10 Diets that really work

Fad diets come and go, some backed by celebrities, and some that are just plain weird, but how can you tell which diets really work? Whatever diet you follow, you still need to get the nutrients that your body needs to function to properly, so you should only try the diet plans that don’t seem too extreme. Some of these diets, though, have stood the test of time and been proven to be very effective and the best recommendation for a plan will be the honest recommendations from people who have actually tried it. We would suggest that you are wary of any diet claims that seem to be too good to be true and check out these ten diets that really do work. If you have any current medical conditions, you should check with your doctor first before starting on any diet plan.

1. South Beach diet

There are some pretty big claims made by the South Beach Diet, but it is based upon sound dietary common sense. The South Beach Diet works by replacing the bad fats and carbs with good ones. It’s a three phase diet that begins with eliminating all carbs from your diet and then gradually increasing them. The plan claims that you can lose between eight and thirteen pounds in the first two weeks, but that will depend on what you are when you start the diet.

2. Atkins diet

The Atkins diet, which claims that you can lose fifteen pounds in the first two weeks, restricts your intake of carbohydrates and allows you to eat high protein foods. This makes a lot of sense, because, the body uses protein for energy more efficiently than it does carbs so less fat will accumulate. The other rule in the early stages of the Atkins diet is that no alcohol at all is allowed, so not so good if you enjoy a glass of wine with your meals!

3. Cabbage soup diet

The cabbage diet could be one that is considered a bit of a fad, but people do say that is very effective. If you don’t like cabbage, then steer clear of his one, because you will be eating a lot of cabbage soup! This is a seven day crash diet that claims that you will lose ten pounds. The diet couples cabbage soup with other fruits and vegetables, but it is probably not a diet to be recommended for people who are very active, because you may experience a loss of energy over those seven days.

4. Low carb diet

There are a number of low carb diets, and they all follow pretty much the same principle of restricting foods such as grains, potatoes, and beans and eating more nutrient rich fruit and vegetables. This is certainly a valid approach to losing weight, because carbohydrates can cause increases in insulin, which has been linked to excess fat being stored in the body.

5. Cambridge diet

Cambridge diet plans have been around for some tome and they focus on reducing calories by eating meal replacement products such as bars and shakes. There are various versions of the plan and you choose the one that is right for the amount of weight you want to lose. The plan is reported to be effective, but like any diet that cuts calories significantly, some people have reported feeling dizzy or lightheaded. The other thing to bear in mind about meal replacement plans is that you have to like the taste of the replacement food, or you have a problem!

6. Volumetric diet

This diet focuses on your eating foods that will fill up, but that don’t contain very many calories, so there are lots of watermelons, grapes and similar types of food that contain lots of water and fibre. This is perfect if you are a person that finds it hard to control your appetite and it has been proven to be effective too. It’s not all watery vegetables and fruit that you have to eat though, food is set into different categories and the plan allows for protein, carbs, and fats as well.

7. Grapefruit diet

The grapefruit diet relies on controlled portions, cutting out carbohydrates, and drinking grapefruit juice with every meal. It promises that you can lose up ten pounds in less than two weeks and they attribute this to the fat burning properties of grapefruit. Because of the presence of the grapefruit in this diet, you can eat some foods that you might have thought you wouldn’t be allowed to on a diet.

8. Dukan Diet

The Dukan diet is a high protein, low carbohydrate diet with which you can eat as much as you like, so long as you stick to the plan’s rules. The plan defines what you can eat in each of its four phases and most carbohydrates are not allowed. The good thing about this diet is that initial weight loss can be quite dramatic and that motivates you to carry on with the remaining stages. The downside to the Dukan diet is that the nutritional balance is not very good, so you will need to take a vitamin supplement. This is quite an extreme diet, so tread carefully with it.

9. Paleo diet

The Paleo diet, which is also known as the caveman diet, was so popular in 2013 that it became the most searched for weight loss plan on Google. It is basically a high protein, low carb diet that is based on eating only what our hunter-gatherer ancestors could have eaten 10,000 years ago. Eating less processed food is no bad thing anyway, but, even though many people claimed great successes with the diet, only limited research has ever been conducted to prove this.

10. Zone diet

The zone diet concentrates on balancing insulin levels by controlling the portions of fats, carbohydrates, and protein that you can eat each day. The diet, which promises to help you lose one to two pounds very week, should allow you to lose weight without noticing any loss in energy.

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