Sunday, February 1, 2015

An Examination of Weight Loss Diets

Ok I admit it. I bet you too have fallen victim to some of those crazy diets too. Who hasn't?  Here are a few I remember ... Ice Cream Diet, Rice Diet, Peanut Butter Diet, Mayo Clinic Diet and all those crazy Celebrity Diets. 

I can tell you from personal experience none of these work in the long run. Oh wait, you lost weight? Oh course you did ... at first.   

You may not know this .... It is a natural tendency for our body to lose weight when any huge adjustment in food is made. This is your body's way of readjusting or in more popular terms "balancing". Once your body is adjusted to the food change, back comes the weight, this time gaining back more than you originally lost. This weight cycling is know as yoyo dieting. 

Recent research demonstrates the YoYo Diet over time can make you sick in some cases life threatening. 

Weight cycling (Yoyo Diet) causes: 
  1. Gaining more weight
  2. Losing muscle mass
  3. Increasing fat tissue
  4. Increased low density (bad) cholesterol
  5. More likely to develop type 2 diabetes
  6. Negatively Impacts blood pressure
  7. Increased your risk of heart disease
Make a pledge to yourself right now .. "I will no longer practice Yo Yo dieting." Now that you have decided to abandon your program of the past. Let's take a look at how to move forward in way to improve your health and lose weight.  First let's take a look at what everyone else is doing .... what's popular. 

The article What are the eight most popular diet today?  posted by Medical News Today details the most popular diets. Here is their list:
  1. Atkins Diet
  2. The Zone Diet
  3. Vegetarian Diet
  4. Vegan Diet
  5. Weight Watchers Diet
  6. South Beach Diet
  7. Raw Food Diet
  8. Mediterranean Diet

Now let's look at what the health experts are recommending. Each year the U.S. News Health looks at the healthiest diets in the article Best Diets Rankings. They evaluated 35 of the most popular diets and identified the best. On the weight loss diet list there are several listed all supporting a plant based diet. Why is this? Because medical and health experts agree eating a diet of mostly plants is the healthier choice. Even the USDA now recommends a plate with 3/4 plant foods. Here are the top 8 plant based diets ranked as best weight loss by U. S. News Health: 
  1. Volumetrics 
  2. Raw Food Diet 
  3. Flexitarian Diet 
  4. Vegan Diet 
  5. Engine 2 Diet 
  6. Mediterranean Diet 
  7. Ornish Diet 
  8. Vegetarian Diet 
Your choice in which healthy eating program will depend on your lifestyle, relationships and commitment level. What ever your choice consider this:
  • Choose a program you can be on the rest of your life. 
  • Ask for support from your family, friends and co-workers. 
  • Learn what healthy weight loss includes. 
  • It's always easier to make small changes than it is to make big ones. 
  • A small change will add up to a big change over time. 
  • Make a plan to meet your weight loss goals. 
  • Start over every day. 
  • Build on your success. 
Most importantly ... choose health. 
Your partner in health,

Certified Health Coach
Wellness Consultant