Many Americans claim to watch what they eat and even try to improve their eating habits. Many tell of starting (or restarting) a diet, hoping their intentions do not fail again. In honor of all those good intentions. When it comes to fad diets, it’s not hard to find popular diets on the internet. Just google the words “diet” or “fad diet” and the weight loss choices are overwhelming. Low-carb, high-protein, or liquid diet? There are so many. That’s why it’s important to choose one that’s just right for you.
Fad diets are extremely popular for losing weight. They typically promise rapid weight loss and other health benefits, yet often have no scientific evidence supporting their use. In addition, they are often nutritionally unbalanced and ineffective over the long term. However, there are some “fad” diets that have been found to produce weight loss in high-quality, controlled studies. What’s more, these diets can be healthy, well-balanced and sustainable.
Here is a list of the most hyped diets that are actually worth it:
1. The "DASH" Diet
The DASH diet was ranked best diet of 2017 by doctors and nutritionists because it promotes a healthy lifelong approach to losing weight. It involves eating a diet composed mostly of fruits, vegetables, low or nonfat dairy products, whole grains, lean meats (fish and poultry), nuts and beans.
It breaks down the number of servings you should be eating of each food depending on the number of calories you will be consuming. It's a great way to lose weight and sustain it for a lifetime.
2. Atkins Diet
The Atkins diet is the most famous low-carb weight loss diet in the world. Created by cardiologist Robert Atkins in the early 1970s, the Atkins diet claims to produce rapid weight loss without hunger.
It consists of four stages, including an initial two-week Induction Phase that restricts carbs to 20 grams per day, while allowing unlimited amounts of protein and fat. During this phase, your body begins converting fat into compounds called ketones and switches to use these as its main source of energy. After this, the Atkins diet asks its followers to gradually add back their carbs in 5-gram increments in order to determine their “critical carbohydrate levels” for losing weight and maintaining the loss. Studies that compared the Atkins diet to other diets have shown it to be at least as effective and frequently more effective for weight loss.
3. South Beach Diet
Designed by a Florida-based cardiologist who wanted to protect his patients from serious medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes, the South Beach diet is one of the popular diets that stresses the importance of controlling hunger by eating before it strikes. Dieters are urged to disrupt the typical "hunger-overeat-gain-weight" cycle by cutting out bad carbs and focusing on lean protein, low-fat dairy, and good carbs — whole grains, vegetables, and fruit. While the first phase of the diet is strict, the third, "Maintenance," phase is meant to be a lifelong eating plan that allows you to enjoy occasional treats while maintaining a healthy weight.
4. Cabbage Soup Diet
The Cabbage Soup Diet can be considered a fad diet as it consists of consuming cabbage soup for one whole week. It is certainly a diet that works fast. It lasts only seven days and it is extremely low in calories and high in fiber. The followers of this diet claim that they can lose as much as 10 pounds in only one week and that no exercise is required.
5. The 3 Day Diet
The 3 Day Diet, also referred to as the Cardiac Diet, is meant for rapid weight loss. It is often used in hospitals for cardiac patients who need to lose large amounts of weight before having heart surgery. Proponents of this diet claim that you can drop 10 pounds in three days and that you can manage to lose 40 pounds in one month.
6. The "TLC" Diet
The TLC diet stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes and is mostly recommended for people that need to lower their cholesterol but it also provides a great weight loss program as well. The program involves eating specific percentages of your daily caloric intake with an emphasis on low-fat foods. This diet even factors in sweets and snacks as long as they're moderately low in fat and fit into your caloric intake.
7. Ketogenic Diet
Although the ketogenic diet has been called a “fad” diet, there is no denying it can be very effective for losing weight. It works by lowering levels of insulin and shifting your primary fuel source from sugar to ketones. These compounds are made from fatty acids, and your brain and other organs can burn them for energy.
When your body doesn’t have carbs to burn and switches to ketones, you’re in a state called ketosis. However, unlike the Atkins and other low-carb diets, ketogenic diets don’t gradually increase their carbs. Instead, they keep carb intake very low to ensure followers stay in ketosis.
8. The Paleo Diet May Be Difficult To Maintain
In its purest form, the Paleolithic diet — more commonly known as the paleo diet or the "caveman diet" — allows only those foods that humans ate when we first roamed the planet, half a million years ago: Fish, lean meats, fruit, non-starchy veggies, and nuts are in; starchy veggies, dairy foods, grains, and processed foods are out. Because of its straightforward guidelines, focus on nutrient-rich produce, and emphasis on exercise, the paleo diet has earned a loyal following among fans who say it helps them not only lose weight but get — and stay — healthier. However, experts say the long-term results aren't proven and the diet is difficult to maintain.
Fad diets will always be popular, and new plans will continue to be created to address people’s desire to lose weight quickly. Although many so-called fad diets are unbalanced and don’t live up to their claims, there are several that actually do. In this post, I shared with you a list of the most hyped diets that are actually worth it.
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