The Zone Diet – Does it Really Work?

The Zone Diet has been around for quite some time yet despite its popularity, a lot of people don’t understand exactly what it is or the specifics of how it works. It is one of the low-carbohydrate weight loss diets.

What is the Zone Diet?

Created by the biochemist Barry Sears, the Zone Diet is essentially a balance of high protein, low carb and low fat foods. It encourages the increased consumption of high protein but low fat foods such as white meats, good fats such as olive oil and avocado and carbs that consist of mostly vegetables and fruits.

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The Zone Diet consists of 3 meals a day and 2 snacks in between, with a serving ratio that is always 30% fat, 40% carbs and 30% protein. In this diet, the carbs are treated as the condiments rather than the bulk of the meal, with more of a vegetable-based shift from the common starchy carbs such as rice and pasta.

This diet does not obsess over calorie counting like a lot of other diets do. As long as you stick to the ratio stated above, the amount of calories that you consume in a day can vary.

Another thing to understand is that this diet does not guarantee dramatic immediate weight loss. It is more of a long term plan that guarantees the loss of weight over time, while also changing your eating habits for the better.

The Zone Diet – Conclusion

While there has been no research that has proven that this particular ratio of protein will result in weight loss, there has been a lot of positive feedback from people who say that while the results were not immediate, with time they dropped the pounds and kept them off.

Further resources:

  1. Zonediet.com: http://www.zonediet.com/the-zone-diet/
  2. Wikipedia: Zone Diet
  3. WebMD: The zone diet

The Flat Belly Diet

the flat belly dietThe team over at Prevention.com has been writing about diet, body health and weight loss for a long time, and a recent discovery they made was the beginning of The Flat Belly Diet. Simply put, this diet implies that it is possible to eat certain types of food and shed excessive fat, specifically in the belly area.

Many individuals struggle to lose belly fat, not only for aesthetic but also health reasons.

The Flat Belly Diet claims to get rid of the belly fat by:

  • Focusing on Monounsaturated fats

There are many types of fats in food, but monounsaturated fat has been identified as the best to aid in weight loss. These fats commonly referred to as MUFA’s, are said to target and eliminate belly fat while giving you a feeling of satiety in the process.

This helps you lose the excess weight around your belly, while at the same time keeping you from consuming excess food. Foods rich in monounsaturated fat include oils such as olive oil, canola oil, peanuts and avocadoes.

  • Sticking to specific eating times, and specific amounts

Another key instruction of the Flat Belly diet is that a dieter eats every four hours. This should amount to a total of four meals. The meals themselves should be no more than 400 calories per serving, so it is important to find out the calorie amounts for each meal.

Many people stand by this diet as one of the best ways to shed belly fat, and many more are taking the step to try it and see the results for themselves.

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What you need to know about the Grapefruit Diet

Dieting for weight loss has been around for a long time, and the Grapefruit Diet is among some of the oldest diets out there with earlier reports going back as far as the 1930s. As its name suggests, this diet is focused around one food item and that is grapefruit.

The fine print of the Grapefruit diet

Here are some of the most important points to note about this unique diet.

  • This diet is called the Grapefruit Diet because once you begin; all your meals must include grapefruit and/or grapefruit juice.  The grapefruit and its juice will also constitute all of your snacks so whenever you are feeling up for a little snack, it had better be grapefruit.
  • The diet lasts for about 12 days at a time.
  • The diet also emphasizes reducing your intake of carbs as well as sugars. This means cutting back on the rice, pasta and even potatoes.
  • While on the diet it is encouraged that you eat more foods that are high in protein such as eggs, red meat and even pork.

There have been numerous variations of this diet, but the majority of them all claim to have the same results; cutting out weight in as fast as those 10 to 12 days.

There have been numerous debates regarding the validity of a diet like this, with many claiming that if done right, it does work. Others have gone ahead to claim that there is no research to prove that grapefruits actually have any impact on the diet at all.

The Basics of the Eat to Live Diet

The Nutritarian diet is more popularly referred to as the Eat to Live Diet and it was first developed by Dr. Joel Fuhrman as an alternative to the mainstream diets that were already saturating the weight loss industry. What is most unique about this diet is perhaps the fact that it focuses on the long term health of the body rather than weight loss.

The Eat to Live diet focuses on promoting the unlimited consumption of certain types of foods, limited consumption of others and the complete cutting out of certain types of food. Below is a breakdown of the foods that constitute this diet.

  • Unlimited foods

These are the foods that you should eat an unlimited supply of. These include Green and non-green vegetables such as kale, string beans, mushroom, beans carrots radishes and so much more. Fresh fruits should also be in unlimited supply, and most spices are allowed, except for salt.

  • Limited foods

These are the foods that should be eaten in limited amounts. These include starch, whole and refined starchy grains, animal products such as meats and eggs, and raw unsalted nuts and grains.

  • Foods to avoid

This diet suggests that you cut out fatty dairy products, salt, processed animal products, oils, fats and sugars or sweeteners.

This is a simplified version of this diet, and the book that Dr. Fuhrman wrote regarding this diet goes though it in a lot more detail. He guarantees that this diet is essentially rich in nutrients that will go a long way in keeping the body healthy for a much longer period of time as well as helping you to shed off some of that excess weight.

The Dukan Diet

Developed by Dr. Pierre Dukan, this diet is mostly protein based, with the theory that so long as your diet is high in protein, the fat will most definitely be shed.

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The Dukan Diet has four stages:

  • The Attack Phase

During this phase, you are allowed to have all you can eat from a predetermined set of protein rich foods. Some of the foods that you are encouraged to eat include lean beef, chicken, low-fat ham, fish and oats among many others. This phase is said to be the phase where people experience the biggest loss in weight.

  • The Cruise Phase

During this phase of the Dukan Diet, you are encouraged to gradually reintroduce certain specified non-starchy vegetables into your diet, still on an all you can eat basis. These include mushrooms, cucumbers, salad greens and peppers. The rate of weight loss during this phase is slower with about a pound lost per week.

  • The Consolidation Phase

The purpose of this phase is to get your body used to this new diet and to keep the weight off permanently. The food is still all you can eat, but now you get to mix them as you like. Certain starchy foods are also allowed but in very little amounts.

  • The Stabilization Phase

This final phase is the same as the previous, with the exception that you must have one day in a week when you consume protein only.

The book written by the doctor himself outlines various diet recipes to make the Dukan Diet much easier to adapt to. This diet aims to not only shed fat, but keep it off entirely.

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