Fad diets are the fastest way for losing weight. It involves eliminating the necessary food, eliminating the entire food group or avoiding certain food at a specific time from the diet. It includes low carb, high protein and low-fat diets. Fad diets are short term solutions and works only till the time you follow them. It makes you feel it is the best kind of diet but once you stop following it, you start regaining the weight quicker than you lost it.
The Mediterranean Diet for Heart Healthy Fats
This diet includes seafood, nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables, whole grains, olive oil and wine but in moderation. This diet contains unsaturated fats and Omega-3 fatty acids. When you combine this diet with exercise and follow it for 6 months, you will see excellent results of reduced weight gain. It helps to lower the cholesterol level and reduce the risk of heart attack, breast cancer and some mental conditions like Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.
Flexitarian or Semi-Vegetarian Diet for losing weight
This diet adds a small quantity of meat, poultry or fish in the diet. This approach is perfect for meat lovers who are looking forward to burning calories in a balanced approach. It is beneficial to reduce rather than eliminate the amount of meat you consume. It has no specific rules or recommended number of calories. It is like a lifestyle than a diet. This diet also helped in lowering blood pressure and reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
South Beach Diet for controlling hunger
This diet emphasis on controlling hunger by eating before you feel hungry. It cuts the “hunger-overeat-gain-weight” cycle by eliminating bad carbs and including proteins, low-fat dairy and good carbs.
It includes 3 phases. The Phase 1 lasts for 14 days and is the strictest phase where you consume 3 meals daily which includes high protein diet with non-starchy vegetables, small quantity of healthy fats and legumes. Phase 2 lasts for 15 days which includes all the food items of first phase with addition of limited portion of fruit and good carbs and Phase 3 is the maintenance phase which is lenient as it allows cheat days while maintaining weight. If you start putting on weight, you should return to phase 1 for 1 – 2 weeks before going to phase 3. It helps to lose weight and belly fat.
Zone Diet for balancing Proteins and Carbs
This diet includes changing the balance of food you consume to lose weight, kick-start the metabolism and avoid health conditions like heart disease and diabetes. This diet has 30-30-40 breakdown rule to control hunger and insulin levels. It includes getting 30 % of calories from protein, 30% from fats and 40% from carbohydrates. It encourages the idea of eating 5 smaller meals throughout the day.
Paleo Diet for maintaining healthy weight
This diet eliminated consuming processed foods like bread and sugar, dairy, grains and legumes. It restricts vegetable consumption to 15% or lower and encourages 35-45% of diet to be made of non-starchy vegetables. It also helps in improving glucose tolerance, improves blood pressure control, lower triglycerides and better appetite management.
Ketogenic Diet for a steady supply of energy
This diet makes your body triggers ketosis which is a state where body burns fats as there is no sugar fuel to burn which leads to losing weight. It is a low-carb and high-fat diet plan. This diet helps you to stay focused and attentive. In this diet, you should avoid carb food that contains high sugar content and starch like bread, pasta, rice and potatoes. It helps in controlling appetite and blood sugar, reverses type 2 diabetes, increases physical endurance and helps to get a calmer stomach which has less gas, less cramps and pain.
Cabbage Soup Diet for losing water weight
This is one of the most popular fad diet as it is quick and doesn’t involve much effort. It only involves making one soup. It is a seven-day diet where you eat nothing but homemade cabbage soup for every meal and one food exception every day. On day one you are allowed a fruit and on day five you are allowed a small portion of beef. After finishing the seven-day diet you need to wait at least 2 weeks before you start again. This diet helps to lose water weight which is gained back quickly once you stop the diet and start eating normally.