Talk about being spoiled for choice! There’s no shortage of diets out there for you to choose from, each promising to be the one to help you finally lose weight and get in shape. The problem is separating the winners from the losers. Pretty much any diet scheme that restricts your calorie intake for long enough will make you lose weight. This doesn’t mean these ‘quick-fix’ approaches are healthy or sustainable, though. To achieve lasting results, the right diet plan should be flexible and consider and meet your individual needs. Here are our pick of the top 5 diets for women which meet this criteria and actually work. Choose the one that best fits you.
Despite some negative press, the Paleo diet is a good choice for women looking to lose weight. Thanks to it’s embargo on processed foods, grains/legumes and dairy, the Paleo diet focuses on natural foods high in protein, healthy fats and vegetable sources of carbohydrate. The Paleo diet is typically used in conjunction with Crossfit which makes it a good option for women looking to not only lose fat, but build strength, lean muscle and combat aging.
RAW FOOD DIET
As the name suggests, this diet plan focuses on raw foods. This means anything that’s been cooked, microwaved, processed, genetically modified or exposed to pesticides is off the menu. Naturally, this limits a large amount of food which can raise issues of practicality.
However, following this eating style has shown significant health benefits and is inherently low-calorie. This would be a good approach for women who are health conscious and wish to prolong longevity.
Perhaps the best known diet for women. The key to the success of weight watchers is it’s pro-point system. Every approved weight watchers food is assigned a points value based on it’s macro-nutrient profile – protein, carbs and fat. The lower the number, the more filling the food. Weight watchers is a good all-round diet which can help make healthy food choices easier by negating the need to examine food labels.
Similar to weight watchers, this well-known diet provides ready-made, calorie/portion-controlled meal packages based on your individual caloric requirements and physical activity levels. This would be an excellent option for busy working women and moms who don’t have time to cook and prepare healthy meals.
THE GRAPEFRUIT DIET
What working diet list would be complete without a mention to the grapefruit diet. This diet has been popularly touted as a quick and easy way to lose weight and detox the body. Despite it not being a sustainable long-term approach, it can be an effective way to jump-start weight loss and healthy eating thanks to it’s low calorie content and it’s ability to aid digestion and inflammation.