For one reason or another many people find themselves looking down at the scale in the bathroom with a terrified face, “How did this happen?” For some the only solution may be seeking medical help, such as gastric bypass surgery. For others the solution may be what is going on your plate. One of the best ways for fast weight loss is by trying out a weight loss program. While you’ll see every kind of weight loss plan imaginable on television, it is the ones that nobody really knows about that seem to be the most effective. Let’s take a look at some of the best diet programs around by first looking at ones you may never have heard of!
Acid Alkaline Diet
Losing weight isn’t really that simple, not when it involves changing your entire diet in order to do so. Still, there are ways to make it happen. One of our lesser known diets is the acid alkaline diet. In this diet you will intake certain foods that seek to keep your body in check by eating the right pH balance of food. The claim that this diet makes is that you will lose weight while gaining longevity. For this diet you will be focusing primarily on fresh fruits and vegetables and staying away from anything unnatural or sweetened. You’ll want to stock up on sprouts, lentils, tofu and almonds while avoiding red meat. A side effect of this diet is the avoidance of the trashy, fatty and caloric filled foods that do so much damage to our weight. There are a ton of rules for this diet but if you can stick to it you might just change your life.
3 Hour Diet
If someone told you that a fat loss program weight regulator would include eating more often, you would laugh at them. But that is exactly how the 3 hour diet works. For this diet plan you will be eating every three hours other than when you are sleeping. The difference here is that you are working on portion control. Instead of eating three big meals a day, with snacks in between, focus on lighter fare every couple of hours. This will keep your metabolism running while negotiating your blood sugar levels. Drink lots of water, avoid sweet drinks, and eat as healthy as possible. Many folks report losing as many as ten pounds in a single month.
Some diets make promises that are so extraordinary you will likely brush them off without trying them. Enter French nutritionist Pierre Dukan, who claims that you can lose 10 pounds in a week with his diet. Dukan created this diet back in 2000 and has since gotten some mixed reactions. For some the diet works wonderfully, for others it may be too demanding. This diet primarily consists of oats, water, lean protein and a daily walking session of at least 20 minutes. The goal of this diet is to keep your intake of carbohydrates down low and then to walk in order to get the gears turning to burn any fat. This diet is broken up into four phases: Attack, Cruise, Consolidation, and Stabilization. The Attack phase consists of a limited diet of water, oat, and lean protein. After ten days you move on to the Cruise phase which adds on unlimited non starchy veggies every other day. The Consolidation and Stabilization phase round out your new diet and teach you how to keep it going long term.
Before we dive into this odd, but effective, diet plan we need to make it clear that you won’t be traveling. Instead the Shangri-La Diet aims to trick your body’s dependent on flavor as a form of satiation. The inventor of the diet, Doctor Seth Roberts, claims that drinking up to 500 calories of flavorless oil in between meals will fill you up and stop you from indulging. His theory is that we like highly flavored foods, like donuts, because of how many calories they have. The flavorless oil helps stop our mind and body from making a flavor to calory connection. Instead you can keep eating what you want as long as you use the oil as your finisher. Being filled on the flavorless oil will help curb your appetite and thus stop you from indulging and gaining weight.
Blood Type Diet
There truly is a diet for everyone, at least that is what naturopath Peter D’Adamo thinks. In his diet, the Blood Type Diet, you will eat food that is specifically geared toward your blood type. He insists that research shows that food reacts chemically with your blood type. So if you optimize the food you are eating then it should be digested more efficiently and in return you will lose weight, prevent disease and have more energy. Type O diets include a heavy emphasis on lean meat and various proteins. Type A diets are meat free and rely on organic, fresh fruits and vegetables. Type B is a standard well rounded diet without corn, wheat, or legumes. Type AB has a focus on tofu, seafood, and green veggies. For AB diets there is a special avoidance of caffeine, smoked meats, and alcohol.
Therapeutic Lifestyle Diet
The Therapeutic Lifestyle Diet or TLC, as we will refer to it, is a dietary program that is engineered toward getting your cholesterol down and your weight in check. This diet doesn’t place special emphasis on weight loss, but it definitely comes as a by product. You are expected to make lifestyle choices like exercising regularly, avoiding smoking, and eating proper foods. The TLC diet has a specific menu that allocates a % of food per day that you should be eating. The focus of the diet seems to be on getting lean meats and veggies onto your plate and to avoid anything that is covered in fat or sugar. You can look at the TLC diet as a sort of ‘no nonsense’ diet that aims for you to kick it into gear without relying on anything too fancy.
French Women Don’t Get Fat Diet
No, you didn’t stumble upon a different website. There is a diet, planned out by Mireille Guiliano, that is based entirely around the idea that French Women Don’t Get Fat. Guiliano believes that French women are at the top of the game when it comes to eating right, in moderation, while balancing their real life demands. Guiliano’s diet emphasizes eating three times per day in small portions with a focus on the quality of your food. The diet starts out with a sort of semi-fast consisting primarily of leek soup. From there you will add veggies, fish and fruit to your plate. After this initial phase you are allowed to eat whatever you wish as long as you focus on the core tenants: quality food, in proper portions, that fit her basic guidelines. Guiliano also stresses that you should give yourself a cheat day every once in awhile as a reward for sticking fast to your diet. If you want to give this weight loss diet a try then you’ll be better served by seeking out Guiliano’s book or going to one of the many online support groups that focus on her program.
Best Life Diet
The final diet on our list of excellent weight loss programs is the Best Life Diet. This diet allegedly got Oprah Winfrey back in shape and so it definitely comes with clout behind it. The core tenant of this diet is to adapt your lifestyle so as to keep the weight off in the future. You’ll start off with four weeks of ‘baby steps’ wherein you prepare yourself for change. During this phase you should get more active, get your metabolism going all while detaching yourself from ‘bad foods’. The next four weeks of your time will be spent keeping your calories in check by following strict portion control that doesn’t allow for over or emotional eating. After that phase you will keep gearing up your physical activity while avoiding sugar and trans fat. It is in this final phase that you should grow comfortable and start enjoying your diet. The hope is that by this final phase you will have changed your diet so completely that you will not ever go back to a regular ‘unbalanced’ diet.