Losing weight is difficult!
And when trying to lose weight, most people resort to diets.
- The Vegan diet
- The Paleo Diet
- Blood Type Diet
- Mediterranean Diet
And the list goes on and on
You pick up any diet plan and it would claim to be the best one that can help you lose weight quickly and forever. On the other hand, there are health experts that claim otherwise. They believe diet alone do not produce weight loss results and you have to make sure you exercise regularly to see the real weight loss. Yet there is another group that suggests to cut down on a particular food group such as carbohydrates and fats along with incorporating lifestyle changes.
The reality, however, is different. There is no one-weight-loss-program-that-fits-all. Since everyone is different, so are their bodies and metabolism. So weight loss does not depend on one factor instead it depends on a combination of factors including changes in eating habits, regular exercise, commitment to lose weight and a lot of time and patience. However, there are a few diets that are easiest to follow. They are not the ones that claim to lose most weight but they are definitely diets that can help you in transitioning into a leaner, healthier self.
This diet is inspired by the Mediterranean dietary habits and this simple and easy to follow diet brings some real health benefits. No wonder, people living in countries bordering with the Mediterranean Sea have far lower rate of cancers and various types of cardiovascular diseases compared to the people in the U.S.
The Mediterranean diet focuses on the consumption of a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. You can also enjoy white meat along with a lot of olives and olive oil, cheese, nuts, legumes, and red wine. However, there is no room for processed foods and red meat in this diet plan.
And the more you consume fresh fruits, vegetables and whole grains, the more health benefits you are likely to enjoy. While it helps in losing weight, Mediterranean diet also reduces the risk of numerous health conditions including diabetes, high blood pressure and obesity. The only (and potentially) difficult part of this dietary approach is that it can be expensive to maintain. While it only appears natural to use fresh fruits, olives, cheese and fish, these foods can be quite expensive.
Another easiest diet to stay on is 5:2 diet, which is one of the most popular dietary pattern in the U.K, Australia and parts of Europe. All you have to do is to eat normally on the first five days of the week (between 2,000 and 2,500 calories) and for the remaining two days, you have to fast. On the fasting days, you are only allowed to consume 500 calories (in case of women) and 600 calories (in case of men).
While fasting is only natural, this type of diet comes with numerous health benefits. You not only lose weight as a result of this diet but you can also have improved blood pressure and metabolism. And the best part is you can continue to eat a normal diet on most days of the week. The only problem with this diet is that you might experience reduced energy on fasting days. However if you fast over the weekend, this shouldn’t be much of a problem.
Another increasingly popular diet that is also one of the easiest to follow, is the flexitarian diet. Most vegetarians claim to lose weight using this diet. All you have to do is to increase the amount of plant based meals including lentils, legumes, nuts and seeds without completely avoiding meat. So you will have to be a vegetarian on most days of the week but you can occasionally have a beef burger of your choice.
And when you consume a lot of plant based proteins, you are bound to get some real health benefits and weight loss is just one of them. Apart from bringing health benefits, flexitarian diet is environmental sustainable and aids in reducing carbon footprints.
There is no diet that can claim to lose most weight but there are certainly a few diets that are easiest to follow. Using the list above, you can choose a diet that you can easily follow and weight loss will surely be a by-product. So bring some changes in your dietary habits and see yourself transitioning in a leaner and more healthy individual.