There are all sorts of diet plans out there. This is good because different people can respond differently to a weight loss program. Variety is necessary! There are currently eight popular diets that have worked effectively for many people, providing more options for dieting:
The Atkins Diet tries to control the body’s insulin levels through the kinds of food consumed. More protein is consumed to decrease the levels of insulin in the bloodstream. This high protein diet has helped millions of people lose weight.
The Zone Diet creates a nutritional balance with 40% carbohydrates, 30% fats, and 30% protein. The focus is to control the insulin levels that will result in weight loss. The diet consists of unrefined carbohydrates and fats including nuts, olive oil, and avocado.
The Vegetarian Diet does not allow eating animal foods. No meat, but you can have animal products like eggs, honey, and dairy. Vegetarians have a lower body weight; suffer from less diseases, and longer life spans, according to current studies. Since the meat products have been removed from the diet, vegetarians consume less fat.
The Vegan Diet is more stringent than the vegetarian diet. Aside from meat, even animal-derived products cannot be eaten. No eggs, no dairy, no honey. It is also more of a philosophy and way of life since than a straight-on diet plan. The diet is based more on environmental and ethical reasons versus weight loss issues.
The Weight Watchers Diet focuses on weight loss, exercise, and a support network or group. Dieters have the ability of meeting in person with the groups or using online services for support. The diet reduces the types of foods consumed while increasing the levels of exercise.
The South Beach Diet focuses on the levels of insulin and refined carbohydrates in the diet. The foods consumed are low in fat as a method of controlling the insulin, which leads to weight loss and better health.
The Raw Food Diet involves eating… well, raw food. Even processed juices are not allowed. All food must also be organic. There are four types of raw food dieters – raw vegetarians, raw vegans, raw omnivores, and raw carnivores. Proponents believe food must be eaten uncooked as it preserves precious nutrients and prevents adding elements that lead to sickness and weight gain.
The Mediterranean Diet is a diet from Southern Europe that focuses on the eating habits of citizens of Crete, Greece, and southern Italy. The concentration is on a lot of plant foods, fresh fruits as dessert, beans, nuts, cereals, seeds, olive oil for the main source of dietary fats, cheese and yogurts for the main dairy foods, moderate levels of fish, consuming less than four eggs a week, limited amounts of the red meat, and limited amounts of wine. The Mediterranean Diet consists of fat with the saturated fat less than 8% of the caloric intake.
There are pros and cons for each type of diet depending on your body type, your current state of health… and of course, your lifestyle. Do a little more research and you will see which of these Top 8 Diets will work for you.