The Atkins diet isn't quite as often heard about these days, now that Hoodia and the Acai berry have made their way onto the scene. But some people still treat the Atkins diet as the diet bible, and if you're interested in trying it, you should know the pro's and the con's.
Hoodia Gordonii has been upstaged lately by the Acai Berry diets. But how do they compare, which one will work the best for you, and how do you know which one to choose?
Nutrisystem has four plans to choose from, if you have decided that the pre-packaged food will work for your dieting needs. The plans are Basic, Silver, Diabetic and Vegetarian.
The Basic Plan
The Basic plan is the easiest to follow, and is is structured around a 28-day plan of healthy meals. It includes foods that have good carbohydrates along with protein, which will enable you to feel like you're full, for a longer period of time. Nutrisystem's meals also are high in fiber, for healthy hearts. One entree for each meal, and add dairy and fruits or veggies from the store, to make a good meal. You eat less each meal, but you eat more times, to keep your energy levels up.
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Lap Band surgery has become a ray of hope to people who need to lose a large amount of weight and who have not had success in ordinary dieting. In this procedure, a plastic band is placed around the top of your stomach, usually laparoscopically, to allow you to feel full after eating smaller amounts of food.
The Alli diet has made believers of a great many people, but its side effects still scare some people away from trying the program at all. And that's fine – not every program is a fit for every person. Weigh the pluses and minuses to see if Alli can work for you.
The Weight Watchers point list has been derided as being too strict by some, but it is a fairly easy tool to use, whether you're eating at home or eating out. With the two plan books (one for restaurants), you can easily see how many points you are eating per day, compared to how many you are allowed.
Even if you decide the Weight Watchers plan isn't for you, you can still use the points system to keep track of where you are and where you want to be. You will learn how to monitor your daily intake, and this helps you become accountable to yourself every day.
The Point list is simple to understand and use. Foods that are low in calories and high in fiber are given low point values. Foods high in calories and low in fiber have higher point values. One treat can really throw you off track, though, so you have to be careful not to “cheat”. One Starbuck's muffin may have six to ten points, and that blows your day right there. But if you eat lots of fruits and vegetables instead, those mostly have low points.
Slim Fast diets are very popular, and the Optima diet is the cutting edge of Slim Fast's diet plans. It has shown successes with many people, but no diet program works for everyone. Otherwise, we'd only need one plan. There are some problems you may encounter if you use the Slim Fast Optima plan.
The Slim Fast plan has you substitute a Slim Fast “Meal on the Go” for one meal, and combine another with a bit of “regular” food, and then eat one sensible meal without a shake or bar. It sounds easy, but many people have found that the shakes don't taste good, they cost a lot, and you are always hungry.
The chocolate flavored shakes, some dieters have found, taste OK when you take your first few sips, but they have an after-taste that some people find distasteful. The aftertaste most people feel is the worst is after the chocolate flavor shake, and the least aftertaste is found from the cappuccino flavor shake.
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A BMR calculator shows you your basal metabolic rate, or your rate of metabolism. This is the actual rate at which your energy is expended by your body when it is at rest. The workings of the body, even while you are at rest, make up sixty to seventy percent of the total calories you burn every day. Your BMR can be influenced by many factors, including exercise habits, gender, height, weight and age.
If you are diabetic, it's harder to lose weight, but it's also more important to keep your weight at a healthy level, and there's the catch-22. You will need to follow not only the rules of the diet plan you select, but also check with the ADA's diabetic food pyramid to make sure you are eating healthy foods that will lower your risk of diabetic complications.
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