Each year, dozens of new diet programs hit the market. Most of them are completely useless, as they focus on short-term weight loss at the expense of the dieter’s health.
However, dieting isn’t always a bad idea. Here are three scientifically valid diets that can help you cut weight if you follow them to the letter.
The Virgin Diet – This three-cycle diet removes inflammatory foods and replaces them with good fats such as olive oil.
Oddly enough, the “virgin” in the diet’s name has nothing to do with olive oil. The Virgin Diet was developed by J.J. Virgin, PhD, who believes that seven highly reactive foods cause the majority of weight instability issues. Those foods include eggs, gluten, soy, dairy, corn, peanuts and sugar.
The first phase involves completely removing these foods from your diet. Any amount of the food could trigger problematic inflammation. In the second phase, you find the foods that are causing digestive and weight-gain issues. The third phase involves weeding these foods out of your diet and re-introducing the non-problematic foods.
We like the Virgin Diet because it shows long-term results. It’s not a crash diet, and because every dieter customizes the program based on their own bodies’ reactions to problematic foods, it’s highly effective for all participants.
P90X Nutrition Plan – You’ve probably seen the infomercials for this workout system. It’s extreme, and it works–just as any everyday workout plan would help you lose weight–but the P90X nutrition plan is probably the most important aspect of the entire program. If you’re not ready for a hefty workout, you can still add some cardio to your everyday routine while following the nutrition plan for results.
This is a low-carb, high-protein diet that focuses on strict calorie counts that give you exactly what you need for high energy. It also cuts out a lot of harmful substances that could aggravate your body and make exercise more difficult, so if you’re already working out, this diet plan is worth a try.
Calorie Counting – There are several websites such as CalorieCount and MyFitnessPal that allow you to track your own calories. Cutting your calories safely takes a lot of work and some careful tracking, but online tools make it easier to keep track of what you’re putting into your body.
Many dietitians recommend keeping a diet journal, so even if you’re not ready to use an online tool, try tracking your foods and portions on a notepad. You’ll quickly identify your problem foods, and by substituting unsaturated fats for saturated fats and cutting your calories, you can quickly see results.
This article is an original contribution by Dane Thompson.
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