Try to lose weight is hard, especially if you don't know how to go about dieting and exercising. Thankfully, there are programs out there that are suited for you and your dieting needs and weight loss goals (including a community to help you). This is the top five best dieting programs of 2012.
If you're looking for a great diet program that works for you, you've come to the right place. This is a top 5 list of best Weight loss/Dieting programs based on overall popularity, price, customer reviews, and program features.
5. Ornish Diet
The Ornish Diet is a diet focused on heart health, whole foods, and reversing heart disease. While most dieters aren't looking to bettering heart health, a healthy heart does lead to weight loss. When your heart is healthy, you will be able to pump blood more throughout your whole system. Breathing and oxygen intake will increase, and overall metabolism will skyrocket. When you have a high metabolism, you will naturally burn more calories. And thus, weight loss.
Because the Ornish Diet relies on whole, all-natural foods, it can be pricey for some individuals. The Diet book (The Spectrum) costs only $27, but when combined with the daily consumption of fish and low-fat-everythings, your wallet can start to feel a little lighter.
But the effect is definitely worth the price (if not twice or thrice the amount).
4. TLC Diet
If there's any diet out there that is anti-cholesterol, the TLC Diet is it. While Cholesterol in itself isn't bad (it's actually the most important lipid in the whole body; it's needed to build up cell membranes and more), eating it in excess can heavily tax your heart, especially if that cholesterol is primarily from processed, saturated fats.
While the TLC Diet, like the Ornish Diet, doesn't focus on weight loss, it is a great program to participate in. You will lower your overall cholesterol consumption and calorie consumption, leading to better weight loss (when combined with exercise). In addition, you will feel better overall, and who doesn't want that?
The only downside is that the person has to know how to read a nutrition label. If you can calculate for yourself and not go past a certain percentage of cholesterol intake (the percentage is dependent on the individual), you'll find this diet quite successful.
Did I mention it's one of the few diets that are government endorsed?
3. DASH Diet
The DASH Diet aim is to reduce blood pressure, and thus reduce the length of your waistline. They insist on eating more whole foods like vegetables and meats, while shunning foods that "we all have learned to love", including foods high in calories and fat, and red meat. Me being a steak lover, I don't think I'd be able to handle this diet for too long, but if you can shun steak then this diet is all for you.
Also, unlike a lot of diets, the DASH Diet is nutritionally sound, meaning it fulfills all the daily nutrition your body needs to survive everyday. Because of this, you'll feel better overall on this diet, and your appearance will also improve (a glowing skin instead of a dry, abrasive one, for example).
The best part? They have a FREE Guide. You can check it out here: Lowering Your Blood Pressure With Dash.
2. Weight Watchers
Oh goodness. The commercials! The Weight Watchers program is advertised everywhere, isn't it? Fortunately, their mass exposure is all for valid reasons.
Unlike other diet programs, Weight Watchers upholds a no-food-off-limits rule, meaning you can seriously eat what you want while on this diet. This can be good for some individuals (for those that don't want to feel like they are imprisoning their tongues to the madness of vegetables), but if you have no self-restraint this rule can be counterproductive.
In addition, Weight Watchers is one of the priciest dieting programs out there. Their products are quite pricey (especially the shakes), but are only complimentary to the program. You do not need to consume a Weight Watchers Milk Shake to get the same results as a regular one.
They also claim you'll drop 2 pounds a week. So, hey, why not?
1. Biggest Loser Diet
This diet is my personal favorite, and for good reason. Apart from the heartwarming and inspiring TV show that keeps me fighting for my weight loss goals, their program is extremely nutritious and rewarding. You'll lose more weight with this program if you follow it than with most other programs. And, like Weight Watchers, they uphold the no-food-off-limits rule, so you can enjoy the foods you like.
It's also ideal for those on a budget. No membership fee, and you can negotiate with your wallet if vegetables are too expensive for you (there are alternatives). The guide, 6 weeks to a Healthier You, is also only $22 dollars.
So what are you waiting for? Make a difference in your life and try out of these diets. Don't forget to also to drink a lot of water, and to employ healthy eating habits.