Weight loss diet plans
There is a huge variety of diet plans and weight-loss programmes - some sensible, some bizarre, and a few that are potentially dangerous. More than 50 of the most widely used diet plans are reviewed here, so that you have all the information you need to make informed dieting choices.
Carbohydrate controlled diets are based on a strict ration of carbohydrate, protein and fat, and aim to maintain stable blood sugar levels, helping the body break down fat, work within its 'peak performance zone', and maximize weight loss.
Controlled portion sizes diets are based on the principle that eating large portions is a major factor in becoming overweight.
Detox diets are programmes aimed at eliminating toxins from the body, since a healthy liver burns fat more efficiently.
Food-combining diets are based on the belief that different food types are digested differently and should not be eaten together.
Glycaemic index diets are based on the theory that insulin levels and weight can be controlled by eating low-glycaemic-index foods.
Weight loss occurs on these very low-fat, high-fibre diets because much less of such foods is required in order to feel satisfied.
In these diets, weight loss is based on very low-calorie meal replacements supplying 100 per cent of daily vitamins and minerals.
The theory behind metabolic typing diets is that weight loss occurs when only correct foods for blood type are consumed.
Quick weight loss diets are based on severe calorie restriction and produce specific weight loss over a very short time period.
Weight-loss centres propose weight loss diet programmes supported by regular weigh-ins, advice and group support.
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