At some point in your life, for whatever reason, you have probably tried dieting. It may have been to lose weight. It may have been to gain weight. Or, maybe it was just to start living a healthier lifestyle.
Whatever it is, dieting and eating a certain way has probably touched your life. For that reason, we decided to look at seven different hot diets now and let you decide which is best for you and your family.
TYPE: High, healthy fats
SUMMARY: The Bulletproof Diet is based on eating 50-60% of calories from healthy fats, 20% from protein, and the rest from vegetables.
CLAIM: Bulletproof foods are touted to “fill you up, keep you strong, and even make you smarter” and say you can lose up to a pound a day.
PRO: No calorie counting or measuring, stop eating when full
CON: Some controversy over the high use of fat, low use of fruits
SUMMARY: The Paleo Diet is based on eating the way our ancestors ate when they hunted and gathered–animal proteins and plants.
CLAIM: “Live healthier, fitter, disease-free life.”
PRO: OK to eat meat; low sodium
CON: Some feel restricted–can’t eat refined sugar, dairy, legumes and grains
TYPE: Intermittent Fast
SUMMARY: Eat what you want for five days a week and then fast for two days to send your body into starvation mode.
CLAIM: “Live longer; reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer; improve cholesterol levels and blood-sugar control”
PRO: Part-time dieting; eat what you want
CON: Not eating for two days
TYPE: Plant-based, balanced diet
SUMMARY: Emphasizes fruits and vegetables, olive oil, fish and other healthy fare.
CLAIM: Lose weight and keep it off while avoiding many chronic diseases.
PRO: Many choices of foods
CON: Can be hard on the budget as many of the foods are pricey.
SUMMARY: DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. In this diet you eat fruits, veggies, whole grains, lean protein and low-fat dairy, while staying away from sweets and red meat.
Voted #1 Best Overall Diet by US News and World Report.
CLAIM: “Prevents and lowers blood pressure and cholesterol”
PRO: Heart healthy
CON: A lot of work figuring out how many calories you can eat for your age and activity level, and then figuring out where those calories can come from
SUMMARY: The Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, or TLC, Diet focuses on lowering saturated fats and cholesterol in your diet, while increasing fiber and focusing heavily on fruits and vegetables.
Endorsed by the American Heart Association.
CLAIM: “Lowers bad cholesterol 8-10% in 6 weeks”
PRO: Heart healthy and government endorsed
CON: Pretty much on your own–have to figure out your own calorie intake and read labels
TYPE: Quick-acting weight loss plan
SUMMARY: Super shred is based on Shred Diet, but in overdrive. The Super Shred Diet is a four-week plan that focuses on meal spacing, snacking, meal replacement, and “diet confusion.”
CLAIM: “Rapid weight loss that never leaves you hungry.”
PRO: Quick results with claims that you can lose 5 pounds/week
CON: Not a long-term solution, used mainly to jump-start a plateau or lose last pounds
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