10 Diets That Actually Work

August 15, 2018

10 Diets That Actually Work

Talking yourself into going on a diet is only half the battle and probably the easiest part—the real problem is choosing the right diet plan that will actually prove to be effective and won't starve you half to death. The truth is, most diets are filled with propaganda. You are promised results, yet you rarely get them, and if you do, you probably suffered mentally and emotionally in the process...well, most of the time. 

If you are able to weed through the fluff, you will find that there are a few diets that are actually worth your valuable time and energy. Here are ten diet plans that actually work.

1. HCG Diet

This increasingly popular diet has been known to bring fast, drastic results—even 1–2 pounds per day! The HCG diet involves injections of the human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) hormone which serves to both boost metabolism and burn large amounts of fat. The dieter must also adhere to a strict 500 calorie diet plan. Many argue that the eating requirements are extreme, but the outcome makes the HCG diet worthwhile!

2. Atkins Diet

If your aim is to lose weight, this low-carbohydrate diet is probably the way to go. According to the Atkins Diet, a person can shed pounds by eating as much protein and fat as one desires as long as foods that are heavier in carbs are avoided. It is broken down into four phases beginning with the 2-week introductory phase which limits dieters to less than 20 grams of carbohydrates and high fats and proteins. Following the 2-week period, additional carbs are allowed in 5-gram increments. The notion behind the Atkins diet is that if the dieter cuts back on carbohydrates (the body's main source of fuel), then it will be forced to burn the fat stores as a means to acquire energy.

3. Ketogenic Diet

The Ketogenic or "Keto" diet is a low-carbohydrate diet that shifts the body's primary source of fuel from glucose to ketones (putting the body in the state of "ketosis") while lowering insulin levels. Unlike other carb-restricted diets, this one does not increase its carb intake in efforts to keep the body in ketosis and burn fat faster. The Keto Diet has a pretty impressive success rate without forcing dieters to cut calories. However, one should be aware that there may be a few side effects that come along with adopting a plan with such low carbohydrate restrictions—lightheadedness, drowsiness, increased urination, headaches, and constipation are a few common complaints linked to this diet.

4. Whole30 Diet

This 30-day diet is grand if you suffer from digestive issues! The object is to eat clean for 30 days to rid any negative eating habits and give your colon a reboot! By eating "clean" I mean that you can enjoy as many fruits and vegetables as you like and healthy fats such as avocados. Don't worry, meat is also allowed along this ride. You may feast on chicken, sausage, and even the occasional burger as long as you skip out on the bread. Sugar, alcohol, smoking, soy, grains, and dairy must all go out the window with the Whole30 Diet. This diet might require some mild preparation, but upon its completion, you are sure to feel more energized and likely a few inches smaller!

5. South Beach Diet

The South Beach Diet is another diet of low-carbs; however, it is not as strict as most others. This diet requires lower fats and high protein, but it is not a fan of processed foods. It is not too much of a stickler on calories, but rather to promote healthy changes that you can adopt for a lifetime. The South Beach Diet encourages a balance between good carbohydrates (mostly deriving from vegetables), lean meats, and other foods that are nutrient-dense and fiber-rich.

6. Weight Watchers

This ever-so-popular diet plan is one that offers you the most freedom of choice, yet you still have to weigh your options well. Upon gaining a membership to participate in Weight Watchers, you will be provided a Smart Point value for any and every type of food and beverage that you choose to consume. The Smart Point value is based upon the nutritional content of the food being consumed—those that are healthier for you "cost less" while those that are filled with empty calories and unnecessary sugar will run you more points. Though you can eat and drink anything that you desire, you must make your choices wisely as you are only awarded so many Smart Points in a day.

7. Paleo Diet

The Paleolithic, or Paleo Diet is based upon the diet consumed by the hunter-gatherers thousands of years ago. It is so effective because it restricts just about anything that aids in obesity. Processed foods, soda, refined sugars and vegetable oils, legumes, grains, and dairy are NOT allowed. Instead, the dieter will ingest plenty of fresh fruits and veggies, grass produced meat, nuts and seeds, eggs, seafood, and healthy natural oils.

8. 5:2 Diet

If you are a fan of intermittent fasting, you should look into the 5:2 Diet. The 5:2 diet, commonly referred to as the "fast diet," usually delivers speedy results as it allows you to eat anything you want for five days, but limits women to 500 calories and men to 600 for the other two days.

9. Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean diet is a healthy one that works in favor of optimal cardiovascular health as well as weight loss. It is based upon whole-based foods primarily (fruits and veggies) as well as legumes and nuts, whole grains, and olive oil. Animal products are limited—seafood is the most acceptable while red meats are only to be consumed a few times per month. Additionally, since this diet is full of fruits, veggies, nuts, whole grains, and fish, this is also a great option for people who may be suffering from depression, according to the Recovery Village.

10. Vegan Diet

You will need to set the time stamp on this one, but if you choose to adopt the vegan diet, your waistline will thank you for the gesture. This diet plan is pretty cut and dry—NO animal products. Just to be clear, not only will you have to say goodbye to meat, but you will also have to leave dairy behind as well.

There are plenty of diets that will actually pull through for you as long as you stay on track. The key is to assess your requirements (such as how long you are planning to diet and what foods you are willing to let go), pick a plan that seems the most promising with approval from your physician, remember to stay dedicated, and keep yourself hydrated.