A diet is simply what you eat. A diet limits portions to small sizes and excludes certain foods to promote weight loss. Some diets can be short term or long term. Diets can sometimes be bad for a person and they should consult a doctor before starting one. With all diets, it is beneficial for the dieter to exercise regularly.
A fad diet is a weight loss plan that promises to promote dramatic results. Typically, they don’t result in long term weight loss and are usually not very healthy. Sometimes they can be dangerous to ones health.
A low carbohydrate diet. The Atkins Diet consists of four phases ◦ Induction – proteins, healthy fats and vegetables ◦ Ongoing weight loss – add nuts, berries and yogurt ◦ Pre-maintenance – add fruits and legumes ◦ Lifetime maintenance – add breads and grains Diets like these can cause kidney failure and high cholesterol due to the high protein and low carbohydrates. For more information on this diet, visit their website ◦ http://www.atkins.com/Home.aspx
Low calorie, pre-packaged frozen meals. Emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, reduced fat milk products and “heart healthy” fats. ◦ Can have lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts. ◦ Limitations to foods with cholesterol, sodium, added sugars and saturated fats. Has no serious health concerns. For more information on this diet, visit their website ◦ http://www.jennycraig.com/
Based on actual research and clinical experience. Helps loss excess weight. Said to be a fad diet. At risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, strokes, and diabetes. For more information on this diet, visit their website ◦ http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mayo-clinic- diet/my01646
Inspired by foods eaten in countries that border the Mediterranean Sea. Studies have shown that it can help protect against chronic diseases such as heart diesase. Having too many monosaturated fats on the diet can promote weight gain, not weight loss. For more information on this diet, visit the website ◦ http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/mediterranean- diet/CL00011
Low calorie diet. Packed with natural enzymes and nutrients that help the body reach optimal health and shed pounds. Could cause food poisoning if food is not prepared properly and causes nutritional deficiencies. For more information on this diet, visit the website ◦ http://altmedicine.about.com/od/popularhealthdiets/a/Ra w_Food.htm
Shakes, bars, snacks and pre-packaged meals. Involves six small meals/snacks a day. Effective for long term weight loss. Four step approach ◦ Portion control ◦ Sensible eating ◦ Regular physical activity ◦ Support Dangers of the diet include complications with sugar alcohols and poor glycemic. This diet is not recommended for diabetics. For more information on this diet, visit their website ◦ http://www.slim-fast.com/
Modified low carbohydrate diet and high protein. Has three different phases ◦ Eliminate cravings and kick start weight loss ◦ Lose steadily ◦ Maintain for life Dieters should beware of high mercury levels from too much fish. For more information on this diet, visit their website ◦ http://www.southbeachdiet.com/sbd/publicsite/index.aspx
Science driven, balanced diet. Assigns foods point values based on its protein, carbohydrate, fat, fiber, calories, and how hard the body has to work to burn it off. This diet can become costly and is high in additives, preservatives and sugar. Can also cause vitamin deficiencies. For more information on this diet, visit their website ◦ http://www.weightwatchers.com/index.aspx
Remember to consult a doctor before starting any diet.