There are so many options to choose from when it comes to dieting. In fact it seems that each month there is a new diet popping up that promises to shed off our pounds in a period of time that seems so unreasonable, yet it gives us a glimmer of hope that maybe this time we’ll finally get the body we always dreamed of.
It can be quite overwhelming, and ultimately make you quit your intentions of eating healthy and go back to your old ways. Let’s face it, you’re not doing anyone a favor by doing this.
We hear you, which is exactly why we compiled this list of some of the best diets out there to make it much easier for you to begin living your healthiest life!
Picking the Best Diet Plan For You
Before you do anything else, it’s very important to consult with your doctor or nutritionist before you go ahead and make decisions on your own, particularly if you have persisting health issues.
Now, let’s see how you can pick the right diet.
Get rid of the preconceived idea of a diet
What is a diet? A diet is essentially a combination of all the foods consumed by a person. When you go back to the true meaning of a diet, it doesn’t look so stressful, right? This is why it’s important to get rid of all the preconceived notions of a diet that you may have and approach it from a different perspective.
Choose a diet that you can stick to
In order for a diet to be effective, it should be a diet you can actually stick to, and one that won’t leave you feeling hungry.
Consider your lifestyle
What do you usually eat? How much time do you spend cooking for yourself? Who do you eat with? These are some of the questions you need to get straight. The ideal diet should fit your schedule and your lifestyle without too many drastic changes. Answering questions like these can help you understand more about your eating habits, and can help you pick a diet that’s more suitable to your lifestyle, which in turn will make it easier for you to stick to.
Think about your budget
An important thing to consider is your budget. It varies from diet to diet, so you have to be clear on how much money you’re willing to set aside for your shopping list.
What about your nutritional needs?
Nutritional needs vary from person to person. Also, they do change quite a bit as you get older. For instance, adults should limit their intake of fat, sugar and salt and instead eat lots of foods that are rich in iron and calcium. This is why consulting with a doctor or nutritionist is essential in this stage.
The Atkins diet is a low-carb eating plan which primarily focuses on including protein and fats into your daily intake. It was developed by Robert C. Atkins with the purpose of changing lifelong eating habits successfully, helping lose unwanted weight and keeping it off.Learn more about it here.
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension or DASH puts an emphasis on eating the right portion sizes. It focuses on eating foods that are lower in sodium as well as foods that are rich in potassium, magnesium and calcium. Wondering what exactly the DASH diet entails? Read more here.
Otherwise known as the Keto diet, it’s a low-carb, high-fat diet that helps burn fat more easily. Because of eating less carbs, your body goes into ketosis which is a metabolic state where the body instead of taking carbs, it accesses the fats you eat, and burns them for energy. Other benefits include decreased hunger and increase of energy. See the complete guide to the keto diet.
A low-carb diet focuses primarily on eating vegetables and foods high in natural protein and fats. There are numerous types of low carb diets out there, such as the keto diet that we mentioned before. The keto diet allows only 20g of carbs per day, while with a low carb diet you can go anywhere between 20-50g (moderate) or 50-100g of carbs. Learn more in this guide.
The macrobiotic diet is all about avoiding refined foods and most animal products. This diet is all about achieving balance in your life – it urges you to make healthy food choices, eat regularly, stay active and maintain a positive attitude. This diet is fully explained in this article.
Mayo Clinic Diet
The Mayo Clinic Diet encourages you to completely rewire your brain and change your habits. For example it encourages you to cook your own meals from scratch, to stop eating while watching TV etc. It doesn’t have any major dietary restrictions, which helps to maintain a sustained long-term weight loss. Get more details on the diet!
This one is inspired by the diet people lead in Mediterranean countries. It focuses on eating fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, fish and seafood, and plenty of whole grains. Read an in depth guide on the Mediterranean Diet here.
The Mind Diet is a diet created to focus on improving brain function, and preventing dementia. It’s a mix of the Mediterranean and DASH diet. It focuses on including whole grains, fish, berries, green, leafy vegetables in our daily intake. Learn more about the Mind Diet here.
The Paleolithic diet aims to remove modern foods from our diets and take a step back to the way our ancestors ate millions of years ago. It focuses on eating fruits and vegetables full of essential nutrients our body needs. Interested in starting the Paleo diet? Check this out.
A Pescatarian diet is very similar to a vegetarian diet.It includes eating fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, whole grains, beans, eggs, dairy, and of course, fish and seafood which are considered the primary source of protein in this diet. Learn more about it here.
Raw Vegan Diet
A raw vegan diet focuses on eating raw foods. It is claimed to come with many health benefits, and aids weight loss.
It involves no cooking, and is all about eating fresh foods, which is great news if you’re no fan of cooking. Start learning more about it here.
South Beach Diet
You might’ve heard about the South Beach diet, since it’s been super popular for over a decade.
It’s a healthy and fast way to get rid of unwanted weight. It focuses primarily on eating lean proteins and unsaturated fats, and low-glycemic-index carbs. This guide here can help you start it now!
“Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes” or TLC Diet is a diet that focuses on heart health, and lowering bad cholesterol levels. It promotes increased physical activity and switching up the types of fat you eat. A more detailed guide of the TLC diet can be found here.
Vegan And Vegetarian Diet
A vegan diet can be viewed as a more strict approach than the vegetarian diet. It differs from the vegetarian diet simply because it does not allow consuming any animal products or byproducts of animals, while vegetarianism excludes meat, fish and poultry, it still does allow some animal products such as eggs or dairy. An article to guide you into vegan and vegetarian diets can be found right here!
This diet is a 30 day clean eating plan designed to create better habits simply by excluding certain types of foods. It works because you remove inflammatory foods and beverages from your diet, which in turn reaps numerous benefits for you and your body. Find out all the benefits here.
WW (Weight Watchers) Diet
The WW Diet has been around for more than 50 years, and it has proven to be quite successful. It works by using so-called SmartPoints which are a way to track your food intake, while your daily points are based on the amount of energy your body needs to lose weight. See a more detailed overview here.
Other Weight Loss Options
Juicing is essentially extracting juice from fruits or vegetables using a juicer. It’s said that juicing can reduce the risk of cancer, boost your immune system, remove toxins from your body, and ultimately help you lose weight. Read this guide to learn more.
Cleanses or detoxes, aim to remove toxins that have bad effects on your health, from your body. There are many cleanses out there, but we think this is the perfect place to start.
- Intermittent Fasting
This is an eating pattern that goes from fasting, to eating for indefinite periods of time. The important thing to remember is that intermittent fasting doesn’t change what you eat, rather it changes when you eat. More on that can be found here.
- The Warrior Diet
The Warrior Diet is a more strict type of intermittent fasting where it focuses on 20 hours of fasting and 4 hours of unlimited eating. It’s important to be informed on such a drastic change, so consult your doctor or nutritionist before starting this diet, but also read more on it here.
- The 5:2 diet
Otherwise known as The Fast Diet. It’s called the 5:2 diet because you’re required to eat normally 5 days per week, and have two days where you restrict yourself to 500–600 calories per day. This lengthy guide might help you learn more.
- The 16/8 method
This method helps lower blood pressure and lose weight at the same time. It’s one of the most popular methods of fasting, mostly because it’s easy and convenient. It basically involves fasting for 16 hours, after which you have an 8 hour window to eat as much as you’d like (preferably not junk food). Here is a very handy guide on the 16/8 method.
- Alternate-day fasting
Alternate day fasting is also a type of intermittent fasting, during which you fast every other day but eat whatever you want on the non-fasting days. Learn more about it!