Fad Diets

The first type of rapid weight loss we will discuss is fad or “crash” diets. These diets promise rapid weight loss and usually deliver. The health benefits are many. Eating habits are changed to a healthier regime, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels are usually lowered, and the risk of obesity-related diseases is reduced. However, there are risks. Even though weight loss is attained quickly, the weight is often put back on and often the patient ends up gaining more weight. It can also cause some of the more serious health issues mentioned above. If you decide that a fad diet is for you then you must be ready to change your lifestyle. This means low fat, well-balanced nutritional intake of foods. It also means exercise and behavioral therapy. And your physician should monitor you at all times while you are dieting.

These are the most popular fad or crash diets and a basic summation of what they do and how they work.

1.Weight Watchers

 Started more than 40 years ago by Jean Nidetech. This diet is not as much a rapid weight loss program as it is a long-term solution for weight management. It is based on group support and they also use a scientific advisory board to keep up with trends and new dietary regulations from the FDA. This diet offers a range of foods assigned a point value rather than restricting certain foods. On the first visit, you will be given a food diary and a point allotment, which will be monitored in the food diary on a daily basis. Many restaurants often offer Weight Watchers entrees and give the point values. There are other places such as Jenny Craig that offer the same type of weight loss management program and food consumption plan.

2. Atkins Diet

This is one of the most popular diets available today. Robert Atkins MD started this diet. This diet is known as the low carb diet. It targets the hormone insulin to reduce the body’s level of insulin. The belief of this diet is that reducing insulin will reduce cravings and lowers fat storage. Atkins products and Atkins friendly menus can be found almost anywhere.

3.South Beach Diet

Cardiologist Arthur Agatson started the South Beach Diet. This diet is not a low carb diet but a diet that teaches you about eating the right carbohydrates and fats. It is based on 3 phases. Phase one is 14 days of no carbohydrates and reducing cravings for food, Phase 2 reintroduces carbohydrates that are better for you and help keep the weight down. Phase 3 is the phase that lasts for the rest of your life and teaches you to eat normal portions of normal foods without craving more.

4. Zone Diet

Dr. Barry Sanders created the Zone Diet. This diet is very similar to the Atkins diet in that it believes in reducing insulin to reduce cravings. The idea is to keep insulin in a “zone” not too high, not to low. Meals are put into “blocks’ and each food has a block value. This is based on a person’s height, weight, age, gender, and metabolism. Portions of food in this diet should contain 40% carbohydrates, 30% fats, and 30% proteins.

5. Dr. Phil Diet

Dr. Phil McGraw created The Ultimate Weight Loss Solution. This diet is a 7-step plan to change your lifestyle. It is a long-term weight loss management solution unlike other diets that track carbohydrates and calories; this is a plan to change your lifestyle and eating habits. This diet works by controlling the foods you eat and controlling the negative thoughts associated with food. Food eaten should be high in nutrition and low in calories. This book also teaches you when to eat, how to eat, what to eat, and how to eat when you don’t want to.

6. Macrobiotic Diet

Dr. Michio Kushi created this diet based on Japanese ways of living and eating healthy and adapted it for the Western world. It is designed to promote natural health and also help over 200 chronic conditions.

7. Other Diets

There are many other types of diets available such as The Raw Diet which is based on eating raw unprocessed plant foods, The Low Sodium Diet which reduces salt and table salt intake, Fruit Diets which consist of only eating certain types of fruits, and the Cabbage Diet which is eating cabbage Diet Pills.