Healthspan November 13, 2017

Whether you want to slim down after the festive season or you just want to be fitter and healthier dieting can be a way to achieve your weight loss goals. Check these top 5 dieting picks and what you should be looking out for to help get you started…

The world of dieting can be a tricky to navigate when there’s so much choice out there. Finding something that fits into your daily routine is important. People tend to have success when they find something that’s sustainable over a long period of time and that fits in with their lifestyle. Finding that perfect combination isn’t always easy, but your research here’s some of the things you should look out for…

Does it include exercise?

Exercise and diet should work together when it comes to weight loss. If you’re diet plan includes exercise then you’re more likely to see good end results.

Does it allow a variety of foods from all food groups?

Diets that don’t restrict food groups can make it easier to follow and to fit into your routine.

Does it recommend drinking water?

Yes! Read all about it here > 

Does it include a maintenance plan?

Anything that helps guide you through is a plus. Following a structure can keep you in check.

1. Cheats & Eats Lifestyle Programme

This diet is a simple way of putting food into two categories Eats and Cheats. You can eat an unlimited amount of Eats and a limited amount of Cheats. There’s also a great exercise plan to follow throughout the diet. We really like this one because it allows you to diet and eat the odd the biscuit! A plan that’s easy to follow, that has no calorie counting and fits into routine.

2. Paleo

This diet is based on the premise that if a caveman didn’t eat it then neither should you. You can eat anything that could be hunted or foraged in prehistoric times – things like meats, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional vegetables, and seeds. If you’re a pasta and cereal lover then this one probably isn’t for you. What’s great about this diet is that there’s no calorie counting involved and it promotes foods that we should all be eating more of.

3. Atkins

The Atkins Diet claims that you can lose weight eating as much protein and fat as you want, as long as you avoid foods high in carbs. This diet has often been seen as unhealthy due to its high saturated fat content. But new research suggests that saturated fat is harmless (1). The diet has been to lead to more weight loss than low-fat diets, and greater improvements in blood sugar, HDL (the "good" cholesterol), triglycerides and other health markers. Despite being high in fat, it does not raise LDL (the "bad") cholesterol on average, though this is not the case for all individuals.

4. Cambridge

The Cambridge Weight Plan is a low calorie or extremely low calorie diet plan. It’s made up of branded shakes, bars, soups, and porridge, which you can only get directly from a Cambridge Weight Plan consultant. This diet was developed by Dr Alan Howard at Cambridge University as a method of rapidly shedding weight. The British Dietetic Association often uses this diet for patients that are too obese to undergo surgery. Thought this diet is medically safe, it shouldn’t be used light heartedly due to its low calorie nature. It’s a good quick fix but if you’re looking something that’s longer term then it might be better to find something that helps you change tactics around food.

5. Military

The Military Diet, also known as the 3-day diet, claims that it can help you lose 10 pounds in one week. People are encouraged to follow a set low calorie meal plan. Though this diet steers you away from the high sugar and fat culprits, this is not something that should be done over a long period of time. It’s great if you’re a person of normal health looking for a quick fix temporary solution, but if you want something that’s more long term it’s best to look elsewhere.



Nothing beats a healthy, balanced diet to provide all the nutrients we need. But when this isn't possible, supplements can help. This article isn't intended to replace medical advice. Please consult your healthcare professional before trying supplements or herbal medicines.



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