Now that I am ready to embark on a diet program, I need to answer this question: Which diet program will work best for me?
I have been reading this book on dieting, and it suggests: “Everyone grows up with his or her own food preferences. The success or failure of any diet plan depends on how well we can work around those preferences, honour the taste buds we were born with, and make wise, healthy meal choices based on them.”
Now that I decided to tick off the Atkins’ and South Beach diet plan from my list, I think I need to check out the others. Here are today’s most popular diet plans:
- The Zone Diet
The Zone Diet aims for a nutritional balance of 40% carbohydrates, 30% fats, and 30% protein each time we eat. The focus is also on controlling insulin levels, which result in more successful weight loss and body weight control.
The Zone Diet encourages the consumption of good quality carbohydrates – unrefined carbohydrates, and fats, such as olive oil, avocado, and nuts.
- Vegetarian Diet
There are various types of vegetarian: Lacto vegetarian, Fruitarian vegetarian, Lacto-ovo-vegetarian, Living food diet vegetarian, Ovo-vegetarian, Pesco-vegetarian, and Semi-vegetarian.
The majority of vegetarians are lacto-ovo-vegetarians, in other words, they do not eat animal-based foods, except for eggs, dairy, and honey.
Studies over the last few years have shown that vegetarians have a lower body weight, suffer less from diseases, and generally have a longer life expectancy than people who eat meat.
- Vegan Diet
Veganism is more of a way of life and a philosophy than a diet. A vegan does not eat anything that is animal based, including eggs, dairy, and honey.
Vegans do not generally adopt veganism just for health reasons, but also for environmental and ethical/compassionate reasons.
Vegans believe that modern intensive farming methods are bad for our environment and unsustainable in the long term. If all our food were plant based our environment would benefit, animals would suffer less, more food would be produced, and people would generally enjoy better physical and mental health, vegans say.
- Weight Watchers Diet
Weight Watchers focuses on losing weight through diet, exercise, and a support network.
Weight Watchers Inc. was born in the 1960s when a homemaker (housewife) who had lost some weight and was concerned she might put it back on. So, she created a network of friends. Weight Watchers is a huge company, with branches all over the world.
Dieters can join either physically, and attend regular meetings, or online. In both cases there is a great deal of support and education available for the dieter.