Get to Know these Four Diets that Work

Losing weight is always a matter of doing regular exercises and picking the right diet program. It also involves commitment to keep the body fit and healthy all the time. However, some people find it difficult to diet.

Omitting one’s favorite food and consuming only certain fruits, vegetables and protein can be challenging; that is why, health experts have created several diets that work for each individual.

No matter what type of body you have at the moment or the type of lifestyle you follow, you can receive proper nourishment with these diets that work.

Mediterranean Diet

The U.S. News and World Report includes Mediterranean Diet as one of the healthy diets that work. This showcases the traditional foods that Italians and Greeks used to eat in 1960. Researches even noted that individuals following a Mediterranean diet style are healthier and at less risk of stroke, heart attacks, diabetes and pre-mature death.

Foods to eat are fresh vegetables and fruits, whole grains, salmon, herbs, olive oil and nuts. Poultry and milk products should be eaten in moderation, and processed, refined and sweetened foods should not be included.

DASH Diet

DASH diet means Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension, and it is developed with the help of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The Department of Health and Human Services and the American Heart Association recommend this kind of diet to lessen the risks of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

Individuals who are into a DASH Diet program should eat more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean meat, than sugary, salty and fatty foods.

TLC Diet

Among the diets that work for young and old people alike is the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet. This has been developed by the National Institutes of Health and endorsed by the American Heart Association to promote a healthy heart and reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases.

The aim of the TLC diet is to cut the dietary cholesterol intake and consume more fiber to manage the cholesterol levels over time. Red meat is discouraged in this kind of diet because of its high saturated fat content, but chicken, turkey and fish are allowed except that it should be skinless.

Four servings of fruits should be consumed every day, along with three to five servings of vegetables. Do not include also the whole milk dairy products and anything fried foods to achieve the desired cholesterol levels.

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers is one of the diets that work for individuals wishing to shed off some fats but cannot sacrifice some of the foods he/she likes to eat. The diet program follows a balanced consumption of protein, carbohydrates and fats, thus, adjustment is not difficult to do. Every kind of food has a point value assigned to it.

These points will let one know the protein, carbohydrate, fiber and fat content, which also allows the person to be aware on how hard his/her body should burn the extra calories. Consumption of fruits and vegetables is not limited, but candies, chips and chocolates should be lessened.


Originally published at www.healthyourway.org on August 13, 2015.