Before you start yourself on another fad diet, here’s what you need to know about some of them.
The Weight Watchers diet is based on a SmartPoints system, where foods are given different points depending on their protein, carbohydrate, fat and fibre content. It’s a well-balanced diet which doesn’t limit the amount of fruit and vegetables you can eat nor does it ban certain types of food completely, making it less restrictive compared to many of its competitors. They also provide hundreds of recipes for you to choose from, including vegetarian ones. On top of that, you’ll have fitness videos, tips and advice from their in-house fitness expert, who will help you to achieve your personalised fitness goal.
MIND stands for Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay. The MIND approach includes foods and nutrients that medical research show to be good for the brain. You’re encouraged to have fish once a week, at least six servings of green leafy vegetables a week, and three or more servings of whole grains a day, among other recommendations. Moreover, you avoid fried or fast food, pastries and sweets, and should consume less than four servings of red meat a week. The MIND diet is known to be able to lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease by 54% and is appropriate for anyone who wants to improve their focus and productivity. However, with every diet, regular exercise and a good management of stress levels will only aid in your progress.
The Master Cleanse (also called The Lemonade Diet) is a modified juice fast that is often used for rapid weight loss. It’s a liquid diet that provides calories and nutrients specifically suited for cleansing, all while resting the digestive system and allowing the body to heal naturally. You are encouraged to drink whenever you’re hungry, or when you feel a lack of energy, for a duration of 10 days, for the best results. However, it has come under criticism by many nutritionists as your body is well equipped with organs, such as the liver and kidneys, and the immune system, to rid itself of potential toxins without needing induced cleanses.
Also, if you’re looking for long-term results, you’re better off hitting the gym as the weight loss is only temporary especially once you start eating again. If you do intend on trying this diet though, remember to ease in and out of it, so as not to overwhelm your digestive system.
With the SlimFast plan, you replace two meals a day with smoothies or shakes, three 100-calorie snacks, and one 500-calorie meal. Their gluten-free meal replacement options help control hunger for up to four hours and this plan means you can eat 6 times per day. This diet works well for weight loss. However, on their own, meal replacement diets do little to educate people about their eating habits and maintain their behaviour.
A final note
Diets that focus on only a few foods or food groups may not do any good. You need to eat from a variety of food groups to get all the nutrients your body needs. Also, while restrictive diets do work initially, they tend to fail over the long haul.