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Diets Overview

A healthy diet is a balanced diet and should contain foods from all the food groups. We need a nutritious diet rich in vitamins, minerals and fibre. Good carbohydrates include vegetables, fruit, potatoes, whole wheat brown bread, pasta, rice, oats & beans. Good fats come from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated food sources rather then animal fats. They should be taken in reduced quantities as they contain twice the calories than in normal foods and we should be staying away from saturated fats and refined sugars.

Worst Foods to Eat on a Diet
Sugar – read labels as manufacturers can label sugar sucrose, dextrose, etc. If it ends in “ose” it usually means sugar.

Anything fried in extra oil. Make sure to drain oil if you do fry.

Fruit juice – replace with a piece of fruit which is more filling and has higher fibre. Carbonated beverages that are high in calories & sodium with zero nutritional value.

Peanut Butter – high in calories and full of fat & sugar.

Dieting Tips

1. Set a goal and keep reminding yourself of that goal.

2. Water has NO calories - drink 8x8oz glasses a day.

3. Try to eat smaller meals rather than one big meal.

4. Chew your food slowly & stop eating before you feel full.

5. Discard high calorie foods & reduce greasy food intake.

6. Steam, boil and bake foods rather than frying.

7. When socialising order low calorie/ reduced fat products & learn to say “no”.

8. Share dishes with friends.

9. As each day goes by then you are a day nearer your goal.

10. Think substitutes: ketchup or mustard have less calories than mayo, go for baked or grilled meats or fishes, trade sodas for flavoured water or unsweetened tea.

Types of Diets

1. The Atkins Diet
Launched in 1970s when Dr Atkins published the New Diet Revolution telling us of the effects of sugar and carbs in foods, and how managing your carb intake would lead to weight loss.

The Atkins Diet Plan is made up of 4 phases. The induction phase, on going weight loss, pre-maintenance and lifetime maintenance.

Foods allowed during first two week induction phase include:
Fish, including: tuna, salmon, sole, trout
Fowl, including: chicken, turkey, duck, goose
Shellfish, including: lobster, squid, prawns
Meats, including: pork, beef, lanb, bacon, ham
Also: eggs, up to 90grams of most cheeses a day and 230-340 grams of salads.

Stage 2 On-going Weight loss - The difference between Induction and the on going weight loss (OWL) phases of atkins is that you are allowed to consume more carbohydrates. You increase your carb intake up to 25 grams a day and continue to increase by 5 grams a week until you are no longer losing weight.

Stage 3 Pre-Maintenance - In this phase of the atkins diet you introduce more varied carbs slowly into you diet. You monitor how much carb you can eat without putting on weight.

Stage 4 Lifetime Maintenance - Following the pre maintenance phase you should know what you can eat to stick to you target weight...

2. The Cabbage Soup Diet
To simply lose weight fast, the Cabbage Soup Diet may be just what you're looking for.

The Cabbage Soup Diet is a low fat, high fibre diet that will help you lose weight rapidly, it is not suitable for long term weight loss, but may help start your weight loss before you undertake a more sustainable long term weight management plan.

The Diet is based on a fat burning soup that contains minimal calories. The idea behind it is that the more soup you eat the more weight you will lose.

You are allowed as much water and cabbage soup you want, and a very restricted set of other foods. As with all changes to diet, or exercise, if you are at any medical risk, consult a qualified medical practitioner.

Cabbage Soup Diet Recipes: - The New Cabbage Soup Diet book - Cabbage Soup Diet Information

3. The South Beach Diet

The key with the South Beach Diet is that it teaches you to eat the right carbs and the right fats, so you lose weight. Additional benefits of the diet, experienced by many people, are that it can lower your cholesterol, reduce your risk of heart issues and diabetes, and you don't feel hungry as you are losing weight.

The basis of the south beach diet is that you are allowed to eat healthy sized portions as long as you stay away from sugars and refined foods carbs. Over time you begin to control your blood sugar levels, and as a result you find you eat less than you used to, because you aren't hungry.

Phase One entails 2 weeks of strict dieting and is the initial weight loss period. As with the Atkins diet, nearly all carbohydrates are avoided, you still eat normal sized meals and many people report losing between 8 - 13 lbs.

Phase Two The good carbs are introduced back into your diet, you continue to lose weight until you reach your target weight.

Phase Three This is the life long period, maintaining your desired weight with a healthy balanced diet. If you start to gain weight again, you return to phase one, for a few days.

As with many diets it is recommended to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and with this diet it is also recommended to take a daily calcium supplement.

As we always recommend consult your doctor or medical advisor before altering your diet or exercise plan.

South Beach Diet Recipes
: - South Beach Diet - Low Carb eBook that works - South Beach Diet Information - Low Carb Diet Information

4. The Zone Diet
Dr Barry Sears created the Zone Diet, some times referred to as the 40-30-30 eating plan (40 percent carbohydrate, 30 percent each fat and protein).

With the Zone Diet you have to carefully balance the nutritional content of each meal. Dr Sears created the Zone Diet based on his experience gained through research into the effects of foods on hormone production and metabolic activity.

His diet aims to ensure optimal health by using foods to manage metabolic activity and hormone production, which will lead to the zone and, not incidentally, weight control.

Zone Diet Recipes: - Zone Diet Information - Zone Diet

5. The 3 Day Diet
The 3 day diet plan - is a calorie limited diet over 3 days. There are claims that following it correctly, you can lose up to 10 lbs in 3 days. After the 3 days of dieting you should return to eating a normal healthy diet for at least four to five days, and you should not over eat.

This diet is not a good sustainable diet, we are providing it as we aim to be a complete site for weight loss.

Drink 4 glasses of water or diet soda per day.
For additional flavoring you can add herbs, salt and pepper, lemon, vinegar, worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, mustard and ketchup to your foods.

Day 2
Day 3
Black Coffee or Tea (if required, with 1-2 packets of Sweet and Low or equivalent)
1/2 a Grapefruit or Juice
1 Slice of Toast with 1 tbsp. Peanut Butter
Black Coffee or Tea (if required, with 1-2 packets of Sweet and Low or equivalent)
1 Egg (boiled, scrambled, omlette)
1/2 a Banana
1 Slice of Toast
Black Coffee or Tea (if required, with 1-2 packets of Sweet and Low or equivalent)
5 regular saltine crackers
1 oz. cheddar cheese
1 apple
1/2 a Cup of Tuna
1 Slice of Toast
Black Coffee or Tea (if required, with 1-2 packets of Sweet and Low or equivalent)
1 cup of cottage cheese or tuna
8 regular saltine crackers
1 boiled egg
1 slice of toast
Black Coffee or Tea (if required, with 1-2 packets of Sweet and Low or equivalent)
3 Oz. any lean red meat or chicken
1 cup each of
green beans
regular vanilla ice cream
1 apple
2 beef franks
1 cup of broccoli or cabbage
1/2 a cup carrots
1/2 a banana
1/2 a cup of regular vanilla ice cream
1 cup each of:
1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream

6. Negative Calorie Diet
These diets contain foods that use more calories to digest than the calories the foods actually contain. Calories from these foods take more effort by the body to breakdown and process e.g. a dessert of 300 calories may only require 100 calories to be digested, resulting in 200 calories added to our body fat. On the flipside a food of 100 calories that requires 150 calories to digest would mean you have burnt 50 calories by eating that food!

Negative Calorie Foods: celery, lettuce, onions, beetroots, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, garlic, turnip, spinach, apples, mangos, strawberries, citrus fruits, pineapple, raspberries.

For Negative Food Calorie Diets and Recipes visit:

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