Even though there is a widespread stereotype that following a diet usually occurs when one faces the obesity or other health issues, diets are a good means for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Diets not just allow us to get rid of some excess weight, but also normalize the state of our body, rid the body of harmful elements, and get enough of nutritive.
Indeed, some peculiarities of your body or health state may cause an inability to undertake some of the diets, while you may have a need to follow other diets – as in the case of having diabetes, for example. Also, low-protein and extremely low-carb diets will not be suitable for sportsmen, who need to receive enough energy and elements for muscle building every day.
All in all, all of the diets presented below give you an opportunity to improve your health as well as your body. Though, prior to following any diet, you have to consult your nutritionist, since starting a diet always means a drastic change in a way of life and it may be risky for certain individuals.
The Alkaline Diet’s concept lies in the idea that there are three types of products: acidic, neutral, and alkaline. Consumption of acidic foods leads to the worsening of the state of our body, whereas alkaline foods, on the contrary, make us healthier.
This diet is not a restrictive one, since the maximal share of acidic products you will be able to consume amounts to 40%, which is fairly enough to keep eating your favorite foods. Recently, a number of studies on the topic of Alkaline Diet have been carried out and shown its efficiency. However, it remains unclear whether the weight loss and improvement of the body’s state occurs due to the increase in pH level (caused by the increase of alkaline products consumed) or just to following a balanced, healthy diet, consisting mostly of fruits, vegetables, and protein products.
The core point of the Atkins Diet is a drastic decrease in the consumption of carbohydrates, yet it allows one to eat as much protein and fat products as one wants. During the first two weeks – the first phase of the Atkins Diet, one has to consume no more than 20 grams of carbohydrates each day. This forces the body, stressed by a low intake of energy elements, to burn fat, thus making one to lose weight.
The diet consists of four phases, and the first “Introduction” phase is the most difficult one. If you stand the first phase, then it goes easier with an increase of carbohydrate intake. The diet’s first day will be the most difficult ones, since your body will have to adjust itself to burning fat instead of carbohydrates.
Cabbage Soup Diet
The Cabbage Soup Diet is designed to work for no more than 7 days, in order to avoid potential health issues. Through the diet course, you have to consume a cabbage soup (the recipe is provided on the linked page) as well as some fruits and vegetables. Drinking a lot of water is a must too – though it is recommended for all diets.
There is a “fixed” menu that you should stick to while dieting (also provided on the linked page). Although, many people have criticized this diet due to the weight loss caused by a decrease in the body water, but not a decrease of fat. Yet, a large number of celebrities fancy sticking to this diet from time to time.
The main goal of the Detox Diet is to rid your body of harmful elements, yet a weight loss comes as a bonus. In fact, there are different types of the Detox Diet and all of them show that this diet is a highly restrictive one. That is the reason why it lasts something between 3 and 10 days.
While sticking to the diet, you also have to consume water in large quantities as well as veggies and fruits. In addition, you will lose much more weight if you do light exercises every day, or at least take some 20- or 30-minute evening walks. Perhaps, you may need to use certain supplements, while following the Detox Diet, in order to avoid vitamin deficiency.
The name of the Diabetic Diet is fairly self-explanatory: this diet is usually prescribed to people who suffer from high levels of blood sugar. Indeed, sticking to this diet does not necessarily mean that you will have to skip all your beloved foods, yet you will be able to consume most of the products with high contents of sugar very seldom.
Apart from sugary products, you should also cut the consumption of products that contain animal proteins, since an excessive intake of animal proteins may lead to the insulin resistance, thus worsening your health state. Roughly speaking, your daily intake of calories will be somewhat about 1,600-2,000 calories, which is pretty enough to function well during the day.
The Dukan Diet was developed by a general practitioner who worked in Paris and it aims to kick start a rapid weight loss, followed by a transition to a more moderate, yet stable diet. The first stage is the most difficult and lasts up to 10 days, during which you have to consume as many products containing lean proteins as you want. At the same time, the consumption of fats and carbohydrates must be drastically reduced.
The concept of this diet lies in the fact that proteins (4 calories per each gram) contain a much lower number of calories than fats (9 calories per each gram), thus making it easier to lose weight. At the same time, you must also consume a lot of water through the diet course.
Garcinia Cambogia Diet
Garcinia is a tropical, exotic fruit that grows in South Asia, and this fruit contains certain acids that are very similar to the ones contained in limes, lemons, oranges, and other citrus fruits. Those fruit acids are a basis of the Garcinia Cambogia Diet’s concept. It was found that those acids work in the two following ways: they directly impact the body cells that turn the carbohydrates your body gains into fats (thus preventing from fat accumulation) and curb the appetite.
However, it is not enough to just follow a diet, but you will also have to exercise. In the meanwhile, you will take either drops or pills of the Garcinia extract in order to stick to the diet. The selection of foods offered to your is quite large, yet consists of mostly low-calorie products.
The Grapefruit Diet implies drinking a lot of water, grapefruit juice, and eating many grapefruits, and this diet promises to give a kick start for a rapid weight loss. Typically, the diet lasts 12 days, yet you can continue the diet after a short break for several days if you stand it well and wish to have better results.
Thankfully, the diet consists not only of grapefruit and water, but also some other products, including broiled fish, salads, bacon, eggs, pork chops, tuna salad, etc. The diet includes many products with a high content of proteins, so you can be sure that you will get enough energy for normal functioning.
HCG, known mostly among scientists and doctors as Human Chorionic Gonadotrophin, is a hormone that is produced in the pregnant women’s bodies during the early stages of pregnancy. It is believed that this hormone develops a reluctance to eat and curbs appetite, and taking the pills containing this hormone may help to lose weight.
The HCG Diet consists of three stages, and the first “Loading” stage implies, unlike in the previously listed in diets, eating lots of fatty and high-carb foods. This phase lasts two days and you get to fill your tummy over and over, and only the second stage, which lasts from 21 to 42 days, obliges you to stick to the diet and actually burn your fat. During the “Burning” stage, your meals will consist mostly of proteins, and this allows you to get rid of much of your excess weight.
High Protein Diet
The High Protein Diet might be a perfect choice for people who want to keep working out, while sticking to a diet. On the provided page, there are instructions for meals and a list of products with the highest content of proteins.
Yet in this diet, doing exercises and having enough rest matters as much as the menu and products you consume. Therefore, applying a right day regime and having a good, thought-out workout schedule is necessary, if you want to achieve decent results.
This diet, also known as the Keto Diet, is quite unusual, since it implies a high consumption of fats. Namely, the proportion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates is 75%, 20%, and 5% respectively. A good point of this diet is that it is moderate in the consumption of proteins, since an overabundance of consumed proteins may lead to a rabbit starvation or other serious health issues.
Nevertheless, there are different types of the Keto Diet, and one of them is a High-Protein Keto Diet, which is used mostly by sportsmen and sportswomen. All in all, this diet has proven its effectiveness, though you might need to take vitamin supplements, since you may not receive all of the necessary vitamins due to a drastic decrease in the consumption of carbs.
The Lemonade Diet is able to boast a large number of benefits, including a boost in energy, decreased pain, facilitation in weight loss, improvement of skin and hair, mitigation of allergy effects, and so on. Yet, the diet implies a strict following the diet and consuming only a very limited number of products, namely: the lemonade, herbal laxative tea, and vegetable broth.
Typically, advocates of this diet claim that the lemonade contains all necessary components for a normal functioning. Also, you have to take water-salt bath from time to time – though, it is recommended to take them every day. A good point of this diet is a possibility to take a glass of lemonade anytime you feel hunger.
Low Carb Diet
There are plenty of types of the Low Carb Diet, and that is the reason why you should pick a proper one for you or adjust an existing diet. Typically, any of these diets implies cutting the consumption of carbohydrates, while maintaining the consumption of fats and proteins. Without any doubt, an unquestionable advantage of this diet is that it allows you to feel constantly saturated.
However, this diet is criticized by a number of nutritionists due to the low intake of calories overall. Also, a lack of carbohydrates may badly affect your physical exercises and performance.
The concept of the Mediterranean Diet lies in the following: it tries to mimic what people across the Mediterranean sea typically eat or had eaten before. And in fact, this diet can be barely called so, since it helps you to improve the state of your body’s health and lose some weight, while providing you with plenty of tasty and useful foods. Namely, you can eat lots of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, and plant proteins.
At the same time, this diet obliges you to do daily, at least light exercises. Indeed, it provides you with enough proteins, since you are able to eat fish and poultry at least two times per week. All in all, this kind of diets are a suitable choice for those people who are unwilling to limit themselves too much.
Here you don’t need to guess much what this diet is about: indeed, it tries to mimic the lifestyle our far-away ancestors had had. Even though there were several researches that proved the efficiency of the diet, it still remains unclear whether the change in the menu causes it or something else.
For instance, the Paleo Diet also obliges to have a better day regime, do light exercises, limit oneself from stress and remove stress factors, and get enough sleep and enough sun exposure. All this may have a far greater impact than just an attempt to eat the products that the Paleo people had eaten.
Even though one might think that the Pineapple Diet implies eating only pineapples and drinking only pineapple juice and water, it is far from being so. There are enough products allowed for eating through the diet course, yet, of course, it is mandatory to consume plenty of pineapples.
The diet is based on the idea that pineapples actually force the body to spend more calories on metabolizing those fruits than the body actually receives from them, thus triggering the fat burning process. These diets are quite short and typically last 2, 3, or 5 days, so you are able to choose whichever type you want.
The Scarsdale Diet might seem quite outdated, since it was developed in the late 1970s and is based on obsolete researches. Also, it is characterized by a very low calorie intake and a very stiff, “fixed” menu, which makes many people bored already in the first days.
However, the diet lasts between 7 and 14 days and many people have experienced a sharp weight decrease. The proportion of elements consumed is not so varying as in other diets: 22.5% of fats, 34.5% of carbs, and 43% of proteins. This gives you a chance to not have a feeling of hunger a way too often, while receiving a little number of calories.
There are many types of the Vegan Diet, varying from a typical dietary veganism up to the row-food veganism. Thus, it is sometimes hard to distinguish what products one has to consume on this diet, though there is an accepted version of veganism for “beginners”, which implies just banning all products that come from animals.
There is scientific evidence that the Vegan Diet improves the state of health and facilitates the weight loss, apart from ethical reasons behind it. Indeed, you will have to use certain vitamin supplements in any case, but the diet is worth doing so: it was proven that people who stick to the Vegan Diet are happier than others.
There are many people who decide to undertake the Water Diet, since this diet is able to brag about a large number of advantages and benefits, such as prevention of wrinkles, fighting against blood pressure and anemia, facilitation of the right functioning of kidney, etc. Moreover, there are plenty products with a high content of water that you are able to consume while sticking to this diet.
The diet can last as much as you wish, though typically people undertake it for no more than 6-7 days. At the same time, the diet is great for those lazy ones who don’t wish to do any exercises: one has to minimize physical performance while sticking to the Water Diet.