The Only Two Diets You Will Ever Need!
Do you want to stop the vicious cycle of yo-yo dieting? Are you ready for your LAST. DIET. EVER.?! Good! Dieting is a miserable process. It’s high time to finally reach your goal weight and get off the diet train. Whether you get to the finish line with one last diet, or you approach the dieting process in a completely different way — a way that isn’t miserable, I’ve got you covered.
I’ve personally tried a variety of diets, from Weight Watchers to South Beach, from the Mediterranean Diet to the Fast Metabolism Diet, and more. I’ve been around the block with diets long enough. I KNOW what I’m talking about and I’ve spent enough time with a variety of different types of diets to have separated what works and what’s healthy from what’s not. So, I’m not going to waste your time, and you shouldn’t waste your time either.
The only two diets you need to follow to lose weight are Weight Watchers and the Fast Metabolism Diet. Why these two? I’ll explain.
So, follow along and determine which diet is best for you. Then get to it! Reach your weight loss goal and move on with your life! Share you success here by promoting or sharing this article! It’s good to pass along helpful advice ☺
Of course, I’m not a medical professional. These are my opinions. Confer with your doctor before making changes to your diet.
#1 Weight Watchers
Weight Watchers has designed their program to offer support and accountability, a realistic process (eat anything you want), and a healthy relationship with food and the scale. If you want a simple way of keeping track of your daily caloric intake this may be it. It doesn’t focus on calories, it gives you support and accountability, and it focuses on a healthy lifestyle and self-love.
Why Choose This Diet?
Unlike other diets that are incredibly focused on the scale, the Weight Watchers diet promotes a healthy lifestyle and a positive relationship with food. To be frank, achieving and maintaining a healthy weight has more to do with developing a healthy relationship with food and your body than it does with the plan you follow. If you get down to the major factors behind dieting results, success boils down to self-discipline, realistic goals, attainable processes, and healthy outlooks in regard to food and body image.
- Focuses on developing a healthy relationship with food (get away from fixating on the scale)
- Uses an easy to implement and follow counting system (you’re not counting calories)
- Enables you to develop an intuitive sense for the healthfulness of food
- Offers support in the forms of meetings (online and in-person)
- Eat as many fruits and vegetables as you want
- Transitions you away from eating foods high in calories, saturated fat, and sugar
- People who don’t want to appear like they are on a diet can follow it with ease
- Still counting something each day
- Technically, you could eat a lot of junk food
How Does Weight Watchers Work?
Each food is assigned a number based on how many calories it has compared to its sugar, saturated fat, and protein content. The healthier the food, the lower the point value. These points are called SmartPoints. Based on your age, gender, weight, and weight loss goals you are assigned a number of SmartPoints to eat each day.
You can eat anything you want as long as you don’t go over the number you were assigned. You have daily SmartPoints and weekly SmartPoints. These points don’t roll over, so you are encouraged to eat them all. Remember, being too restrictive doesn’t bode well for success in the weight loss world. In some cases, it can lead to weight gain. The SmartPoints targets adjust themselves as you get closer to your goal.
Here are some examples of foods and their point values:
- Egg = 2
- Apple = 0
- Pasta with marinara sauce and meatballs = 8
Weight Watchers gives you materials that have lists of common foods and their point values. There’s also a simple way, which Weight Watchers explains, to determine point values of foods that aren’t already given to you.
My Personal Experience with Weight Watchers
I tried Weight Watchers when they used points but didn’t focus on being human, learning to love your body, and developing a positive relationship with food. I had great success. I lost 20 pounds (my goal was 15lbs), losing an average of about 1.75lbs a week. Occasionally, I blew a day or two, and it didn’t have too much effect on my overall progress.
I exercised regularly, but it wasn’t heavy cardio. I was able to develop a system wherein I allotted a certain number of points for breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and dessert. Eventually, that system led to even more planning. I would write what I was having for the next day each night on an index card and leave it on the counter. Overall, it worked for me, and I can’t complain. You can find one of my favorite meals here.
For Whom Is Weight Watchers Best?
People who want or need support, who want to count something (but not calories), and who want to emphasize a healthy relationship with food and their bodies. It’s great for people who need to learn how to chillax (chill and relax) if they blow their diet. Weight Watchers stresses not being perfect. They just want you to get back on the horse every time you fall off. Over time, you’ll fall off less, especially with their support systems.
You can buy what you and your family like, so in many ways the cost is customizable. There is a fee to attend meetings and that fee varies according to the area in which you live. But remember, a friend or family member can take the place of a costly support group.
#2 Fast Metabolism Diet
This diet is often a last stop for people who have already tried tons of different diets with little success due to medical conditions like hypothyroidism.
Why Choose The Fast Metabolism Diet?
This diet breaks through the plateaus that result from constant dieting, prolonged caloric restriction, and medical conditions like hypothyroidism. It also boosts your metabolism and teaches you how to keep it nice and high, which is awesome if you’ve struggled to lose weight due to medical conditions that slow your metabolism.
- Minimal exercise (in fact, you’re only “allowed” to exercise 2 days each week)
- Lose 10–20 pounds in one month
- Enjoy lots of healthy fats each week
- Enjoy steak and meat
- Even if you haven’t lost weight on other diets, this one finds a way to work, like really work
- It revs up your metabolism and keeps it burning!!!
- Very specific food plan with little room for deviation
- No alcohol or coffee allowed
- Restricts you to very specific food choices
- Is hard for vegetarians and vegans to follow
How Does The Fast Metabolism Diet Work?
This diet works in 4-week cycles. You must follow the plan exactly for the first month to reboot your metabolism. You may find it takes a few weeks to work, BUT STICK WITH IT! If you have been on lots of diets or restricted your calories, your body has to restart and it may take a few weeks.
Each week is broken into 3 phases. Phase 1 lets you enjoy carbs and natural sugars, mainly fruits. Phase 2 is focused on protein (real meats) and green veggies. Phase 3 loads up on healthy fats. The cyclical alteration of nutrients has a lot to do with the rebooting of the metabolism and weight loss.
The author of this diet has spent a great deal of time studying how to feed the body to produce desirable results. You repeat the 4-week cycle until you reach your goal. Once you reach your goal, there are a variety of options to maintain the weight, including repeating the phases for 1 week out of each month, eating as you do in Phase 3 all the time, and more.
My Personal Experience with The Fast Metabolism Diet
I tried this diet when I was truly sick of dieting and wasn’t willing to try another. It was the last diet I tried at the end of a 10 year period of trying different diets. I lost about 15 pounds in one month. I did not lose weight every week. Some weeks I maintained. Some days I gained. But, overall I lost. It is key to stick with this diet and not fixate on the scale. I didn’t even weigh myself until the 2nd week when I could feel I was losing weight.
Overall, I met my goal, but I found this diet too restrictive and expensive to maintain for more than one month. I do know people who have tried it. One of them has hypothyroidism. They were able to take a smaller dosage of their medication because the diet had revved up their metabolism so well. They lost about 20 pounds in one month.
As a side note, I did not give up coffee and I occasionally drank a glass of wine.
For Whom Is The Fast Metabolism Diet Best?
People who have a lot of willpower and self-discipline. Those who have enough motivation to maintain the 4-week cycle for more than one month will do well because it does begin to feel restrictive. Those with medical conditions that make it difficult to lose weight should seriously consider this diet. Those who want to lose the weight and be done with dieting for good are other good candidates for this weight loss approach.
Expensive and some products can only be found at health food stores like Whole Foods or Fresh Market.
Weight Watchers vs. Fast Metabolism Diet
When it boils down to it, the largest differences between these diets center on planning and restrictiveness. If you want a diet that will end your weight loss journey for good, either of these will accomplish that goal. So, let’s take a look at how these diets differ so that you can decide which is right for you.
Planning (A Moderate Amount)
- Requires you to memorize and calculate point values
- Points need to be spread throughout the day to ensure balanced eating
- No foods are off limits
- When you eat out, you will be able to find something that works for your diet
Fast Metabolism Diet
Planning (Intense Planning Required)
- Must make specific lists for the grocery store
- There is little room for error
- Unless you’re a planning guru, you’ll make frequent trips to the market
- Meals focus on totally different foods multiple times a week, so prepare to spend more hours menu planning
- You need to eat every 2–4 hours, so you must carry snacks with you
- Several foods are off limits (e.g., caffeine, alcohol, sugar)
- Restaurants may not serve meals that work with this diet, prepare to make special requests
- At times you may feel too restricted and be tempted to quit
So Which Diet Should I Choose?
The answer depends on which seems better suited to your needs and abilities. I will say that the Fast Metabolism Diet is known for its ability to work “miracles” for those with medical conditions that make it difficult to lose weight.
Ready to Learn More?
By now you probably have a gut feeling about which diet will work better for you. Trust your gut and explore that option in more depth. However, if you are a ravenous connoisseur of dieting information and you are ready to learn more, here are your next steps.
Step 1. Buy The Book & Read The Website
Buy the book Fast Metabolism Diet. It’s a hardcover book. Costing only $15 right now (regularly $26), the book is a quick read and it will explain the entire diet in more detail. While you’re waiting for the book to arrive, read the Weight Watchers website thoroughly.
Step 2. Begin Your Pinterest Research
Start to research meal ideas on Pinterest. A simple Pinterest search for “weight watchers meal ideas” and “fast metabolism diet” yield hundreds of recipes and hacks. Make a board for each diet and save pins accordingly. This way, once you’ve read the Fast Metabolism Diet book and researched the Weight Watchers website, you’re ready with meal ideas when you choose one of these diets.
Choose & Start
Either of these diets will work. So, you need to decide which best suits your needs, strengths and preferences. Once you decide, stick to it. REACH. THAT. GOAL. Maintaining weight is much easier than losing it. And wearing flattering clothes that you love is worth the months spent dieting.
Good luck! You can do it!