One will come across a plethora of diet plans, all over the web, tom tomming their uniqueness and efficacy – something which is a true reflection of our current obsession with dieting and weight loss. Because of such deluge, it is hard for anybody to pick the right diet plan for him or her.
However, not all diet plans are healthy, some can even be dangerous for one’s health. This is especially true for the current fad of “crash dieting” which poses significant health risks in the long term. However, there are a few diet plans which have managed to stand out from the clutter because of their simplicity and effectiveness. This article tries to list few such popular diet plans.
Atkins Diet –
Arguably the most popular diet plan, Atkins diet which is often referred to as the Atkins nutrional approach, is basically a low carbohydrate diet plan which focused on regulating the levels of insulin in our body through diet. Dr Atkins theorized that consumption of limited amount of refined carbohydrates will alter the body’s metabolism where the body instead of utilizing glucose, will be converting the stored fat into energy- thereby burning more calories. A Atkins diet regime will typically have a high protein content and the diet plan’s popularity peaked in the early 2000’s. However, in recent years its popularity has waned but still it is one of the most talked about and widely followed diet plans.
The GM Diet –
A plan which was primarily developed exclusively for the employees and workers at General Motors, subsequently gained prominence because of its effectiveness. Not only does this tough to follow, week long diet plan will cut down your weight by at least a good 10 pounds , but it also helps in flushing out toxins from your body thereby conferring an overall sense of wellbeing.
This is how the plan looks like.
Day One: All fruits except bananas. Your first day will consist of all the fruits you want. It is strongly suggested that you consume lots of melons the first day. Especially watermelon and a loupe. If you limit your fruit consumption to melons, your chances of losing three lbs. on first day are very good.
Day Two: All vegetables.
Day Three: A mixture of fruits and vegetables of your choice. Any amount, any quantity. No bananas yet. No potatoes today.
Day Four: Bananas and milk. Today you will eat as many as eight bananas and drink three glasses of milk. This will be combined with the special soup which may be eaten in limited quantities.
Day Five: Today is feast day. You will eat beef and tomatoes. Eat two 10 oz. portions of lean beef. Hamburger is OK. Combine this with six whole tomatoes. On day five you must increase your water intake by one quart. This is to cleanse your system of the uric acid you will be producing.
Day Six: Beef and vegetables.
Day Seven: Today your food intake will consist of brown rice, fruit juices and all the vegetables you care to consume.
Zone Diet –
The Zone Diet strives for optimum nutritional balance of two fifth carbohydrate and a equal measure of fat and protein, in every meal we take. It also lays emphasis on controlling the insulin levels which has a direct bearing on our weight. Unlike the Atkins diet, the Zone diet encourages one to consume more of unrefined carbohydrates and fat such as olive oil and nuts.
Vegan Diet –
For many, veganism is much more than a mere diet regimen – it is a way of life, a guiding philosophy that one assiduously espouses. A hard core vegan will shun anything that is derived from animal sources be it egg, meat or honey. Their principles are not only driven by their concern for their health, but their compassion for the environment and animals in principle, also shape their lifestyle.
Raw Food Diet
The Raw Food Diet, or Raw Foodism, involves consuming foods and drinks which are not processed, are completely plant-based, and ideally organic. Raw Foodists generally say that at least three-quarters of your food intake should consist of uncooked food. Not surprisingly, a overwhelming number of raw foodists are also vegans - they do not consume anything which is animal based