If you’re looking to lose some excess body fat you might be wondering which weight loss plan is best for you.
It depends on what your goals are. Do you want to lose weight quickly or are you looking for a longer-term solution?
The Most Common Diets Can be Grouped Into 3 Major Categories.
We go into this in detail with our nutritional expert Dr. Stephen Chaney in the Weight Loss Fast Track webcast.
1. Plant-Based Diets
A plant-based diet can be actually broken into several types.
Pure plant-based diets like vegetarian diets which eliminate all meat, poultry, and fish, or vegan diets that take it even further by excluding dairy products and eggs.
Then there’s the flexitarian or flexible vegetarian diet, which allows for protein and animal products in moderation, making it a popular alternative.
Plant-based diets are healthy and are effective for weight loss, but they can restrict important nutrients typically found in animal products, such as iron, vitamin B12, vitamin D, calcium, and zinc. The flexitarian approach or proper supplementation can help account for these nutrients.
The flexitarian approach or proper supplementation can help account for these nutrient deficiencies.
2. Low-Carb Diets
Low carb diets restrict carb intake in favor of protein and fat. Protein can help curb your appetite, raise your metabolism, and conserve muscle mass. The most popular weight plans falling under this category are Atkins, Keto, and LCHF (low-carb, high-fat).
A Paleo diet is not low-carb by definition but it tends to be so in practice. People who eat a Paleo diet typically focus on eating whole foods, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, nuts, and seeds. They tend to restrict their consumption of processed foods, grains, sugar, and dairy.
3. Low-Fat Diets
Low-fat diets restrict fat intake because fat provides about twice the number of calories per gram compared with protein and carbs. Ultra-low-fat diets are mainly plant-based and limit meat and animal products.
Our Guide to Weight Loss Plans
If quick results are your primary objective, you may consider starting with one of these restrictive weight loss plans:
The Keto diet may be popular and gives quick results, but our nutritional scientist Dr. Steve Chaney does not recommend the keto diet as a long term weight plan because it could:
- Create nutritional deficiencies
- Deplete essential cellular protein reserves
- Damage the kidneys
- Cause osteoporosis
So you may want to approach this one with caution.
If long-term results are your primary objective, our nutritional experts recommend you choose a weight loss plan that is simple, safe, and plant-based.
Here are 4 options they recommend:
Primarily plant-based diets are associated with a healthier weight and better health long term. The DASH and Mediterranean diets consist of eating plans that emphasize vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy products. Both diets limit saturated fats and refined sugars.
Whatever you choose, they recommend you work with your doctor to come up with a safe and healthy weight plan that’s right for you.
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