water mixture, restrict calories to 1200 per day, and avoid
all wheat and dairy. As the diet progresses, you can raise
the caloric allowance by small increments and slowly add
carbs back into your diet.
Glycemic Index diet. Unlike the Atkins
diet, which cuts out carbs completely, the
Glycemic Index diet allows carbs depending
on where they rank on the Glycemic Index.
This index was designed to help control blood sugar for
diabetics. Foods high on the index, such as white bread
and cookies, make your blood sugar rise quickly. Foods
that are low on the index produce a steady rise in blood
sugar and have more fiber, making you feel full longer.
Does it work? There’s not a lot of research on it as a
weight-loss diet, but it has helped people control their
Master Cleanse diet. Can you go 10 days
without food? The Master Cleanse diet is a
modified juice-fasting diet. Its recipe is fresh
lemon juice, maple syrup, cayenne pepper and
fresh water. You are required to drink 6 to 12 glasses of
this mixture a day for 10 days while flushing your system
with a glass of salt water each morning and night. You
get fast results, but it is not sustainable for long-term
Nutrisystem diet. Nutrisystem is a prepaid
meal plan that includes 28 days’ worth of
meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner and desert)
delivered to your door. Menus provide a mix of
low-glycemic carbohydrates, fiber and lean protein. Daily
caloric allowances are restricted to 1200 for women ($9.82
per day) and 1500 for men ($11.25 per day). The price is
right if you think about how much you actually spend on
food. There is nothing special about this diet; it just takes
food choices out of your hands. It is a dummy-proof plan—
if you don’t cheat.
Shangri-La diet. Do you enjoy the
taste of extra-virgin olive oil or sugar
water? The Shangri-La diet suggests
that the body learns to associate flavorful foods with calories, leading to overeating and weight
gain. To curb overindulgence, consuming olive oil or sugar
water twice between meals, which have calories but little
taste, will teach your body to stop associating flavor with
calories, thus you will crave less food. ❏
3-Hour diet. Motocross racers are always
planning on dieting, starting a diet on Monday
or cheating on their diet. Weight is horsepower, so here are 10 popular diet plans, starting
with the 3-Hour diet. The 3-Hour diet is the opposite of
fasting. The creator of the 3-Hour diet, Jorge Cruise, claims
that if you don’t eat often enough, your body will conserve
calories, store fat and burn muscle (not fat) for energy. He
claims that eating small, balanced meals every three hours
(five times a day) will put your metabolism in high gear.
The recommended portion sizes are around 400 calories.
There’s one caveat: you must stop eating three hours
Atkins diet. The Atkins diet is based on
the research of Dr. Alfred W. Pennington. Dr.
Robert Atkins used Pennington’s diet research
on himself to lose weight and then wrote a
book about it. The Atkins diet has become a huge hit, but
it is controversial. The diet states that starchy carbohydrates are the culprit in weight gain. The Atkins plan cuts
out sugar and carbs while increasing the intake of fat and
protein. Atkins did experience cardiac arrest at the age of
71. Many speculate it was due to his high consumption of
saturated fats, which the diet calls for.
Best Life diet. This diet makes a lot of sense.
Why? Because most weight issues are caused
by lifestyle choices more than anything else.
Underlying personal issues, whether from stress
at work, emotional pain or a negative thought process, cause
people to overeat. They eat because it hits their feel-good
button. The Best Life diet is more than just a food plan; it
changes the way you live at a gradual rate. This slow pace
of change allows people to ease into losing weight rather
than radically change the way they eat and live. It is a more
sustainable way to lose weight and keep it off.
Blood Type diet. Peter D’Adamo believes
that the food you eat reacts chemically with
your blood type. He claims that eating the
right foods for your blood type will help you
digest food better, lose weight, have more energy and aid
in preventing diseases. He suggests Type A blood types
should eat a meat-free diet. Type Os need a high-protein
diet. Type B requires avoiding corn, wheat, buckwheat, lentils, tomatoes, peanuts and sesame seeds. Type AB should
focus on seafood and dairy while staying away from caffeine, alcohol and cured meats. Does it work? Some people
swear by it, but regardless of your blood type, focusing on
what you eat always has potential benefits of weight loss
and improved energy.
Caveman diet. The Caveman diet, also called
the Paleo diet, recommends you eat the same
type of food that cavemen did. Hold on, didn’t
cavemen only live to their mid-20s? The idea
of the diet is to consume higher quantities of real, unprocessed, non-packaged foods, such as meat, eggs and vegetables, with a limited quantity of fruit and nuts.
Fat Flush diet. The Fat Flush diet was developed by Ann Louise Gittleman, who has a PhD
in holistic nutrition. According to her theory,
the liver is where fat is burned, but toxins in
the liver slow the metabolism down. To speed up the liver’s
metabolism, you must detox with a cranberry juice and
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