One size does not fit all when it comes to diets, says Liz Vaccariello, editor in chief of Prevention magazine. Research shows that to lose weight — and keep it off — you must pick a plan that suits your personality, food preferences and schedule, she says. USA TODAY asked Vaccariello and the editors of Prevention to pick their favorite programs for different types of people:
For people who hate to cook:
It satisfies most dieters’ needs: pre-packaged meals and snacks, tracking via private weigh-ins, weekly consultations (by phone or in person) and a website for additional information and support. Plus, it offers meal plans that you can get delivered — all you need is a microwave.
For people who like to cook:
The South Beach Diet by cardiologist Arthur Agatston
Never mind the fluffy name of the diet book. This smart-carb, high-fiber plan is an excellent way to reduce your intake of highly processed carbs and increase your awareness of super-healthy and satisfying protein sources such as seafood. The South Beach cookbooks allow dieters the opportunity to flex their culinary muscles and enjoy gourmet food, while still keeping calories controlled. Last but not least, because of its high-fiber requirements, this diet is unlikely to leave you feeling hungry.
For number crunchers:
The Flex Plan points program makes counting fun. We like that no food is off-limits. If you choose a food with less-than-perfect numbers, Weight Watchers teaches you how to make it work within your allotted limit. It’s this kind of real-life dieting that makes the program one diet that’s easy to follow for the maintenance phase.
For people who love science:
You: On a Diet: The Owner’s Manual for Waist Management
By Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz
This best seller explores the hows and whys of weight loss in a friendly, easy-to-understand way. Roizen and Oz provide an in-depth analysis of how your brain, stomach, hormones, muscles, heart, genetics and stress levels all interact biologically.
For fruit-and-vegetable lovers:
Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating By Walter C. Willett with Patrick J. Skerrett
Willett’s insightful critique of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Guide Pyramid reveals its limitations, and he constructs an alternative. His ideas are nothing we haven’t read before: Eat more vegetables and complex carbohydrates, emphasize healthy fats, and enjoy small amounts of a variety of foods. But his matter-of-fact delivery and no-nonsense tone earn this a place on Prevention‘s reference shelf.
For people who eat out a lot:
Dr. Shapiro’s Picture Perfect Weight Loss: The Visual Program for Permanent Weight Loss By Howard M. Shapiro
If you have trouble telling right-size from super-size when you’re at a restaurant, fast-food joint, coffee house or even in your own kitchen, this book will set you straight.
For people who enjoy walking:
The Step Diet By James O. Hill and John C. Peters with Bonnie Jortberg
The co-founders of America on the Move offer a plan that’s based on one of Prevention‘s favorite fitness routines: walking. It comes with a pedometer, in itself a $20 value, plus conversion charts and dozens of reduced-calorie recipes. First, use the pedometer to gradually increase the number of steps you take in an average day, and then reduce your food intake by a quarter. Simple.
For people who want a gimmick that works:
You know the deal: a shake for breakfast, shake for lunch, then a sensible dinner. We’d love to say it’s just a fad, but numerous published studies show why it works: It’s a simple, but effective, way to reduce your calorie intake. It also has a built-in maintenance plan. Pounds creeping up? Shake ‘em off.
For people who like the Web:
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic
This online program gives you an accurate assessment of your nutritional status, and the daily e-mail reminder program provides accountability. But what we really like about this program is that it helps you improve your diet by making small changes rather than requiring you to overhaul your entire refrigerator.
Source: By Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY
Popularity: 1% [?]