These are 10 of the most popular diets for men to lose weight, the details for each one will be discussed in future articles.
The DASH Diet. Is a fairly new and little known diet plan, being designed in order to lower blood pressure, but it also helps people lose weight. It involves many fruit, vegetables, nuts, proteins and low levels of salt and sugar, being recommended for people with hypertension or prehypertension.
The TLC Diet. TLC is a Therapeutic Lifestyle Change diet meant for the amount of saturated fats that enter our bodies. It involves low-fat foods and limits the consumption of meat and whole milk products, being excellent for people with high levels of cholesterol.
The Mayo Clinic Diet. This is a two-step diet, the first phase is called “Lose it!” while the second is “Live it!”. During the first two weeks of the diet, or the “Lose it!” step are spent doing daily exercise thus developing a health habit. The second phase is spent on learning about healthy foods, portion sizes control and planning a proper menu for your weight and nutritional type. This diet is for people who want to change their lives, making healthier life choices.
The Mediterranean Diet. We have discussed about this diet in another entry. It involves the Mediterranean healthy eating based on fruits, nuts, olive oil, low-fat dairy products, beans, sea food and whole grains. This diet in particular is designed for people who desire to lose weight as well as being highly recommended for people who run the risk of developing diabetes.
Weight Watchers. One of the best known diets in the weight loss industry is exclusively designed for people to lose weight which functions on a point system. Foods are attributed values which must not exceed a daily total, but at the same time being flexible.
The Pritikin diet is a low-fat and high-carbohydrate diet plan, which focuses on vegetables, fruit, and high-fiber grains. Fats can be consumed but only if they do not exceed 10% of total daily calories. Nathan Pritikin, the man who developed this diet, emphasizes the fact that it is based on a theory of eating low-fat, low-calorie, plant-based foods which are destined to help with weight loss and fight against heart disease.
The Zone diet involves a high-protein, low-carbohydrate, fat-controlled meal plan. It is a more flexible plan than other diets, allowing for a wider range of foods approved for consumption. The plan works on a system of favorable and less desirable carbs, in the case of less desirable carbs, the portion size is reduced. The diet recommends an intake of 40% of calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein, and 30% from fats (40-30-30). If this ratio is achieved and maintained, it is said that the body is working within the “zone” helping dieters have more energy and lose weight.
The South Beach diet is a newer high-protein, low carbohydrate, and fat-controlled diet plan for men. It is also a phase based diet, which helps with removing food cravings from the system, but also helping the body lose weight during the first phase, the second phase is designed for long term weight loss, while the third and final phase means that within a year you will achieve the weight loss goals you have set.
The alkaline diet has been promoted through celebrities and involves the idea that our modern day diets cause our body to produce more amounts of acid than usual. The theory presumes that this excess acid in our body turns into fat, causing us to gain weight. High acidity levels have also been blamed on conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, tiredness, kidney and liver disorders. The diet implies cutting down on acid foods such as meat, wheat and other grains, refined sugar, dairy products, caffeine, alcohol and processed foods in favor of “alkaline foods”, which reduce the body’s acidity levels, meaning many fruit and vegetables. Since there are more versions of this diet available, most of the followers choose to take up the “80/20 rule” (80% fruits and vegetables and 20% grains and protein). This particular diet works for preventing kidney stones, urine infections and of course promotes weight loss.
The Cambridge Weight Plan is a fast paced weight loss system. It involves six flexible diet plans ranging from 415 calories to 1,500 calories or more a day, being suited to any kind of weight loss goal. Bars, soups, porridges and shakes can be used as the only source of nutrition or be combined with low-calorie meals.