One of the most common self-improvement resolutions that people make is to lose weight. Countless times, we find ourselves scouring food and nutrition articles, reading tips on how to stay healthy and looking for healthy recipes for weight loss. Unfortunately, more times than not, we fail. It could be due to a lack of willpower, impatience, stress or just lack of a diet plan. So, first things first! Before you start writing down healthy recipes for weight loss, let’s take a look at some of the most efficient, nutritionist approved diet plans.
1. Zone diet
Unlike many of the modern fad diets common in food and nutrition articles, the Zone diet was actually developed by a scientist, biochemist Barry Sears. Like so many popular diets, it falls into the group of low-carb diets. However, unlike many of the more extreme versions, it proposes eating carbs, but in a controlled ratio compared to protein and other nutrients. Of course, when choosing which carbs to eat, the Zone diet proposes consulting the glycemic index of foods. Including at least some carb-rich foods makes it much easier to find tasty and healthy recipes for weight loss. The guidelines recommend eating five small meals a day, to prevent overeating. The Zone diet is great for reducing inflammation in the body.
2. Atkins diet
Many people looking for tips on how to stay healthy turn to the Atkins diet, as it is one of the most popular low-carb diets nowadays. It is a great way to lose those extra pounds, because it’s still based on delicious meals, although carbs are out of the picture. It focuses on protein from fish, meat, dairy and eggs, complemented by high-fiber vegetables. Although lean meat is recommended, you are allowed to treat yourself to bacon or fatty fish like salmon.
3. The 1200 calories diet
Unlike many other diet plans that focus on restrictions based on the type of food, this program focuses on calorie count instead. Normally, we maintain the same weight with a daily calorie count of 2000 for women and 2500 for men. By purposefully creating a calorie deficit, you will be forcing your body to burn fat stores for energy. Of course, it goes without saying that those 1200 calories should optimally come from a wholesome, balanced diet based on fresh ingredients. Try to avoid processed foods as much as possible.
4. Chrono diet
While to some extent, it falls under the umbrella of restriction diets (you just can’t win if you’re a carb-lover), the Chrono Nutrition diet places just as much emphasis on when you eat, and not just what you eat. The proponents of this program propose that breakfast should be the biggest and richest meal of the day, lunch should still be filling, and dinner is the lightest meal. You are allowed a small afternoon snack as well. The great thing about Chrono is that you’re never hungry.
5. Vegetarian diet
Less extreme than veganism, yet still both ethical and healthy, vegetarianism is an excellent solution for many people fighting both health issues and the need for weight loss. Some vegetarians struggle at first to consume enough protein and iron – since these are both commonly found in meat. However, with a bit of research, it’s easy to find effective alternatives. For instance, leafy greens are an amazing source of iron, while dairy, eggs, and legumes provide an adequate amount of proteins. Check out our High Protein Vegan Salads recipe book, which by the way is not strictly for vegans! Everybody can benefit from adding more plant based meals to the diet.
It’s important to remember that not every diet produces the same results for everyone. It’s a matter of personal preferences, convenience, and the way your metabolism works. That’s why one of the most vital steps in dieting comes before you even start: choosing the right diet plan for you.