A critical moment for those of us who are choosing a diet as our New Year’s resolution will be which diet to choose. Even though there are so many diets to choose from, constantly switching between new crash diets typically has you ending up back at square one – frustrated, with your initial weight, and feeling sick.
Due to the overflow of diets and information it can be extremely overwhelming to know where to begin. Below are some of the best diets to choose from within these two categories – Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets and Best Diets For Healthy Eating.
Best Fast Weight-Loss Diets
1. Weight Watchers Diet
Goal – Lose 2 pounds a week
Pros – This meal plan is very flexible. You have access to a support group that is extremely helpful mentally. There aren’t hard limits on what you can and can’t eat, you will choose foods that are the most nutritionally dense and that will keep you full the longest.
Cons- Can be pricey, and having to tally your meal points can get frustrating.
2. Bigger Loser Diet
Goal – Lose weight and prevent or reverse disease
Pros – This 6-week program can get you in the habit of eating meals that are filled with fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. You will begin focusing on portion control, working out, and food journaling.
Cons – Restricting your calorie intake can be difficult to consistently stick to in the long term. Your journey may not have the same outcome you see from the contestants on TV, they have step-by-step guidance from experts as well as a camera watching their every bite and move.
Best Diets For Healthy Eating + Best Diets Overall
1. DASH Diet
Goal – DASH which stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension does exactly what its name suggests: helps to lower high blood pressure and encourage weight loss.
Pros – This diet is very straight forward. You will eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fate dairy. You will eat less red meat, high calorie/sugar sweets, and salt.
Cons – Due to the diet focusing more on improving your health you may not lose as much weight as you would on other plans (not necessarily a negative).
2. Mediterranean Diet
Goal – Avoid chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes, and melt fat.
Pros – In moderation you will still be able to enjoy your cheese, eggs, poultry, and yogurt. You can eat sweets, and red meat on special occasions and enjoy a glass of red wine with your fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, legumes, olive oil, and seafood.
Cons- You must keep on top of your calorie consumption to lose or maintain weight while working out during the week.
3. MIND Diet
Goal- Ward off Alzheimer’s disease
Pros- This combines the DASH and Mediterranean diets so you get all of the combined health benefits. You will be eating foods optimal for your brain health.
Cons – No specific diet plan to follow and finding recipes can be difficult.