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Weight Loss Diets

Choosing a diet plan to help you lose weight

Most people start following diets to lose weight, whether it's because they feel too fat or because their doctor has suggested that they try a weight loss diet plan for the sake of their health. Besides helping you lose weight, a proper diet can also help you feel better and improve your bodily functions. Often these diets are combined with regular exercise, so you'll find that your body will get the nutrients it needs while also getting more toned and stronger.

Always remember to consult your doctor before trying any diets that you find online – some may not be recommended for your particular health condition or body type. By making sure that you are being safe with your approach to weight loss, you can choose a personalized plan from the many diets available for your specific needs.

Types of Weight Loss Diets

There are many different types of weight loss diets you can try, but be wary of crash diets. These fast weight loss diets may seem very tempting, but you can do some considerable damage to your body by losing weight too quickly. Do your research and consult a professional before trying anything.

Some weight loss diets include:

  • Low calorie diets. These diets, such as the Volumetrics eating plan, focus on reducing the amount of calories that you take in during the day. They encourage you to eat and to not deny yourself food – but you should eat foods that are lower in calories and full of nutrients. Often, you will be encouraged to give up the majority of carbohydrates and sugar in your diet and instead focus on eating foods that will nourish your body and promote better digestion.
  • Low carb diets. Probably best known for the famous Atkins diet plan, these diets allow you to eat as much protein and vegetables as you like, but forbid you to eat many carbs, if any. This means that you'll give up food items like bread and starchy vegetables like corn and potatoes. Some diets allow you to gradually add small amounts of these items back into your diet eventually.
  • Diet programs. These diets are modeled on one of the above-mentioned diets and involve keeping track of eating and weight loss using calorie-counting and minutes of exercise. Some of these plans – the Perricone diet, for example – promise to make you look younger by having you eat foods that will anti-oxidize your body. Others have low-calorie food that you can purchase to help you on your weight loss journey.

One of the best ways to lose weight is to simply choose lower-calorie foods and include at least 30 minutes of exercise per day in your schedule. Starving yourself will not work, as you will gain the weight back immediately as soon as you start eating again. Choose a diet that will keep you healthy and help you lose weight, and you will feel better as well as look better.