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Slim-Fast Diet Review

Slim-Fast offers a range of meal replacement diet products and claims that you can lose 10% of your body weight in six months by following their weight loss plan. According to the official Slim-Fast website all Slim-Fast products are formulated with a special blend of protein, fiber and good fats to keep away the food cravings for up to 4 hours.

How does the Slim-Fast Diet really work then? The fundamental approach to helping you lose weight is really simple and has been proven to work over and over. If you control your food portions and your calorie intake, you will automatically lose weight. When you replace your normal meals with prepackaged weight loss products, your portion sizes are automatically taken care of without any effort on your part. The formulation of the Slim-Fast meal replacements also helps to keep you feeling satisfied for longer by the carefully balancing of protein, fat and carbohydrates.

The Slim-Fast weight loss plan suggests you consume six small meals or snacks per day, of which at least 2 meals and one snack must be replaced by a Slim-Fast weight loss product on a daily basis. For the remainder of the meals and snacks you can eat whatever you want, but it is strongly suggested that you stick to lean protein, fruit and vegetables. Not only will you lose weight faster, but you will also start cultivating good and healthy eating habits.

Meal replacement formulations have been improved tremendously over the past few decades and meal replacement as a weight loss strategy has been proven to be very effective and easy to apply. Gone are the days where meal replacements are frowned upon by dietitians and scientists as an unhealthy approach to weight loss. New formulations of the meal replacement products offer consumers the benefit of all the necessary nutrients in very convenient and tasty products.

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Vitamin C and a high protein diet can help you lose weight

It is no secret that one of the biggest problems all of us are faced with today is the sheer abundance of information on all topics, including weight loss. It is just too easy for very valuable articles (even those published in prestigious scientific journals) to disappear amongst all the other articles, blogs and advertisements all claiming that they have found the cure to all your weight loss problems. It is a rare pleasure then to stumble upon a research article published in a well known scientific journal that explains how and why a few changes to your lifestyle can help you lose weight and maintain your optimal body weight.

The article I am referring to, Strategies for Healthy Weight Loss: From Vitamin C to the Glycemic Response, was published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2005 by Carol Johnston from the Department of Nutrition at the Arizona. This article may have been published over three years ago; but all the strategies suggested are still valid. They are also easy to follow and understand. What follows is a discussion of this research paper.

The two most obvious factors contributing to the obesity problem faced by the American public are reduced physical activity and increased energy intake. Of course, while most people recognize these two factors as the real causes for the obesity epidemic, it is also becoming increasingly clear that there is more to this very serious health problem than meets the eye. The fight against obesity is further complicated by a number of other influences, including psychological issues, cultural differences, lifestyle choices, environmental factors and then of course individual differences. The good news is that there are a number of strategies available to improve your chances of losing weight permanently.
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Macrobiotic Diet Review – healthy weight loss plan but not easy

The Macrobiotic Diet is much more than just a weight loss plan. It is a way of life where followers are guided to adopt a new way of life that integrates physical and spiritual health. The name of the Macrobiotic Diet is derived from the Greek word “macro” meaning large or long, and “bios” meaning life. So – a diet designed for a long life. The term “macrobiotics” was first used by Hippocratus, the father of Western Medicine, to describe people who were healthy and long-lived.

George Ohsawa, a Japanese philosopher, developed the original Macrobiotic Diet and philosophy. He took his teachings over to the United States in the 1950s. Michio Kushi, one of Ohsawa’s pupils later refined and popularized this diet. The Kushi Institute was opened in Boston in 1978. Kushi and his wife, Aveline Kushi, published a number of books on the Macrobiotic Diet.

Followers of the Macrobiotic Diet believe there is a strong relationship between food and the mind, body and spirit – and that our lives really are affected in many ways by what we eat, when we eat, and how we eat. The nutritional approach this diet is based on is in essence a low fat, high fiber diet; emphasizing locally grown whole grains and vegetables with plenty of beans and soy products. The basic vegetarian diet is supplemented by small amounts of fish, nuts and fruit. Macrobiotics discourages the use of processed or refined foods and clearly identifies refined sugar as one of the major culprits in the modern diet.

The Macrobiotic Diet goes as far as to prescribe different foods for different seasons, and for different times of the day. Food must be chosen to ensure a balance between yin and yang as per the eastern philosophy. Yin foods are described as cooling and include most fruit and vegetables. Yang foods are regarded as warming foods and include most animal products, fish, coffee, chocolate, ham and wine. Sweeter food generally holds more yin energy, while salty food contains the yang. Extremes to both sides (yin and yang) are to be avoided and foods must be selected from the middle range. Even though it is a largely vegetarian lifestyle, Macrobiotics also allows for fish and some animal products, and is therefor described as a “flexitarian” lifestyle.
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Diet Review: Burn The Fat, Feed The Muscle and boost you metabolism

The more you research the weight loss field the clearer it becomes that as much as we would have wished it, there just are no quick fixes or wonder drugs available. We have all been there. Every instinct is yelling out that the latest “fast and easy” or “just take a diet pill” weight loss craze is just too good to be true, but you still decide to give it a go. Not all your fault though; advertisers for these miracle cures know just which emotional buttons to push.

After many disappointments it finally dawns on you: not only are you not achieving your weight loss goals, but your weight problems are actually getting worse even though you are almost permanently on a diet. The reason for this in all probability is that all these fad diets you’ve subjected your body to actually resulted in a loss of lean muscle mass and a slower metabolism. This is the time then for you to smarten up and find a sustainable weight loss plan that will boost your metabolism and help you not only reach that goal weight, but also maintain it.


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Weight Watchers Review

Weight Watchers is one of those diets that never goes away. It has become a familiar beacon in a sea of fad diets and miracle cures. Although Weight Watchers has been around for more than 40 years their weight loss plans are always changing to take advantage of the most current scientific information and research. The lives of millions of people have been changed for the better after they successfully lost weight using this user-friendly weight loss system.

Weight Watchers was founded in 1963 by Jean Nidetch, at the time living in Brooklyn, New York. Like many of us, she found it incredibly hard to lose weight. Just before the birth of what was to become Weight Watchers, Jean managed to lose 20 pounds, but found that she really battled to keep up her motivation levels. In examining her own needs, Jean realized just how important empathy, rapport and mutual understanding are to the whole process of losing and maintaining weight.

By sharing weight loss tips and supporting each other Jean and her group of friends all lost weight, and the word spread quickly. As the group expanded, Jean joined forces with Al Lippert to start up Weight Watchers. True to its humble beginnings the key focus area of the program from the start was the concept of group counseling. The Weight Watcher meetings became the hallmark of the program and today over 1 million people are attending weekly meetings in 30 countries around the world.
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Review of the South Beach Diet

The South Beach diet was developed by a practicing cardiologist, Dr. Arthur Agatston. Dr Agatston did not initially set out to develop a weight-loss plan. He simply got frustrated when his patients, when following the standard, low-fat American Heart Association diet, failed to lose weight or improve their blood chemistry. He then developed a new diet specifically for his patients, which later became the basis for The South Beach Diet, an international best seller. The South Beach Diet was first published in April 2003 and has been on the New York Times best seller list for more than 96 consecutive weeks, with more than 8.5 million copies in print. It was #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list for 38 weeks.

The diet is formulated on the premise that many of us are addicted to carbohydrate foods. Many experts commented that the South Beach diet is really just a revised version of the Atkins Diet. Both of these diets kick off with a first stage designed to get rid of addiction to high levels of carbohydrate consumption. The South Beach diet varies from Atkins in that it consists of three instead of four phases. While the first and last phases of both diets are very similar, the middle two phases of the Atkins Diet has been replaced by a single stage in the South Beach Diet. As result of this difference the typical rate at which South Beach followers lose weight is lower than that of Atkins followers, but fans claim that the South Beach diet is easier to stick to since it offers greater variety at an earlier stage in the diet.

The South Beach Diet is introduced as a balanced weight-loss and maintenance plan that encourages people to eat a variety of foods, such as lean sources of protein, reduced fat cheeses and dairy products, legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and good fats like olive and canola oil.  Snacking is encouraged along with approved sweet treats and desserts on a daily basis. The glycemic index (is a ranking system for carbohydrates based on their effect on blood sugar) plays a critical role in the diet, as it forms the basis for Agatston’s advice on how to choose the best carbohydrates to accompany a meal. The concept of the glycemic index (considered with the actual glycemic load) is generally accepted as a crucial component of healthy diets nowadays.
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The Mediterranean Diet?


So what exactly is all this fuss about the Mediterranean Diet? Everywhere you go, the topic comes up in discussions as the solution to all our weight problems. The name itself conjures up associations of lazy summer holidays, sumptuous food, wine and good friends. How can a diet like this not be extremely enjoyable?

In a recent study the Mediterranean type diet was compared head on to Low-Carb and Low-Fat type diets. It came out with flying colors. Average weight loss on the Mediterranean diet almost equaled that of Low-Carb diets, while most definitely offering a more varied and exciting menu. Most importantly; the range of implementation options and food groups this eating plan offers makes it much easier to permanently change to your everyday eating habits for sustained weight loss.

The study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine (17 July 2008), found that participants in the Low-Carb group lost the most weight with a two year sustained average loss of 10.4 lb (4.7 kg). The group on the Mediterranean diet followed close on their heels with an average weight loss of 9.7 lb (4.4 kg). Interestingly, the average weight loss of those on the Low-Fat Diet was considerably lower at only 6.4 lb (2.9 kg). Women did better than men on the Mediterranean Diet, and the diet was also found to have definite general health benefits such as the prevention of Type II Diabetes and heart problems, as well as improved longevity.

Now that we know the Mediterranean diet warrants a closer look; what is it exactly?


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How to choose the best diet

You’ve reached the point where you decided that you have had enough of not being able to enjoy your life as much as you should because of the “excess baggage” you are carrying around. The question then, with so many diets out there, is “How do I go about choosing the right diet for me?”  The eventual answer to that question will be worth millions, and truth be told, there will probably be as many answers as there are people, because we are all so different. Some of the considerations for choosing a diet are your lifestyle, your personality, your genetic make-up and your community. What follows is a list of some of the more important aspects to consider.

1. Does your diet suit your lifestyle? If you are working full day at an office, you simply do not have the time to go and search for exotic ingredients some of the celebrity diets require. Or you may not have much time available to spend in the kitchen weighing off portions or preparing food. Some of the diets may not fit your budget, while others can be easily accommodated. Do you have the time and the opportunity to attend required weigh in sessions? Make sure that whichever diet you choose, it is practical and easy to execute taking into account your lifestyle.

2. Avoid strict diets. Instead of going on a very strict diet, choose a diet that considers a healthy lifestyle and teaches you how to enjoy healthy, nutritious and appetizing food. One of the most important success factors for your diet is your mindset, so it is essential that your diet trigger positive associations in your mind. In short, you have to enjoy it. Often, when the diet is very strict, and you have made a mistake, it is very easy to feel like a complete failure and abandon the diet in its entirety. Choose a diet that allows you sufficient freedom of choice with regards to food types and regularity of meals to still enjoy your life, and that helps you to get back on track should you have made a mistake.
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