Diet plans have come out as a really profitable business these days. Everyone is in a rat race to get a perfectly toned body without much effort or time. You want it and you want it now! And when the effects of exercise routines and lifestyle changes take longer than your patience allows, the diet plans come into play.
The Internet is flooded with tons of diet plans. With so many certified dieticians and health specialists sharing their wisdom online, you really don’t need to spend thousands on Dietician appointments. But are all of them equally effective? Of course not.
Most of these diet charts are self-inventive that may not impact you as they impacted the writer. However, this doesn’t mean that none of them is genuine. You can find some of the most tested and approved diet plans, testified by celebrities and sportspersons.
So here is a list of the most popular and effective diet charts that deliver what they promise:
All those who idealize the perfect Kim Kardashian body must have heard about this diet. This diet plan helped her lose a lot of weight. The idea is to culminate all carbohydrate and sugar rich foods and focus on high amounts of fat and protein.
When the carbs are driven out, your body is able to absorb the fat quickly and more effectively. Many scientific have proven that low carbs initiate weight loss in the body beside having many other health benefits.
It is basically a 4 Phase plan.
Phase 1 is the Induction. You are allowed to have less than 20 carbs a day for 2 weeks. Foods that are high on protein but low on carbs are included, like leafy greens.
Phase 2 is for Balancing. You can eventually add nuts, a few low-sugar fruits and low-carb veggies into it.
Phase 3 is for Fine Tuning. When you feel you are about to reach your goal-weight, slowly start adding a little more carbs until the weight loss slows down. Remember not to haste.
Phase 4 is for Maintenance. Now is the time to start eating as many carbs as your body can possibly digest without increasing weight.
The foods to be avoided include cold drinks and fruit juices, cakes and candies, grains and vegetable oils, high-carb fruits and veggies like carrots, oranges, banana, apple, pear and grapes, potato and legumes.
This one is a fad diet that has shown to work wonders on many Hollywood celebrities. It claims to shed up to 10 pounds in just a week’s time. In the beginning when this diet plan came into proposition, you are supposed to have only Cabbage soup for the whole week. But there have been a few adjustments here and there to make it more practical.
Cabbage contains a high amount of fibre. So the soup acts as a natural cleanser. Here goes the Cabbage Soup recipe:
First, sauté the onions in olive oil. Next, add juice, hot sauce and tomatoes. Cook until the veggies are tender. Then add shredded cabbage to it and cook for another 10 minutes.
Cabbage is added in the end, so some of its natural qualities are preserved. Some of the variations added to this are:
One Day 1, you can have fruits of your choice, except for Bananas.
Day 2 brings in raw and steamed vegetables. Focus on leafy greens while keeping away peas, beans and corn.
On Day 3, you can combine both the previous days, i.e. fruits and veggies.
Day 4 finally allows you to have bananas. Have as many as you want, as that is the only addition.
Day 5 is the Protein and Tomato Day. Chicken or beef for protein and about 5 tomatoes throughout the day are allowed. Water is the most essential today, to remove all the toxins from the body.
Day 6 gives a combination of protein and vegetables.
On day 7, you can have unsweetened fruit juices, brown rice and vegetables.
The Grapefruit Diet
It’s been there since 1930 but gained momentum only after Brooke Shields and Kylie Minogue gave it a shot. Grapefruit has these amazing fat-burning enzymes that work wonders if you are trying to lose weight. It is a 12 day meal plan that can be reapplied after a break of 2 days in between.
Your menu for the 12 days includes:
Breakfast: you can have ½ a grapefruit or 4 oz. of unsweetened grapefruit juice along with 2 eggs and 2 slices of bacon.
Lunch: you can have ½ a grapefruit or 4 oz. of unsweetened grapefruit juice along with unlimited meat and salad.
Dinner: you can have ½ a grapefruit or 4 oz. of unsweetened grapefruit juice along with unlimited meat and butter-cooked vegetables.
Besides, you can have a glass of unsweetened tomato juice for your before-bedtime snack. White onions, potatoes and celery are a big no-no here.
This diet plan comes with its own shares of critics. Nevertheless, not every diet plan works equally on everybody.
Dr. Joel Furhman’s 7 Day Crash Diet
Dr. Oz introduced a diet that promises to keep you on fast track in the weight loss fight. The idea is to focus on nutritious fruits and vegetables that contain ample amount of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phyto-chemicals.
It functions on the 90/10 principle where you are allowed to have 90% of the nutrition-dense foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains, and 10% of fattening foods like oils, meat and dairy products.
This diet plan is the opposite of other starvation diets. Here, you can eat whenever and however you want. Also, eating heavy proteins like eggs in breakfast may have been suggested in other diet plans. But the same rule doesn’t apply here.
Instead, light proteins like flaxseeds, oats and fruits are recommended. As for calcium, preference is given to oranges over yogurt, due to lesser calories and fat.
3 Day Diet
Also known as Military Diet Plan, this diet chart has been rolling on the web without any author or source. Still, it is synonymous to a miracle for many people. The concept includes calorie-limited consumption. However, you aren’t supposed to starve yourselves off.
On Day 1, your menu includes:
Breakfast: you are allowed to eat 1 cup of tea or coffee with caffeine, 1 slice of toast and ½ a Grapefruit.
Lunch: you can have 1 cup of tea or coffee with caffeine, 1 slice of toast and1/2 cup of Tuna
Dinner: You can fill yourself with 3 oz. of meat, 1 small apple, 1 cup Green Beans, ½ banana and 1 cup vanilla ice cream.
Day 2 offers:
Breakfast: start your day with 1 egg, ½ a banana and 1 slice of toast.
Lunch: have 1 hardboiled egg, 1 cup cottage cheese and 5 crackers for lunch
Dinner: in the night, you can eat 2 hot dogs, 1 cup broccoli, ½ a cup of carrots, ½ a banana and ½ cup of vanilla ice cream.
Day 3 offers you:
Breakfast: you can go for 1 apple, 1 slice of cheddar cheese and 5 saltine crackers.
Lunch: in the lunch, you are allowed to have 1 slice of bread and 1 egg cooked by your choice.
Dinner: fill in ½ a banana, 1 cup of Tuna and 1 cup of vanilla ice cream.
The diet plan is called the 3 day diet plan for a reason. It is highly recommended that you do not practice it for more than 3 days. This is because in the pursuit of weight loss, your calorie content falls off drastically.
The Flat Belly Diet
This diet plan claims to help you shed almost 15 pounds in a matter of 32 days, while losing the belly fat permanently. You have to eat Mono-unsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFA) in every intake so as to cut the belly fat to black, increase satiety and prevent overeating.
Foods included in the MUFA list are avocados, olives, nuts, dark chocolate, flaxseeds, soy beans, olive oil and sunflower oil.
This diet is divided into 2 parts- A Four Day Anti-bloat Jumpstart Period and A Four Week Eating Plan. The former allows you 1200 calories a day with zero salt cabbage, legumes and onions. Plus no coffee, tea, carbonated drinks or juices are allowed.
Well, that’s one ‘heavy’ list. Remember to stick religiously to whatever diet plan you pick. Don’t try to customize it if you know nothing about calorie contents in foods. Also, add plenty of water to every list. That’s the only unrestricted and healthy beverage you can add.
What are your thoughts on these diets?