to 2 pounds weekly until you’ve hit your goal weight.
You recalibrate your eating habits, breaking bad ones and replacing them with good ones with the help of the Mayo Clinic’s unique food pyramid.
The pyramid emphasizes fruits, veggies, and whole grains. In general, these foods have low energy density, meaning you can eat more but take in fewer calories. Think of it this way: For about the same amount of calories you could have a quarter of a Snicker’s bar or about two cups of broccoli.