How many diets are the nation on and which ones are the best?

Our nation’s waist line is clearly expanding, simultaneously there’s an influx of dieticians, personal trainers, fitness regimes, new fitness classes, special boot camps, wellness centres and the list continues. In a recent article Beyonce revealed she gained 57lbs during her pregnancy and lost that weight through a vegan eating lifestyle. As the article continued to discuss her weight loss journey it took me to a link to what apparently is the 14 Best Diets for this year. When I saw the list on the Daily Beast I knew it was something I had to share with you all Weight Watchers is surprisingly NOT number 1. So, here we go…

14. Paleolithic Diet: Eat like a caveman, literally. Focus on meats, vegetables, fruit and roots.
Good for Heart Health? No
Cutting out processed foods, including those stuffed with white flour, sugar, or unpronounceable additives, is a modern standard rule in healthy eating. The Paleolithic diet is almost an extreme variation on that rule,eliminating any food that was not eaten before the industrial or agricultural revolution. That means grains, dairy, legumes, and oils are off the plate.

13. Glycemic Index Diet: Stick to foods that don’t spike blood sugar
Good for Heart Health? No
All foods with carbohydrates have a value along the glycemic index scale,from white bread close to the max of 100 to peanuts with less than 10. The GI diet eschews foods that have a high GI value, as they cause a rapid spike in blood sugar that is stored as fat if unused. Foods that are composed of nearly all protein and fat aren’t really addressed in the diet, since they have no GI value, so the plan can be a hard to follow and assess nutritionally.

12. Zone Diet: Perfecting the balance between carbs, fat, and protein and strict portion control
Good for Heart Health? Inconclusive
The Zone Diet focuses on a ratio of 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fat, and 30 percent proteins, which creator Dr. Barry Sears claims regulates blood-sugar levels.

11. Ornish Diet: Loads of fibre, little fat, and no meat, fish, or alcohol
Good for Heart Health? Extremely
Dr. Dean Ornish is known in the medical field for his work in reversing coronary artery disease with diet, exercise, and meditation,the same approach he recommends for weight loss… Centred around fruits, vegetables, and legumes, only 10 percent of calories come from fats. Meats, oils, nuts, and alcohol are forbidden

10. LEARN Diet: Low-fat diet with exercise and learning to change relationship with food
Good for Heart Health? Extremely
An acronym for Lifestyle, Exercise, Attitudes, Relationships, and Nutrition, the LEARN diet was created by Dr. Kelly Brownell. The diet is a low-fat regimen, with 55-60 percent of calories from carbohydrates and less than 10 percent from saturated fat.

9. Mediterranean Diet: A lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and olive oil with very little red meat
Good for Heart Health? Yes
A calorie-restrictive, Mediterranean diet with a target of 35 percent of calories from fat, primarily from olive oil and nuts, produced one of the lowest attrition rates in a 2008 study among the clinical studies that were compared for this list.

8. DASH Diet: Heavy on the classics: fruits, vegetables and whole grains
Good for Heart Health? Yes
Weight loss is really just a side effect of the DASH diet, which was created by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute. The conceit is familiar,lots of fruits, vegetables, legumes, low-fat dairy and whole grains and limited quantities of red meat and processed foods. Without saturated fat, sugar, and salt, plus alcohol only in moderation, the diet promises to reduce blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels.

7. Atkins Diet (Low-Carb Diet): Strict limits on all carbohydrates
Good for Heart Health? No
Dr. Robert Atkins published Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution in 1972, and several decades later became one of the most popular diet franchises of the aughts. While the diet’s popularity has waxed and waned throughout the past 40 years, a generic low-carb diet has been proven to help keep the flab off once weight has been lost. The program limits dietary intake of net carbohydrates: total carbohydrates minus dietary fibre, which Atkins theorized increases one’s metabolism and burns stored body fat. The problem: low-carb diets often result in high-fat consumption, which isn’t great for cardiovascular health.

6. Slim-Fast: Shakes and snack bars instead of meals
Good for Heart Health? Inconclusive
While meal-replacement shakes have been available in the U.S. since Metrecal appeared on shelves in the 1960s, Slim-Fast has become a cultural and diet staple since S. Daniel Abraham introduced it in 1977.

5. Low-Fat Diet: Plenty of fat-free and low-fat foods
Good for Heart Health? Extremely
This regimen is designed to reduce the risk for heart disease and stroke, outlining a limit of 30 percent of calories from fat, 10 percent from saturated fat and 300 mg of cholesterol.

4. Vegan Diet: Cut out all animal-based products
Good for Heart Health? Yes
A vegan diet goes one step beyond a vegetarian diet. In addition to eliminating meat, fish, and poultry, vegans also cut out dairy, eggs, and even honey (as it’s churned by bees).. One notable study published in 2007 concluded that a low-fat vegan diet resulted in ‘significantly greater weight loss’ than a low-fat, low-cholesterol diet. After one year, the vegan dieters lost an average of 10.8 lbs., while the low-cholesterol dieters lost an average of just 4 lbs.

3. Jenny Craig: Packaged food and weekly check-ins
Good for Heart Health? Inconclusive
Members of the Jenny Craig program start with the company’s branded food and menu plan, and then gradually wean themselves off the products as weight loss goals progress. Jenny and Sid Craig, who formed the company in 1983 in Melbourne, created the program

2. Weight Watchers: Every calorie counts, plus weekly meetings and/or online support
Good for Heart Health? Yes
The program uses a point system based on carbohydrate, protein, fat and fibre count in an attempt to simplify the complicated factors in nutrition and weight.

1. Volumetrics: Lots of water in everything you eat
Good for Heart Health? Yes
Pioneered by nutritionist Dr. Barbara J. Rolls, who co-authored The Volumetrics Weight-Control Plan with journalist Robert A. Barnett in 2000, the volumetrics diet focuses on eating foods that have high water content to promote the feeling of satiety and combat feelings of hunger and deprivation.
What an exhausting list to read. The bottom line is; to lose weight successfully and healthily all you need to do is avoid bad fats, eat lots and lots vegetables, keep your sugars (including fruits), meat and dairy produce to a minimum, eat little & often and drink lots of water. How easy was that????

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