New Diets for Weight Loss
At the start of a New Year, many people will be following up on their resolutions and looking for new diets for weight loss. In this article, we give you an overview of some the popular diets around at the moment.
What is the best diet on the market
Over the years, many diets have come and gone. Often, new diets are really just old diets with a new name. There are many common elements to be found across different diets, so the key is to pick one that had good evidence, is based on sound science, and importantly, that you believe you can stick with. Ultimately, what you should really look for is a lifestyle change that incorporates eating habits that you can live with for the long haul. Don’t think about being “on” or off” a diet. This is a yo-yo pattern that can play havoc with your metabolism.
With that introduction out of the way, lets take a look at some diets.
Intermittent Fasting Diets
1. The 5:2 Intermittent Fast Diet
The title of this diet says it all. You have five days of eating normally, then on the other two days you have a very reduced caloric intake of around 500-600 calories. Many people find the 5:2 diet easy to maintain, as you’re only asked to restrict your calories in the two “fast” days. The rest of the week you can pretty much eat your normal choice of food.
2. The 16:8 Intermittent Fast Diet
With the 16:8 diet, you can eat within an 8 hour window each day and then you fast for 16. You can eat all of your normal calories during those 8 hours, but then you can’t eat anything for the other 16 hours. Considering a good portion of that time is spent sleeping, you can see how easily this diet can form a lifestyle change for good.
In addition to helping with weight loss, reducing the period of time when you can eat means you can really simplify your life, for example if you don’t start your eating window until 1pm, then your mornings are much simpler. No breakfast to prepare before work, etc.
To really optimise weight loss on an intermittent fasting diet, it’s best to eat healthy food and restrict your total caloric intake defined by your base metabolic rate, level of activity, etc.
While it may not be the cheapest option, and it involves the effort of keeping count of your meal points, Weight Watchers is effective. There are many things in it’s favour: it’s flexible, there is a support group, and there’s no need to eliminate food groups.
This diet is focused on nutritionally dense foods that keep you feeling full and satisfied. As a result, your diet is higher in protein and lower in calories,saturated fat and sugar.
The Mediterranean Diet aims for the promotion of heart and brain health, along with long term weight loss. There is a view that men and women from the Mediterranean typically live longer and suffer fewer diseases.
This diet plan promotes an active lifestyle, weight control and features very a little red meat, sugar, and saturated fat, and lots of nuts, wine, olive oil, fish, and a moderate amount of eggs, cheese, and yogurt.
New year weight loss
While it’s great to use a New Year resolution as an incentive to take control of your weight loss and eating habits, it’s really best to think longer term and introduce lifestyle changes you can maintain. Jumping on and off diets will wreak havoc with your metabolism, so find a diet that works for you and stick with it. The more results you achieve, the more you will want to keep going. As well as dieting, it’s also a great idea to introduce more physical exercise too. If you don’t want to join a gym, there are plenty of options for buying exercise equipment that you can use at home.
If you’re interested in reading more, we have a wide range of books covering many diets, including the fasting diets mentioned in this article. You can take a look at our diet books here.
If you decide it’s time to try one of these new diets for weight loss, remember to keep track of your goals and progress.