Just for Moms: 8 Diets for the New Year
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Diet: The Zone
How to follow: A ratio of 40:30:30 for carbohydrates, protein, and fats respectively-this encourages your body to operate at a peak metabolic rate. Eating foods in this ratio combined with physical activity is best.
Calories per day: No calorie counting. Think protein the size of your palm and fill the rest of your plate with "favorable" carbs like veggies, fruits, beans, and whole grains, and a small amount of "unfavorable" carbs like brown rice, pastas, and bread.
Suggested results: Lose weight and control hunger pangs.
Good for you if: You like to cook and really enjoy veggies. Great for vegetarians!
How to follow: Eat the meals and get some exercise, but be sure to get on the right system for you. Four categories for men and women include Basic, Silver (older individuals), Diabetic, and Vegetarian and provide portion-controlled meals for all meals and snacks. Meals are mailed to you and should be supplemented with fresh fruits, veggies, and dairy from a grocery.
Calories per day: Calculated according to your age, height, weight, gender, and lifestyle.
Suggested results: Loss of about two pounds per week will average.
Good for you if: You're often on the run-many meals are made to be able to travel with you. Every meal is taken care of when you order food online and you can tailor the menu to fit your specific needs.
How to follow: The Atkins diet is focused on restricting the consumption of bad carbohydrates in four different phases. The first stage, lasting two weeks, restricts the intake of legumes and other starches while allowing a generous ingestion of protein in the form of meat, poultry, fish, eggs and other low fat daily items. Alcohol is verboten.
Calories per day: Based on personal figures, a 500-750 caloric reduction is suggested.
Suggested results: A loss of five to 10 pounds in the first few weeks is not uncommon.
Good for you if: You love meat or want to lose a significant amount of weight in a short amount of time and plan on changing your lifestyle.
Diet: Take Shape for Life
How to follow: The Take Shape for Life diet involves eating five Medifast meals and one "Lean and Green" meal every day. The Medifast meals are quick and offer a number of flavors so you don't get bored. Working with a Health Advisor Coach, the system can help schedule a time frame for the amount of weight loss desired. The "5 & 1 Plan" calls for five nutritionally balanced Medifast meals and one meal that includes a single serving of lean protein and three servings of low starch vegetables or a salad (think one to two cups of lettuce with ¼ cup of toppings and one to two tablespoons of low fat dressing) every day.
Calories per day: 800-1000 calories per day as allotted and supervised by a doctor.
Suggested results: Weight loss averages about two to five pounds per week.
Good for you if: You are willing to say good-bye to carbs and alcohol-but only for a little while! This diet is only to be entered into under close supervision of a health care professional.