With all the so-called diet aficionados crowding the market today, it can be tough to find the most effective diet to achieve your weight loss goals.
I have sifted through a lot of different diet plans from a lot of different sources and found the 4 most effective. Not only are these 4 diets good for short-term and long-term weight loss, but these diet plans are also easy to adopt as a new healthy lifestyle.
Ah yes. The famed Mediterranean Diet has gotten a ton of praise in recent years, and for good reasons. With a name deriving from the coastal sunny region in Europe along the Mediterranean sea, this diet may be the ultimate mixture of fresh vegetables and healthy meats from a bounty of seafood.
The population in the Mediterranean region have been found to live longer and not develop diseases such as cancer as regularly as other places around the world. Therefore, this diet is at the top of the list for the best well-rounded diet including weight loss and overall health improvement.
You will be eating a very natural diet full of avocados, green salads with olive oil and Parmesan cheese, and even red wine (think Spain, France, and Italy). The diet gets most of its protein from fish and seafood, and there is a vast selection to choose from, the healthiest being salmon. There are many delicious recipes for Mediterranean Diet meals and I highly recommend you try this diet out for yourself and see if it is for you!
Weight Watchers Diet
I give the Weight Watchers Diet the silver medal only because it lacks a bit in the overall health and ease of adoption. This diet is focused on weight loss, and it may be overall most effective for shedding pure pounds!
Weight Watchers is harder to pick up as a lifestyle change because you will have to look for specific foods that are Weight Watchers approved, and this is not only harder but also can be less natural than say the Mediterranean Diet.
However, you do not have to be on a strict Weight Watchers Diet to lose weight. Many people do not calculate all their SmartPoints for this diet and still are successful in following it as a guideline. If you DO choose to do this, then I recommend Weight Watchers wholeheartedly. It will reduce your weight and boost fat burning by eliminating many harmful foods from your diet and limiting your carbohydrate intake.
The Keto Diet is for those people who want to push their weight loss efforts into overdrive and change their lifestyle for the better. The concept of this diet relies on eating 80% fat, 20% protein, and 5% carbs. These three calorie types are called “macros” and there is a focus on “counting macros”. The importance placed on the macro counts is due to the process called Ketosis. This is the goal of the Keto Diet and is when your body becomes fat-adapted as opposed to glucose-adapted. The body typically runs on carbs, and if you restrict carbs and only give your body fat, then the body has no choice but to use the fat as energy!
Ketosis is like an exclusive club, and the fewer carbs you have in your system, the more likely you are to get into the club! The benefits of the body going into a state of ketosis include accelerated weight loss, increased brain function and focus, suppressed appetite, and increased energy. The benefits are rather awesome once you get past the first few days of carbohydrate withdrawals where you may feel like you have no energy.
Once you’re into ketosis, you will receive these health benefits until you eat enough carbs to “knock” your body out of ketosis. There is a sub diet called “Carb-Cycling” which includes eating Keto for the majority of the week and then going out of ketosis by eating carbs. This diet can be very beneficial too because you will replace your body’s glycogen. Glycogen is necessary for muscle growth and is depleted during ketosis.
People who adopt the Vegan Diet as a lifestyle, often have different reasons for doing so. Whether it be for weight loss, overall vitality, or refusing to eat animals for humane purposes, these are all good reasons to try the Vegan Diet if you’re interested in a challenge.
This diet is famous for being one that leads you to either love it or hate it, but those that adopt it, are religiously seeking out the freshest organic fruits and veggies at the farmer’s market.
Becoming Vegan is not a bad choice, but it is not the healthiest on the list. Although it does allow nuts and seeds, the protein sources from this diet are limited. No eggs, no fish, and yes, no ice cream. Some may want to consider a Vegan alternative such as the Vegetarian Diet, Pescatarian Diet, or one of the aforementioned diets before trying to go full on Vegan.
Summary of Best Diet Plans for Weight Loss
In conclusion, there are many factors to consider when choosing a diet for the goal of weight loss. You want to bear in mind that your overall health should not be sacrificed in order to achieve your weight loss goals.
With all the information above, you can hopefully pick and choose a personalized diet plan that you can stick to. The most important thing is that you will adopt the new eating habits not as just a diet, but instead as a lifestyle.