Help to Choose the Best Diet

What's the Best Diet for You?

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The best diet for you will help you make doable changes that lead to a one- to two-pound weight loss each week. Image: Clipart.com

The Best Diet for You

With all of the diets available, it can be overwhelming to choose the best one for you. By finding out if you're willing to make the main changes required by these diets, your decision may become a little easier.

Is Atkins the Best Diet for You?

The Atkins Diet may be the best diet for you if you ...

  • Are willing to eliminate or drastically reduce carbohydrates and sugar, including specific foods such as grains, fruit and many dairy products
  • Are willing to count the number of carbs you consume
  • Enjoy eating meat, eggs and butter
  • Are not a vegetarian
  • Are willing to test yourself or be tested for ketosis.

Learn More: Is the Atkins Diet Right for Me?

Is The Schwarzbein Diet the Best Diet for You?

The Schwarzbein Diet may be the best diet for you if you ...

  • Don't want to count calories
  • Are willing to eliminate processed or refined foods from your diet
  • Are willing to eliminate salt, sugar, caffeine and artificial sweeteners from your diet
  • Enjoy eating whole foods (rather than convenience foods) and have the time to cook
  • Want the option to follow this plan as a vegetarian (if willing to consume eggs, cottage cheese, ​peanut butter and tofu).

Learn More: Is the Schwarzbein Diet Right for Me?

Is Volumetrics the Best Diet for You?

The Volumetrics diet may be the best diet for you if you ...

  • Want a diet that does not ban any foods
  • Enjoy eating a variety of foods and want to enjoy occassional treats
  • Are willing to stay in your calorie allotment and keep a food diary
  • Are willing to build meals around low-energy density foods, such as fruits and vegetables, broth-based soup, low-fat meats and salads
  • Do not need a lot of structure in your diet plan.

Is the Zone the Best Diet for You?

The Zone diet may be the best diet for you if you ...

  • Want to build a diet around healthful foods, such as lean protein like chicken and fish, fresh produce, oatmeal, and healthy fat (e.g., olive oil)
  • Are willing to plan and create meals based on an exact ration of ingredients, in certain combinations
  • Are willing to limit meals to 500 calories and snacks to 100 calories
  • Are willing to limit many common foods in your diet, such as pasta.

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Is the South Beach Diet the Best Diet for You?

The South Beach Diet may be the best diet for you if you ...

  • Are willing to limit carbs, particularly during a restrictive first few weeks
  • Are willing to eat certain foods at certain times, such as eating fruit at lunch or dinner, but not breakfast
  • Are willing to eliminate specific foods such as bread, rice, pasta, potatoes and some vegetables from your diet (at least temporarily)
  • Do not want to measure or weigh food
  • Like being provided a menu with structure.

Learn More: Is the South Beach Diet Right for Me?

 

Is Jenny Craig the Best Diet for You?

The Jenny Craig program may be the best diet for you if you ...

 

  • Want single-serving entrees to help you with portion control
  • Do not want to count calories
  • Do not want to spend time preparing meals
  • Are willing to order food online or at a local Jenny Craig Center
  • Are willing to eat pre-packaged foods until transitioning back to regular foods
  • Want one-on-one support from a consultant.

 

Is Weight Watchers the Best Diet for You?

The Weight Watchers program may be the best diet for you if you ...

 

  • Are willing to track your food intake online or by using a food diary
  • Are willing to stay within an alloted "points" allowance for daily food and beverage intake (similar to counting calories)
  • Want the opportunity to attend instructional meetings and participate in a group setting
  • Want the option of following the diet online
  • Want to learn how to manage your weight with lifestyle changes, portion control and making healthy eating choices.

 

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