Weight Loss Diets – What’s Everyone Using?

So many people today are looking to improve their health and take some unwanted pounds off of their bodies. If you are one of those individuals, the many diet plans available to follow can be overwhelming. How are you supposed to chose? Let’s take a look at three popular diets. One of them just might be right for you.

The South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet is one popular diet that is used by many to lose weight and to live a healthy lifestyle. The diet plan is composed of three different phases and emphasizes eating foods that will not raise your blood sugar levels. During phase one you need to eliminate virtually all carbohydrates. You will be on this phase for 2 weeks and should see a pretty significant weight loss of between 5 and 13 pounds.

After you have completed phase one you will move onto phase two. During this stage you will begin to reintroduce healthy carbohydrates back into your diet. This will include unprocessed fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains. You should lose about 1-2 pounds per week during this phase. Once you have reached your goal weight you can then move onto phase three.

During phase three you will simply eat a healthy balanced diet. If at any time you begin to put weight on again, you can return to phase one for a few days to shed the pounds. While on the diet you should be sure to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. Many people report improved cardiovascular health from the diet and most experts agree that it also decrease your risk for diabetes.

Mediterranean Diet

Another diet that is becoming increasingly popular in the United States is the Mediterranean Diet. The diet is derived from the people who live near the Mediterranean Sea. The individuals who live there, are thought to be some of the healthiest people in the world. The diet is rich in whole foods and low in saturated and trans fat.

The Mediterranean diet is basically an overall healthy eating plan. It allows you to eat only unprocessed, unrefined fresh foods. Your meal plan will consist of an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes, dried beans, whole grains, nuts and seeds. You can also eat moderate amounts of fish and poultry. Red meat should be saved as a rare treat. Finally, if you wish you can enjoy a glass of wine with your dinner.

Weight Watchers Diet

Probably the most popular diet in the United States is the Weight Watchers Diet. It has been around for fifty years. The diet has been tweaked over time and the current version entitled momentum is based on a point system. The downside is that you will have to pay to get access to the diet and you can choose from in person meetings or doing it on your own through web support.

The diet plan emphasizes eating nutritious foods including fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy. At the beginning of each day you start out with a total daily point value. Each food and beverage item you consume has a point value. You then record what you eat in a food journal. You need to balance your points out throughout the day, because when you run out of points you are not supposed to eat any more.

Overall, many people find the plan easy to follow and over the years it has been successful for many individuals.

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