Crash or fad diets, quick-loss diets, rapid weight loss diets, and flash or quick-fix diets are just some of the many popular names for weight loss programs and plans that promise to help you achieve weight loss fast and with long-term results. But are they really efficient?
And do they really work for everyone?
To achieve satisfactory results and without seriously affecting your health, you should follow an appropriate diet plan based on your body’s unique nutritional needs. Listed below are some of the most popular diets that work fast and that actually help people to lose weight. Choose the one that suits you best.
1. Low-Carb Diet
The low-carb diet focuses on low carbohydrate content foods and promises to lose weight quickly.
This diet involves eating foods that are low in carbs and fats but rich in minerals and vitamins such as broccoli, spinach, tomatoes, herbs, strawberries, chicken breast, sea bass, milk, etc.
A low-carb diet presumes that excessive carbohydrate consumption can cause insulin levels to become highly unbalanced, which in turn may lead to excess weight gain.
With this diet approach, 10 percent of your daily calorie intake comes from carbohydrates, 60 percent comes from fat, and 30 percent from protein. You should consume lean proteins and healthy mono and poly-unsaturated fats, such as olive oil, flax oil, fish oil, nuts, seeds, and peanut butter.
There are, however, many different types of low-carb diets, each allowing different kinds and amounts of carbohydrates. In general, they all restrict similar foods such as grains (flour, pasta, and bread), beans, certain fruits, and starchy vegetables.
2. Zone Diet
Zone diet promises to lose 1 to 2 ponds a week. It works on balancing the daily intake of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, and considers portion control as one of the most important keys to lose weight.
This type of diet is focused on maintaining your insulin levels stable or “in the zone”, that is to say not too high and not too low, which allows you to lose weight and keep your energy high.
The Zone diet consists of consuming 40 percent carbohydrates, 30 percent fat, and 30 percent proteins. A zone calculator is used to determine the exact amount of carbohydrates, fat and protein that you can consume in a 24 – hour period.
As far as portion control is concerned, “the only measuring tools you need are your hand and your eye”, says Zone diet creator Barry Sears. At the beginning you might use a kitchen scale, but than you should get used to estimating and “eyeballing” portion sizes by yourself.