6 Popular Weight Loss Diets Explained

by Dr. Edward Group DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM Published on , Last Updated on May 14, 2013

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Here’s a look at some of the most common diets people are using. I am not endorsing any of these but I’ve received a lot of questions about them and wanted to provide a brief overview. Fundamentally, I usually recommend a mostly vegetarian diet but that also is a personal preference; you need to do what’s best for you. Some of these plans are fundamentally solid in their approach and I would encourage you to dig deeper and do your own research if any happen strike a chord with your personal situation.

1. The Atkins Diet

The Atkins diet takes a high protein, low-carbohydrate approach. All the meat and vegetables you want with no restrictions on fats. All carbs are restricted or at a bare minimum. This rock bottom carb intake can put the body in a state of ketosis, where, in short, the body uses fat instead of glycogen for energy, leading to huge losses in body fat and weight reduction. This diet can be difficult to maintain long term. Nutritionally, it’s often noted for being low in fiber and calcium.

2. The Carbohydrate Addict’s Diet

The philosophy surrounding this method center around the idea that carbohydrate addicts’ bodies produce more insulin, causing hunger and weight gain. This diet aims to address both of those issues with nutrition. It’s a reduced carbohydrate diet that allows meat, dairy, vegetables, fruits, and grain products, but restricts all other carbohydrates. It can be high in fat and saturated fat.

3. The Choose to Lose Diet

This diet cycles carb intake- high carbs one day, low the next- paired with a high cardio exercise plan designed to achieve maximum fat burning. The diet is low in fat, allows you to eat from all of the major food groups, and provides an ample amount of fruits and vegetables. This one isn’t bad.

4. The DASH Diet

The DASH diet was originally intended to lower blood pressure through diet, but weight loss was also found to be a beneficial side effect. This diet, also popular with diabetics, suggests more servings of fruits and vegetables and more dairy servings; fiber intake is medium to high.

5. The Eat More Weigh Less Diet

Also known as the Ornish Diet, this is a low fat diet that is mostly vegetarian focused. Dairy is allowed in low amounts, meats of all kinds are avoided. The philosophy is that eating whole, vegetarian foods, even in quantity, doesn’t have many downsides, and because it’s high in fiber, you’ll feel full faster and a self regulating mechanism will kick in. This diet is a great choice as long as you make sure your vitamin and mineral requirements are met.

6. The Eat Right For Your Blood Type Diet

This diet plan is based on the idea that each blood type has a corresponding exercise and nutritional regime that matches it best. Type A has a vegetarian diet, Type O is allowed lots of meat. It’s an interesting idea but little proof has been shown to support the argument.

  • Bobbee Orviati

    I’ve been overweight all my life and tried so many things. Different things work for different people and I was lucky enough to find one that worked for me. I lost 21 pounds in one month without any exercise and it has been a life changer. I’m a little embarrased to post my before and after photos here but if anyone actually cares to hear what I’ve been doing then I’d be happy to help in any way. Just shoot me an email at oceanflowers82@gmail.com and I’ll show you my before and after photos, and tell you about how things are going for me with the stuff I’ve tried. I wish someone would have helped me out when I was struggling to find a solution so if I can help you then it would make my day

  • Bethany Marie Williams

    I am Type A. Growing up I had a lot of issues with a lot of different foods. I thought it was crazy that I could have so many problems; dairy and red meat. I ended up telling my parents I was a vegetarian and they laughed at me. They really pushed meat and dairy on me. Contrary to what you might think as an adult, a child knows their body better than anyone. Why? They are like a clean slate. When I came across the blood type diet recently and read the typical behaviors of type A, I thought I was reading strictly about myself. It is me to a T. I started to show family members the information and several of them agree with me, they are on to something when they say that your blood type matters when it comes to certain foods. Here’s the best part… I tried to get pregnant for 7 months to no availability with my first born. I read online that dandelion and burdock root teas were great for blood detox. I decided to give them a try. I got pregnant within 6 weeks. I did not know about the blood type diet then. Turns out Type A can have dandelion and burdock… They are BENEFICIAL for Type A Blood persons. My life is changing because of the Blood Type way of eating. People who are skeptical… are naive.

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