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Six Most Common Diet Plans

By Valerie Mellema

Dieting has been around for decades and each year there is a new diet that is designed to help you lose weight quick by simply following their rules or meal plans. When it comes to weight loss, there's a ton of advice to be found and doctors including Angelo Cuzalina suggest researching to make sure you are making the right choices for you. However, if you break all of these diets down into their key components, they are all really just one of the six most common diet plans.

Low Fat Diets

When you cut down on foods with high-fat content, you are actually cutting calories as well. The result is that you lose weight. However, these diets don't always work and there's a reason for this. Even a low-fat diet can cause you to maintain your current weight or even gain weight because you're not burning calories as well. Even when people are on a low-fat diet, they forget about the calories they are consuming. When you eat a lot of high low-fat foods, you're still eating a lot of calories. Too many calories from low-fat foods lead to weight gain as well. So, in order for these diets to work, you have to watch your calorie intake as well.

Low Carb Diets

There are several different low-carb diets circulating these days. These plans say that if you decrease the amount of carbohydrates that you eat, you have lower insulin levels and your body turns to the fat in your body for energy. Some people are able to lose weight on these diets, but it's not because of low insulin levels. It's more likely that these people are not consuming huge numbers of calories, no matter what type of food they have been consuming.

A low carb diet doesn't appear to be any easier to maintain than a low-fat or low-calorie diet. In fact, people who drop out of these diets because it's hard to consistently avoid carbohydrates.

Glycemic Index Diets

These diets rank carbohydrate-containing foods based on their blood sugar effects. These diets follow a similar theory to that of low carb diets. These diets claim that if you eat foods with a low Glycemic index, then you are able to lose weight. Many factors other than what you eat effect your blood sugar, such as your weight, age, portion sizes and type of food preparation. These diets can also be hard to maintain due to this fact.

Meal Replacement Diets

Slim-Fast is the best example of a meal replacement diet. Instead of eating regular food for two meals, you drink a 400-calorie shake that is nutritionally complete. For your third meal, you eat a regular meal of 600-700 calories. If you don't mind the taste of the shake, these diets can be easy to follow and are as effective as your typical calorie controlled diet.

Prepackaged Meal Plans

These plans provide you with ready-made meals. These diets are those such as NutriSystem or Jenny Craig. These meals are either shipped directly to your home or you purchase them at the grocery store. These are easy to follow if you don't mind the expense of shipping meals to your home. They are also good for those who do not have a lot of time for meal preparation.

Group Systems

If you need support from others in your dieting, then these diet plans may assist you. These are groups such as Weight Watchers that assist you by providing you moral support as well as provide you with meal plans and exercise recommendations. These meet weekly, although they may also be online, and you participate in regular weigh-ins and group meetings.