Diet Plans 101 – Part 1
It is human to desire an ideal weight. For this reason, people blindly welcome diet fads with arms wide open. They would just as soon drop these diets because they tend to become repetitive. It’s human nature too.
Concerns over the boringness of diets have led many people to create new ones through the years. Presented here are the first 10 diet plans of our Diet Plans 101 series.
4 Day Diet Plan
Most diets are too monotonous for some people. Monotony is one of the biggest excuses among dieters for quitting their eating programs. Not that they don’t want to lose weight, because they really do; they are just stiff bored of the meals.
If you want variety but still want to slim down, the 4 Day Diet may be your best weight loss solution. This is a very dynamic program, in that you never eat the same food for more than four days. The 4 Day Diet book is penned by Ian K. Smith, M.D.
This eating regimen consists of seven phases, each of which lasts for four days. Every phase or module has a different meal plan, which focuses on a particular food group. Also, every module has a different set of recommended exercises. By 28 days, you will have lost weight by as much as 12 lbs.
More remarkably, the 4-Day Diet helps you tackle the psychological impediments to dieting and weight reduction in general. Throughout the program, you are given tools and strategies to counter those hurdles, e.g. by “thinking like thin people,” using the power of affirmations, and measuring success according to other means than the scale.
5 Factor Diet Plan
With proponents like Eva Mendes and Jessica Simpson, the 5 Factor Diet has captured the imagination of the masses. They are asking themselves if this diet could work wonders to their bodies like it did to those celebrities. An answer to that question depends on your viewpoint.
If you were the incredulous type, you would have sniffed out yesterday the suspiciousness of the number of endorsements behind this diet. Aside from Mendes and Simpson, the likes of Alicia Keys, John Mayer, Kanye West, and Mandy Moore have hyped this diet to the stratosphere.
But if you were just a tad more open-minded, you would see the novelty of this weight loss solution. Some nutritionists consider the 5 Factor Diet to be a fresh take on nutritionally balanced eating. After all, it covers every food group and helps you change unhealthy eating behaviors.
Yet as the debate rages on, the situation becomes increasingly obvious. With the mileage it is getting from celebrities, the 5 Factor Diet is seriously making five-star rounds in Tinseltown and elsewhere.
17 Day Diet Plan
Designed by Dr. Michael Moreno, the 17 Day Diet consists of four cycles. Each of the first three cycles lasts 17 days while the final one is for the long term.
For the first 17 days, known as “Accelerate,” you are to consume no more than 1,200 calories daily while avoiding fast-food, refined grains, sweets, and their sort. This is a cycle when your body should speed up its fat metabolic rate. At the end of this cycle, you must have reduced up to 15 pounds.
Cycle 2 is called “Activate,” wherein you take slightly more calories than earlier. In this cycle, you are to alternate between days when you consume 1,200 calories and those when you consume 300 more. Moreno believes that confounding metabolism this way would help you drop six pounds.
“Achieve,” the third cycle, calls for the inclusion of more healthy foods. It is a “stabilization period,” so to speak, when you may lose as much as three pounds.
Cycle 4 is when you presumably “Arrive” at your ideal weight. This is no longer a 17-day phase; “Arrive” should last for as long as you want to maintain your new found lightness. You are to eat as you did in the previous phases each week from now on. But on weekends, you may eat whatever you like.
Atkins Diet Plan
You heard it right; the Atkins Diet advocates a diet low in carbohydrates, while bringing traditionally rich food to the fore.
This diet was controversial then, and it certainly is controversial now.
Publicized first in the 1972 book Dr. Atkin’s Diet Revolution, this regimen has divided public opinion due to its liberalness.
If you were the type not to easily give up on a saucy steak or an oily lamb chop, then the Atkins Nutritional Approach is for you.
Baby Food Diet Plan
For sheer curiosity, you may have wondered, at one point or the other in your adult life, how it feels like to eat baby nosh again. You may even have tasted your infant’s food on the sly.
Tracy Anderson, Gwyneth Paltrow’s fitness trainer, says you should eat baby food entirely if you want to get back the slimness you had at birth.
Fad or forever, Anderson’s Baby Food Diet is gaining a supporter or two by the moment.
She is also gaining a critic or two, unconvinced that her diet should amount to anything more than baby talk.
Belly Fat Cure Diet Plan
Fats are stubborn to eliminate from the belly. Often, a pot belly is always the last to go during a weight reduction program. But don’t go crying to the surgeon just yet; one diet claims to help you lose pound upon pound of pot belly fat.
Celebrity fitness trainer Jorge Cruise claims you can lose as much as nine pounds of abdominal fat. That is, if you just follow everything outlined in his new tome The Belly Fat Cure. Like the Atkins Diet, the Belly Fat Cure Plan virtually tells you to gorge on any food you crave, except that you follow a “carbohydrate swap” system.
Such dictum marks a drastic departure from what Cruise espoused in his previous publication The 3-Hour Diet: How Low-Carb Diets Make You Fat and Timing Makes You Thin. In that book, he advocated calorie counting and portion control just like any cookie-cutter nutritionist and dietitian. Now Cruise seems to have abandoned such sage nutritional wisdom.
Best Life Diet Plan
As you know, Oprah Winfrey always takes note of her favorite things. For eating programs, she has taken a liking to the Best Life Diet, whose author, Bob Greene, has also become her favorite fitness trainer.
Only safe, effective diets could get the attention of the Queen of All Media. She has struggled with weight for many years and accordingly tried on a whole gamut of eating programs. Now she swears by the Best Life Diet.
But the Best Life Diet is a misnomer; Greene’s program is not so much a diet as a lifestyle, characterized by healthy food and regular exercise. Being so, the Best Life Diet is not designed as a quick fix for losing weight. It should make you lose weight slowly and healthily.
This program has a simple principle: Eat only what you can burn. For this reason, it motivates you to kick unhealthy habits and take up healthy ones in their place.
You may refer to Greene’s Best Life Diet book for specific instructions on how to go through the program. The Best Life Diet contains a wide range of menus and recipes for all fitness levels, eating practices, and lifestyles. It also contains many strategies to help you stay in the program in the long term. The Best Life Diet site offers additional tools plus a wide support system in the forum.
Big Breakfast Diet Plan
Others say losing weight is all about the food choices you make. Dr. Daniela Jakubowicz says it’s all about the timing. This is the premise of her Big Breakfast Diet, about which she goes into detail in an eponymous book: The Big Breakfast Diet: Eat Big Before 9 A.M. and Lose Big for Life.
Under this regimen, you may eat voraciously at breakfast but lessen your intake as the day wears on. Such timing supposedly manipulates your circadian rhythms, which has an effect on the way the body utilizes protein and carbohydrates.
By tapping into this bodily process, the Big Breakfast Diet may just accelerate your metabolic rate and lead you to Slimville. Not only that, but Dr. Jakubowicz has also wagered the Big Breakfast Diet can fill you up efficiently. The payoff should be 25 lbs. of lost weight in about a month.
Biggest Loser Diet Plan
Contestants on NBC’s The Biggest Loser are lucky. They not only have the privilege of a credible fitness support team to help them lose a lot of weight. They also wrench lots of moneymaking, fortune-striking mileage from the media.
Ironically, it is an attention they will never get from sedentarily watching TV in their couches.
But you’re luckier. You can lose weight without sacrificing your privacy. You can go on a diet without being subjected to humiliation by the camera. You can exercise without millions of people watching you.
You can easily follow The Biggest Loser Diet in the comfort of your home. It is basically a 4-3-2-1 food pyramid, with fruits and vegetables taking the base (four servings) and fats on top (one serving). It is done in tandem with good ol’ physical activity. The benefits should be a plethora then, anywhere from weight loss to decrease in cholesterol levels to stabilization of blood pressure.
Dr. Michael Dansinger, an obesity researcher from Tufts University, designed the Biggest Loser program alongside Dr. Cheryl Forberg, a renowned chef and dietitian. Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper, alongside writer Maggie Greenwood-Robinson, take credit for the workouts in the program.
Biggest Loser Simple Swaps Diet Plan
Read all about it in The Biggest Loser Simple Swaps: 100 Easy Changes to Start Living a Healthier Lifestyle. Penned by Dr. Cheryl Forberg, resident dietitian of NBC’s The Biggest Loser, the diet entails making a hundred lifestyle changes, covering everything from food choices to kitchenware to meal plans. Forberg guarantees you would never revert to your former habits after making these big but simple swaps.
Forberg wrote the book for people who don’t have a cadre of experts to galvanize them as in the TV show. Herein, you will learn how to satisfy your appetite healthily and at least become aware of the decadence of your gastronomical tendencies.
Yet do not expect to slim down as fast as the contestants in the reality show. The Biggest Loser Simple Swaps causes weight reduction only gradually, in the manner contestants adopt after being booted out. You may lose as much as 3 lbs. weekly nonetheless, especially if you are physically active.