Top 10 Diets

Fad diet or healthy diet?

The top 10 diets include healthy ways to lose weight, celebrity-inspired diets, and fad diets. Some of these diets may seem familiar; they've been around a while.

Top 10 Diets

After scanning the hundreds of diet books, plans and programs available, the following plans made it to the top 10 list. The list is sorted into three categories:

  1. Healthy Eating
  2. Celebrity Diets
  3. Fad Diets

So get ready and get set to lose weight…here are the top 10 diets.

Healthy Eating

Healthy diets include a balance of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. They don't exclude any one particular food group or make any foods villains. These diets focus on helping people learn the basics of healthy eating, with the goal of moderate weight loss and long term success.

1. Weight Watchers

The number one choice of the top diets is Weight Watchers. From their successful POINTS system to the newest Momentum plan, Weight Watchers has helped thousands of people successfully lose weight and keep it off. Their plans are based on sound science and the latest nutritional research, and all emphasize healthy eating, moderate exercise, and group support.

2. NutriSystem

Although the NutriSystem diet relies upon primarily packaged meals and snacks, their clients prefer it this way. Many clients like NutriSystem because it spurs fast weight loss success. With the advent of NutriSystsem D, the diet plan and low-glycemic index meals for diabetics, NutriSystem utilizes cutting-edge nutritional research to create a healthy way to lose weight.

3. The Sonoma Diet (Mediterranean Diet)

The Mediterranean Diet is an oldie but a goodie, and the Sonoma Diet put a 2009 spin on this healthy way of eating. Based on whole grains, heart-healthy oils, fish and vegetables, the Mediterranean diet is packed with flavor, nutrients and is low in calories.

4. The 1200 Calorie Diet

Although you could eat poorly on this diet, most people understand that in order to stay healthy on a 1200 calorie diet, they've got to pack it full of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains and go easy on the sweets and empty calories.

Celebrity Diets

Although many diet companies use celebrity spokespeople, celebrity diets are an entity unto themselves.

5. The Dr. Oz Diet

Mehmet Oz, M.D., rose to fame thanks to his appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show. The Dr. Oz Diet focuses on healthy eating and lifestyle choices for longevity and good health. Weight loss is a nice bonus from this diet, but the emphasis is on overall health rather than simply weight loss.

6. Jillian Michaels

You know and love her from The Biggest Loser reality show. Jillian Michaels' no excuses, tough guy approach gets results.

7. Dr. Siegel's Cookie Diet

It sounds enticing, doesn't it? Munch on cookies and lose weight. Unfortunately, the Keebler Elves haven't invented a magical cookie. Dr. Siegel's cookies are meal replacement cookies packed with nutrients and fiber. Don't run for the Oreos just yet.

Fad Diets

Fad diets continue to be popular. Some pretend to be based on science while others just promise quick weight loss.

8. The Cabbage Soup Diet

The Cabbage Soup Diet remains one of those diets that just won't go away. Fasting on cabbage soup and a strict list of foods can indeed help people lose weight quickly, but it's temporary. Once the dieter returns to normal patterns of eating, weight usually returns. It's also dangerously low in calories and nutrition.

9. The Lemonade Diet Lemonade is no longer just a thirst-quencher on a hot summer day. It's also now touted as the ultimate diet food. It's one of the many so-called fasting and detox or detoxification diets to hit the news in 2009. Like many fad diets, it's intended as a short term diet only. It is a fasting, cleansing diet consisting of purified water, fresh lemon juice, cayenne paper and pure maple syrup.

10. Grapefruit Diet

Like the Cabbage Soup Diet, the Grapefruit_Diet remains popular as a fad diet. Newer versions of this fad diet focus on grapefruit juice instead of whole grapefruit and emphasize exercise, but the dubious claims of 10 pounds lost in 12 days remain the same.

Diets, Diets Everywhere

No matter which way you turn, there's a diet promoted as the best, the latest and greatest method of losing weight. Which one is the right one for you? Only you can decide. Before trying any diet, get the okay from your doctor, especially if you have a chronic medical condition.

Looking over the list of the top diets, they each have one thing in common. They provide guidance and focus for people seeking to lose weight by recommending calorie restriction and exercise. While some emphasize certain foods over others, all diets follow the same basic pattern; eat less, move more, weigh less.

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Top 10 Diets