Although we promote healthy eating rather than “dieting” on Live Lighter, everyone is an individual and we all must discover what works for us. Maybe we can find which foods agree with us most by using diets as experiments (as long as you make sure you get all your nutrients and consult a doctor first, of course)! Check out these 8 diets that guest blogger, Jennifer Smith, found.
Dieting is something that probably all of us have tried. Whether we’ve failed or succeeded, many of us are never any wiser at the end of it. Different diets work for different people and it will always be difficult to sustain them – especially if results are slow. Here I have gathered together some of the best diet plans and hopefully found one for everybody:
The Paleo Diet
The Paleo Diet is the idea of eating foods that can be hunted and fished for. It’s a diet based on the nature of our ancestors that hunted for their own food. Although there is not an official page or document to follow for the Paleo diet, it is mainly just seen as a high meat intake diet and a low carb intake.
(Editor’s Note: According to Robb Wolf in the Paleo Solution, this diet is based on pre-agricultural times and the theory that our digestive systems have not evolved enough to properly breakdown grown-by-man foods, such as wheat, leading to digestive issues like gluten intolerance.)
This diet is said to be a long-term healthy eating program that can help you lose fat and so can be easier to stick to because there is time to get used to it.
The Atkins Diet
The Atkins diet is over 40 years old but has been released and updated plenty of times over that period. It’s basically a diet based on cutting out high carb foods. Eating foods high in carbohydrates results in a buildup of fat, when on the Atkins diet, your metabolism will transform from one that builds the fat up in the body, to one that burns it.
On this diet you are expected to eat more protein than usual such as fish, beef and pork. To help with this, there are protein bars and other Atkins products available to buy. This diet is not recommended for anyone that suffers kidney problems.
The Mediterranean Diet
Encouraging you to eat more natural foods is the philosophy of the Mediterranean diet and is unsurprisingly inspired by the lifestyles of those who live in the Mediterranean. The foods that benefit this diet are seeds, nuts, cereals, natural fruits and cheeses. It also advises a low intake of wine and promises to be good for a healthy heart.
People have reviewed this diet to be quite expensive in terms of buying all the natural foods, so if you are looking to lose weight on a budget, this might not be the best choice for you.
The Slimming World Diet
This has been particularly popular among women in recent years, so much so that there is now a vast choice of Slimming World food available in supermarkets nationwide. They focus around simple, healthier meals which are low in calories. Slimming World also have a website which has lots of different recipes for meals that are healthy yet delicious.
Joining Slimming World means attending regular meetings to discuss your progress of weight loss and get any further advice you may need. Like any other diet, healthy eating won’t work alone – you need a good workout plan too. Due to the meetings that take place and the point counting, this diet is great for someone that has a lot of time on their hands.
The Cambridge Diet
The Cambridge Diet consists of using meal replacements such as milkshakes and soups that prevent you from needing to eat and is known to aid rapid weight loss when taken with normal low calorie meals, three times a day.
Throughout the duration of the diet, you can speak to advisers and get support from representatives that can guide you through any troubles you might have.
The 5:2 Fasting Diet
The main point of the fasting diet is to eat whatever you like for 5 days in the week and spend 2 days fasting. In the 2 days of ‘fasting’ you are expected to stay within 500-600 calories a day.
This is favoured by many because of the fact that you can basically eat anything you like in those 5 days of eating. It could make it easier to stick to this diet when there is no need to cut out on your favourite fatty foods.
The French Diet
The French Diet is simple, reduce your portion sizes and eat higher quality food. Another important note is that it also advises eating less often too.
It seems almost too simple to be called a diet but the main focus is ensuring that you are replacing excessively large ‘filling’ meals with ones that are higher quality.
The Honey Diet
A spoonful of honey makes the sugar craving go down, they say. The honey diet promotes having a big spoonful of honey before bed, as this prevents you from getting urges to over indulge in sugary foods the next day.
The hardest part of dieting is cutting back on sugar and all our favourite treats – and this diet aims to help that. Putting honey in your tea and coffee as a replacement to sugar is a great idea too, as honey is just as sweet as white sugar but not as bad for us. Make sure to balance the honey with a decrease in fatty foods and exercise.
This diet is perfect for people with a sweet tooth that find it difficult to control their craving.
Diets are never plain sailing, particularly depending on what kind of diet you opt for; find one that works for you and stick to it and you’ll soon be fitting into your old jeans in no time.
About the Author
This blog was written by Jennifer Smith on behalf of TABlites, the E-cigarette specialists.
What diets have worked for you? Have you tried any of these diets? Leave a comment!