25 October 2008

3 Day Diets

3 Day Diet is a low calorie diet for those who want to achieve a short term weight loss. Unfortunately most people simply gain the weight back on again.
Some people loose their weight sudden drop in calories, this may be fat but most will be from water loss. That’s why this diet is not recommended and should never be used for more than 3 days. This kind of diet is often used by those who experience “ yo-yo” weight.

3 Day Diet Menu

DAY 1
BreakfastLunchDinner
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water1/2 Cup of Tuna3 oz. any lean meat
1/2 Grapefruit or Juice1 slice toast1 cup green beans
1 slice toast with 1 Tbsp. Peanut ButterBlack coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water1 cup carrots


1 cup vanilla ice cream


1 medium apple


Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
DAY 2
Breakfast LunchDinner
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water1 cup cottage cheese or tuna2 beef franks or hot dogs
1 egg (any style)5 saltine crackers1/2 cup carrots
1 slice toastBlack coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water1 banana
1 banana
1 cup broccoli or cabbage


1/2 cup vanilla ice cream


Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water
DAY 3
Breakfast LunchDinner
Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water1 hard boiled egg1 cup tuna
5 regular saltine crackers1 slice toast1 cup carrots
1 oz.(slice) cheddar cheeseBlack coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water1 cup cauliflower
1 apple
1 cup melon


1/2 cup regular vanilla ice cream


Black coffee or tea (Sweet & Low or Equal) or water

I you don’t like one more or more than those food above, you may substitute it :
  • Orange instead of Grapefruit
  • Tuna instead of Cottage cheese and vice versa
  • Frozen yogurt instead of Ice Cream
  • Cauliflower instead of Broccoli and vice versa
  • Green beans instead of Broccoli or Cauliflower
  • Beets instead of Carrots
  • Toast instead of 5 crackers vice versa

Fad Diets List

Fad Diet is diet that promotes a restricted eating-plan or certain liquid foods lacking sufficient food value is termed as Fad Diet. The fad diets are very low in calories so they cause quite fast weight loss. However, quick weight loss may not be healthy and - in most cases - is not fat loss. It is actually water-loss which is quickly regained when the dieter resumes normal eating. The fad diets can cause weight cycling, so fad dieting in also dubbed as ‘Yo-Yo dieting’, which means a continuing pattern of gaining and losing weight. The fad diets are considered unhealthy.

The definition of a fad diet is very subjective. Many people use the term to deride what they consider is a poor weight loss diet. However a fad diet is simply a weight loss diet that becomes very popular (often quickly) and then may fall out of favor (sometimes just as quickly).

Other Definitions of a Fad Diet
Some nutritionists define a fad diet by a series of questions rather than assessing popularity :
  • Recommendations that promise a quick fix
  • Claims that sound too good to be true
  • Dramatic statements that are refuted by reputable scientific organizations
  • Recommendations from studies that ignore differences among individuals or groups
  • Eliminated one or more of the five food groups
Atkins at Home (Pure Foods Low Carb)
  • Delivers all USA, daily delivery available in Southern California
  • Weekly delivery of meals based on the Atkins diet
Cabbage Soup Diet
  • It’s a 7 days eat meal, with cabbage soup every days vegetables and fruits with very less meat
  • This diet is not sustainable but continues to fall in and out favor.
  • Not a Recommended diet in long term use can coz lack of nutrition
Low Carb Diet
  • Very popular during 2003-2004 but interest began to decline towards the end of 2004.
  • Diet with very low to moderate carbohydrate
Low Fat Diet
  • Diet with very low to low fat, very popular during the 1980s and 1990s.
Negative Calorie Diet
  • Healthy Diet with lots of green vegetables, very nutritious yet low in calories.
South Beach Diet
  • Almost similar with Atkins and Zone Diet, but not all the same (Healthy version of Atkins Diet)
  • It’s all about balancing the good carbs against the "bad" carbs.
  • The South Beach continues to be one of the biggest selling diet books of all time.
Zone Diet
  • Meal ratio : 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fats (sometimes called 40:30:30).
  • Many celebrity endorsement.
3 Day Diet
  • It was a rapid loosing weight diet, and shouldn’t not be used in longterm.
  • These kind of diet are popular due to the promise of instant gratification. There is never any long term success with such a diet.
Other Fad Diet Contenders
  • Apple Cider
  • Beverly Hills Diet
  • FatLoss4Idiots
  • Grapefruit Diet
  • Hollywood Diet
  • Vinegar Diet

Zone Diet

Zone Diet created by Dr. Barry Sears is about meal ratio. The formula is 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fats (sometimes called 40:30:30) and the formula must be followed at every meal.

This diet mat to complex and hard to follow. For more information, you can read book called The Zone : Revolutionary Life Plan to Put Your Body in Total Balance for Permanent Weight Loss by Barry Sears or search the internet. Some websites offer a significant amount of support for the Zone Diet (some even deliver meals and there are also a number of web sites with programs that have substantially simplified the Zone.

It’s a good program and would be a great improvement for anyone who currently has a typical western diet.

The “40 30 30” Diet Plan
Zone Diet is can be considered as low carb diet, average person consumes about 50-60% carbohydrates in their diet. Of course exercise always recommended eventhough it’s not part of the program.

Advantages
  1. There is combination of all the nutrients in each meal.
  2. This diet stresses the risks of processed carbohydrates (pastas, breads etc).
  3. Zone Diet is a low carbohydrate diet with a low calorie count at times possibly too low.
  4. Due to the levels of proteins, it is possible to gain muscle on this diet (but only with the right weights and exercise training).
Disadvantages
  1. For some people it’s hard to do coz requiring dedication and discipline.
  2. This diet may be difficult to work around eating with family and friends.

South Beach Diet

South Beach was a place around South Florida, where the author live. This diet was originally developed for overweight heart patients. The patients experienced excellent results, not only in their general health but also lost weight. It’s all about balancing the good carbs against the "bad" carbs.

South Beach Diet is based around the Glycemic Index, and carbs are chosen according to this index. Agatston’s book The South Beach Diet : The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss has remained a bestseller. This become the healthy version of Atkin diet, coz includes foods such as whole grains, healthy fats, fish, chicken, fruits and vegetables.

South Beach Diet Plan
South Beach Diet consists of Three phase. Almost similar with Atkins and Zone Diet, but not all the same. Dr Arthur Agatston, the creator stresses it’s not a strictly low-carb diet. Although when looking at the first 14-day phase - there is no doubt that this is a low-carb phase.

South Beach Diet begins with a restricted two weeks induction phase (weight loss about 8 to 13 pounds).

Phase 1
  • Three meals a day and snacks
  • Eating until your hunger is satisfied.
  • Most carbohydrates (such as rice, pasta, and breads) must be avoided.
  • Meats, shellfish, chicken, turkey, and fish are all on the menu along with nuts, cheese (fat-free), eggs, salads, and vegetables.
Menu sample in phase 1
Breakfast

Tomato juice, oz
Scrambled eggs with fresh herbs and mushrooms
Canadian bacon, 2 slices
Decaf coffee or decaf tea with fat-free milk and sugar substitute

Snack
Part-skim mozzarella cheese stick

Lunch
Chicken Caesar salad (no croutons)
Prepared Caesar dressing, 2 Tbsp

Snack
Low-fat cottage cheese (½ cup) with ½ cup chopped tomatoes and cucumbers

Dinner
Mahi mahi
Oven-Roasted Vegetables
Arugula salad
Low-sugar prepared dressing

Dessert
Lemon Peel Ricotta Crème

Phase 2
  • You may eat the food that avoided in phase 1 but only sparingly.
  • Weight loss should be in the region of 1-2 pounds per week.


Menu sample in phase 2
Breakfast

Berry smoothie (8 oz Dannon Light ‘n Fit fruit-flavored yogurt, ½ cup berries, ½ cup crushed ice, blended)
Decaf coffee or decaf tea with fat-free milk and sugar substitute

Snack
1 hard-boiled egg

Lunch
Lemon Couscous Chicken
Tomato and cucumber slices

Snack
Dannon Light ‘n Fit yogurt, 4 oz

Dinner
Meat Loaf
Steamed asparagus
Mushrooms sautéed in olive oil
Sliced Bermuda onion and tomato with drizzled olive oil

Dessert
Sliced cantaloupe with 2 Tbsp ricotta cheese

Phase 3

  • Maintenance and live in a lifestyle more than a phase
  • Eating healthy foods, and maintaining weight.


Breakfast
½ grapefruit
Tex-Mex eggs (2 eggs scrambled with shredded Monterey Jack cheese and salsa)
Whole grain toast, 1 slice
Decaf coffee or decaf tea with fat-free milk and sugar substitute

Lunch
Roast Beef Wrap
Nectarine

Dinner
Grilled salmon with tomato salsa
Tossed salad (mixed greens, cucumbers, green bell peppers, cherry tomatoes)
Olive oil and vinegar to taste or 2 Tbsp low-sugar prepared dressing

Dessert
Chocolate-Dipped Apricots

Negative Calorie Diet

There are no foods with a negative calorie value. So what is negative calorie Effect? Every food requires some energy in order to digest it. Some green vegetables may actually have some of their calories burnt up just to digest them. This is the negative calorie process.

Green vegetables are low in calories. You don’t have to worry eat lots of those vegetables coz those will not gaining your weight. At the same time , the fibrous content can fill you up and good for the digestive process. Fiber helping food to be processed and eliminated efficiently and can prevent gastro-intestinal ailments.

There are some green vegetables in particular that are very low in calories.
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Zucchini (courgette)
Proponents of the Negative Calorie Diet suggest that eating a stick of celery (5 calories) will burn up 95 calories.

Fibrous vegetables are filling, very nutritious yet low in calories - any diet consisting of large portions of vegetables will aid in weight loss.

Low Fat and Very Low-Fat Diets

Particularly, fat is the main factor for obesity. But, not all fat are bad some of t he fats are good. That’s why very important to differentiate between types of fat.

Health authorities have been saying that a low fat diet is best. Indeed many people have been able to gain some control over their weight by lowering their fat consumption.

The Fat
  • Low Fat : 20-30% of fats calories
  • Very Low Fat : 0-19% of fats calories
List of low fat diets :

F-Plan
  • Diet with high fiber, very popular in the late 1980s
Hip and Thigh Diet
  • Very low fat diet by Rosemary Conley’s, popular during the early 1990s
Ornish Diet
  • Very low fat diet by Dr Dean Ornish
Pritikin Diet
  • Very low fat, high carb diet
  • Scarsdale
  • Low fat, high protein diet, popular in the 1970s
Other low fat diets :
  • 3 Hour Diet
  • Jenny Craig
  • Mayo Clinic Plan
  • Rice Diet
  • Weight Watchers

Low Carb Diets

Low carb diets have become increasingly popular. However there is considerable ambiguity over exactly what is low carbohydrate.

According to USDA Food Pyramid :
  • High Carb 50-70%
  • Moderate Carb 40-50%
  • Low Carb 25-39%
  • Very Low Carb 0-25%
However it is common to find that any diet less than 50-60% carb ratio is called a low carb diet. The lower the carb ratio, the higher the fat and protein ratio (tends to be a high protein diet).

List of Low Carb Diets
These diets actually made up of little, moderate or no carbohydrate :

Anne Collins Low Carb Diet
  • 28-day plan in 2 phases: Phase 1 (14-days) average of 30g carbs per day- Phase 2 (14-days) average of 55g carbs per day.
Atkins
  • It’s a ketogenic diet.
Carbohydrate Addicts
  • Kind of low carbohydrate but not enough for ketosis.
  • 2 meals have no carbohydrate, and then a 3rd meal is made up of about 1/3 carbohydrates.
Fat Flush
  • This detox diet is not usually referred to as a low-carb diet - but it has about the same macro-nutrient ratios as the Zone (about 40% carb).
Hampton’s Diet
  • Quite similar to Atkins, but with an emphasis on healthier fats (macadamia nut oil).
Ketogenic diet
  • A diet with no carbohydrate, high in fat and moderate protein.
  • This diet will put the body in a state of ketosis, where ketones rather than glucose are used for energy.
Neanderthin
  • Diet with low carbohydrate.
  • Grains are banded.
Protein Power
  • A Moderate carbohydrate diet has similar ratio to the Zone Diet.
Rosedale Diet
  • Rosedale places emphasis on more fats and no starchy carbs.
  • Consume only low GI (Glycemic Index) and un-refined carbohydrates.
Sugar Busters
  • Diet with moderate carbohydrate (30-40% carbs) and low daily calorie intake.
South Beach Diet Zone Diet
A moderate carbohydrate diets about 40% carbohydrates.

Other Low or Reduced Carb Diets
  • Eat Fat, Get Thin
  • Go-Diet
  • Insulin Resistance Diet
  • Leptin diets
  • Life Without Bread
  • Schwarzbein Principle
  • Specific Carbohydrate Diet
  • Your Fat Can Make You Thin

Cabbage Soup Diet

The Cabbage Soup Diet is a 7 day meal plan. It is not a long-term weight loss solution, but is known to be effective over the short term. Not all people how has been try this diet successively. This diet originally came from Sacred Hearts Hospital to stimulate weight loss for surgery patients. Cabbage Soup Diet cannot be verified and not recommended!

Advantages
  • Loosing weight quickly
  • The change from some of our normally junky eating habits can be beneficial.
  • This vegetable include cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower is preventing agent against cancer.
  • Many people say enjoy eating the soup.
Disadvantages
  • Cabbage Soup is bland and be prepared for gas…
  • Lacks good nutrition such protein, calcium, and essential fatty acids
  • High in salt or sodium (Monosodium Glutamate).
  • Not recommended for long term diet
Cabbage Soup Diet Plan

Day 1
Homemade cabbage soup + fruit.

Day 2
Homemade cabbage soup + vegetables.

Day 3
Homemade cabbage soup + fruits and vegetables or baked potato.

Day 4
Homemade cabbage soup + bananas or fat-free milk.

Day 5
Homemade cabbage soup + 6 tomatoes or upto 450 grams of meat or fish.

Day 6
Homemade cabbage soup + meat(beef) and vegetables.

Day 7
Homemade cabbage soup+ brown rice, pure fruit juice, and vegetables.
No bread, carbonated beverages, or alcohol!

Homemade Cabbage Soup Recipe
5 large green onions
2 green peppers
2 cans of tomatoes
1 bunch celery
1/2 head cabbage
1 package Onion Soup Mix
2 cubes bouillon
1 can babyt corn
1 48 oz. can V8
Juice
salt, pepper, parsley, curry, garlic powder

Atkins Diet

Atkins Diet named from Dr. Robert Atkins, a doctor who wrote a book called The New Diet Revolution, in 1970. Time magazine ever wrote about this diet as “The most popular diet program” , but during 2004 the diet rapidly fell out of favor coz many food manufacturers quickly formulated low-carb food products.

Atkins Diet Steps and Mechanism
Weight loss in Atkins is based on the process of Ketosis. Reduce carbohydrate intake as the main source of energy, with the result body will find other sources, FAT. So reducing carbohydrates forces the body to burn fat.

Second step : carbohydrate stimulate the creation of insulin. Insulin is what converts excess carbohydrate to fat. So when you have less carbohydrate you have less insulin and therefore create less new fat.

This Diet has four phases. During this phase carbohydrate level were controlled.

Phase 1
  • This phases lasts for a minimum of two weeks and calls for a maximum of 20 grams of carbohydate intake with no starchy vegetables, fruits, grains, and bread
Phase 2
  • Add more fibrous vegetables (carbohydrates) until the Critical Carbohydrate Level for Losing is reached.
Phase 3 and 4
  • Phase 3 and 4 are maintenance phases
  • In this phase, carbohydrate intake can be increased but only until the point that weight is maintained (Critical Carbohydrate Level for Maintenance).
Warning and Side effect
  • Atkins is a high-fat diet and most of health agencies and nutrients recommend no more than 30% fat in our diet. While in Atkins you can easily consume more fat than this.
  • In the short term ketosis may have desired effect, but in the long term certain organs may be overworked to sustain the process of Ketosis.
The Benefits
For many people Atkins has been very successful and has resulted in significant weight loss and health improvement.

23 October 2008

Nutrisystem Diet

Nutrisystem is an online diet company, a portion-controlled diet plan. This little bit more like Jenny Craig.

How Does It Work?
This diet program is based on the Glycemic Index, basicly the carbohydrates is low. Restrict the diet to accurate portions based around the persons required calorie count the food can be selected from a pre-made menu, or select individual food items. The typical day include 3 meals and 2 snacks, the meal plan cycle is 28 days. The food is available directly from NutriSystem can be delivered to the customer. There are options for men, women, and vegetarians.

NutriSystem Additional Program
The NutriSystem program does provide more than a diet. A weight loss counselor is available via online chat (This one is free!!). They also provide more information regarding exercise and building a healthy mind.

Foods on the Diet
Here is a sampling of foods on the Nutrisystem diet.

BREAKFASTS
  • Oatmeal or Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
  • Cereal : NutriCinnamon Squares Cereal, NutriCoconut O’s Cereal,NutriFrosted Crunch Cereal, NutriFlakes Cereal - 40% Bran Cereal, Lowfat Granola Cereal, Frosted Oats Cereal, Mini Frosted Shredded Wheat Cereal
  • Muffin : Lemon Poppyseed Muffin, Banana Spice Muffin, Blueberry Bran Muffin
  • Granola Bar : Chocolate Chip Granola Bar, Apple Granola Bar, Cranberry Granola Bar
  • Scrambled Eggs : Smoke Flavor or Cheddar Cheese or with Peppers and Mushrooms
DESSERTS / SNACKS
  • Pudding : Vanilla or Chocolate
  • Almond Pistachio Biscotti
  • Amaretto Coffee - Unsweetened, Decaffeinated
  • Soy chips :Apple Cinnamon, BBQ, White Cheddar, Sour Cream and Onion
  • Dessert Bar : Chocolate Peanut Butter, Blueberry Lemon, Chocolate Mochaccino
  • Cappuccino Coffee - Unsweetened, Decaffeinated
  • Chocolate Macadamia Nut Biscotti
  • Hot Cocoa, Mint Hot Cocoa
  • Chocolate Shake, Mocha Shake
  • NutriCrunch Chocolates
As with many packaged food diets, some will not enjoy the taste of the NutriSystem food products. But, it’s ready for you and don’t have to count the calorie anymore.

Mediterranean Diet

A Mediterranean Diet is very popular in the Southern Mediterranean region such as Spain, Greece, Italy, Portugal and other Mediterranean country.

The Diet Menu - Healthy Eating
  • Lots of vegetables and fruit
  • Salads dressed with olive oil
  • Small amount of fish and poultry
  • Bread
  • Pasta
  • Grains.
  • Rarely red meat
  • Low to moderate wine
Portion size should be watched carefully if you are aiming for weight loss, particularly with higher calorie foods such as oils. Many people assumed that oil is the most thing to avoid for loosing weight. But, don’t get wrong with olive oil. Good quality Olive oil is a good source of mono-unsaturated fat. The peoples of the Southern Mediterranean area have a lower incidence of heart disease than in the West. This could be attributed to the lower levels of saturated fat in their diet.
Wine (typically red wine) is consumed as part of a Mediterranean diet. A glass a day with a meal is normal.

Diet-to Go

Diet To Go is one of the few delivery services that make meals fresh with no preservatives. It has been exist for more than 15 years. The strategy is to make sure their food tastes as good or better than anything you are already eating. Delivery services to all of America include Hawaii and Alaska. You can pick the food by yourself if you live Washington, DC, Philadelphia or San Francisco area at Diet-To-Go Center.

The Fresh Meal
Plus point for Diet to Go is they don’t use preservatives at all. Meals are freshly prepared and then packed in dry ice, and shipped in a styrofoam cooler.
There’s lot of variant and you can choose from low fat, low carb and vegetarian options.
Plus they offer excellent flexibility so you can choose the type of plan that fits your schedule (5 day meals, 7 day meals, 2 meals a day, 3 meals a day, etc.)

How much does it Costs?
Diet To Go offers some of the lowest prices for freshly prepared meals on the market, which is impressive. In general prices range from $10-$20 per day. But it also depends on :
  1. How many meals you day (2 or 3)
  2. Type of plan (low fat, low carb or vegetarian)
  3. How many days the food delivered (5 or 7)
  4. How many weeks order at one time (a longer order will save you some money)
  5. How many calories a day your plan offers (1200 or 1600)
Free dinner to try. Start now with a FREE Meal.

Bistro MD

The Bistro MD program was created by Dr. Caroline J. Cederquist who has over 10 years of clinical experience in weight management. She have achieved board certification in bariatrics. She's also been featured on the Today Show and her program was recommended on Dr. Phil.

Great Meal
  • Three meals and two snacks per day, totaling 1,100 to 1,400 calories per day, averaging 1,200 calories.
  • The calorie variation is designed to prevent metabolism changes that make weight loss harder.
The meals are taste so good with high restaurant quality and chef-prepared using fresh ingredients. There’s more than 100 menu and 6 week rotating menus available. You will not get bored.
Some menus are :
  • Turkey with Cranberry Chutney Sauce with Rosemary potatoes and Asparagus Spears
  • Chicken Marsala with French Green Beans and Almonds with Roasted Baby Carrots
  • Blueberry Cheesecake and more
Costs
  • It’s about $21-$26 per day, some people say it expensive but still less when compared to other gourmet diet delivery services
Join today and you can get your choice of one FREE Meal with order! Special offer - use offer code "free shipping15" to obtain free shipping.

Meal Replacement Delivery Services

These services deliver packaged foods such as shakes, soups, cookies and other snacks that have already calorie controlled and don’t need to reheat. These are mostly very low calorie replacements for one or more of your daily meals, so to ensure adequate nutrition at such low energy levels, fresh foods are replaced with nutrient supplemented processed items.

Meal replacement programs are intended for those who are classified as obese (body mass index > 30). While weight loss occurs, the challenge comes when trying to transition back into normal cooked food as the dieter is faced with a myriad of difficult choices.

Medifast
  • There’s no calorie counting, no points system, no diet pills and no confusion.
  • A low-calorie diet for based on shakes and other food supplements (more appropriate for those with more than 30 pounds to lose).
  • Lose up to 20 pounds this month without shopping, cooking or counting. Start now and get 2 weeks FREE!
HMR at Home
  • Shakes, entrees, and soups offered by HMR clinics.
OPTIFAST
  • Clinic-based obesity weight-loss program available in USA and Canada.
  • Recently has been sold around the world via pharmacies.
  • Employs liquid diet of shakes.
Slim-Fast
  • Unilever branded
  • Replacing 2 main meals with Slim-Fast products (powdered shakes, RTD Shakes, or bars)
  • Consuming one Sensible Meal such as fruit/vegetable snacks each day.
New Life Style Diet
  • Lose up to 20 pounds in a month on the top rated liquid diet. Providing the best tasting and most affordable diet shakes, puddings, soups, and bars on the market today.
  • Delivers across USA.
Other Meal Replacement Contenders
  • Dr. Siegal’s Cookie Diet
  • Hollywood Cookie Diet
  • Smart for Live
  • Soypal

22 October 2008

Medifast

Medifast is one of the more successful and balanced low-calorie diets that will bring about rapid weight loss in average of 5 pounds per week. The diet is undertaken by purchasing meal replacement products from Medifast that will provide an optimal calorie and nutrient amount for both men and women.

This weight loss program is generally only used by the very overweight (BMI = 30). Beware of slowing your metabolism leading to subsequent weight gain.

Currently you can get 2 Free weeks of meals with Medifast which will save you over $200. You also get a free Medifast book, shaker jar and free shipping also. This is one of the best bonus offers on the market.

Weight Loss Support
Medifast customers have access to MyMedifast, one of the best weight loss support hubs online. It includes :
- Diet, exercise and weight loss tracker
- News & articles about nutrition
- Progress snapshots
- Message boards, chat rooms and blogs
- Daily emails with great weight loss tips

Medifast Diet Plan (5 and 1)
  1. 5 meal replacements per day (shakes, bars, soups, oatmeal, and puddings).
  2. 1 meal per day is a "lean and green" meal - a small portion of lean meat, and generally up to 2 cups of salad or vegetables.
  3. Eat every 2-3 hours, and must drink a minimum of 64oz of fluid (water) per day.
  4. Caloric intake is between 800-1000 calories per day. Medifast recommend having supervision from a physician - however you can order the food without this.
  5. There are 70 different pre-packaged foods, the most popular is the shakes - made up of differing proportions of protein.
  6. Medifast has optimized vitamins and minerals to ensure there will be no deficiencies while reducing calories.
Medifast has specialized weight loss programs for diabetics, men, women, those concerned about heart health and more. If you don't want to choose a specialized program you can also design your own menu based on your personalized preferences.

After The Desired Weight Reached
Soon after your desired weight reached, you would be given a gradual transition back to normal meals in about 16 days. Medifast provide recommend 1-3 Medifast meals daily and a moderately intense exercise routine (30 miinutes 5 days per week).

The Costs
Medifast costs about $9 a day (compared to the $20+ a day of many diet delivery services, this is an excellent value).

21 October 2008

Slim Fast

Slim fast was owned by Unilever and this program has been over 25 years old. The program is substitute cooked meals with shakes and bars.

Slim Fast has been a popular choice for weight loss. However in recent years. The original Slim-Fast shakes were criticized for being too high in sugar. This was rectified by replacing sugar with the artificial sweetener Splenda.

Slim Fast Products
The Slim Fast offerings comprise the following :
  • Optima - Shakes (Ready-to-Drink), Bars, Smoothies, and Powders
  • Original - Shakes (Ready-to-Drink), Bars, Smoothies, and Powders
  • High Protein - Shakes and Meal Bars
Sensible meal
This meal is based around a lean protein (such as skinless chicken breast, or fish), carbohydrate (potato, rice, or whole wheat bread), and a large serving of vegetables.

The Diet Plan
  • Replacing two main meals with Slim-Fast products.
  • Consuming one Sensible Meal such as fruit/vegetable snacks each day.

Sample Meal Plan

Breakfast
Optima Chocolate Shake & 1 slice frozen French toast with 1 Tbsp light syrup

Snack
1 cup grapes

Lunch
Slim·Fast Optima French Strawberry Shake & 1/2 roast beef sandwich
(2 oz. Roast beef, 1 slice whole wheat bread, 1 tbsp horseradish, lettuce, tomato)

Afternoon Snack
1 apple

Dinner
Chicken Veggies Grill :
  • 4 oz. Grilled chicken (no skin),
  • 1 small baked potato with,
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli with 1 Tbsp Parmesan cheese
1 cup watermelon

Snack
One slice low fat pound cake.

OPTIFAST Diet

OPTIFAST program is produced by Novartis Medical Nutrition Corporation, developed in 1974, designed for obese people who has BMI>30, about 50 pounds overweight or even more. But, those who has BMI of 25 to 30 and have medical problems caused by their weight may also benefit from the program.

OPTIFAST therapy is available at hundreds of hospitals and clinics in the U.S.A. and Canada. Recently has been sold around the world via pharmacies.

What is The Program?
  • Initial medical and lifestyle evaluation and medical monitoring of health while losing weight.
  • Counseling to develop the lifestyle, nutrition, and activity.
  • A formula-based, predominantly liquid diet for active weight loss, followed by a gradual resumption of healthier, self-prepared foods.
  • Planned and maintainable regular physical activity.
The program is commonly offered as a 26-weeks plan :
  • 12 weeks or more of complete meal replacement.
  • Up to 6 weeks of transition to solid food, concluding with a regular diet to be maintained thereafter.
  • Up to 20 weeks of nutrition and behavioral counseling.
OPTIFAST requires close medical supervision during the first 18 weeks, so it includes weekly medical visits and group counseling.

The program runs with experts :
  • Expertise of physicians
  • Registered dietitians
  • High Quality trained counselors
  • Calorie controlled liquid nutritional formula
  • Weight Management Learning System
It is based on well-researched treatment approaches, and provides lifestyle education, personalized support, and portion controlled formulas to develop and maintain a healthy new weight and lifestyle.

20 October 2008

eDiets

Exsist since 1996, now, eDiets has already become the largest online weight loss program with total members more than 1.3 million. Many dieters or even nutrients recommend eDiets as the most success online diets.

eDiets are a subscription-based service, where the user pays quarterly. For the price you receive a number of services; customized diet and meal plans, shopping list, recipes, email assistance, and access to online tools and calculators.

Nutrition and Diet Plans
eDiets offer a bewildering array of diet plans. Over the past few years they have added a number of plans and are always adding more. Here is they are :
  • Atkins Nutritional Approach
  • Bill Phillips’ Eating For Life
  • Cholesterol Lowering
  • Glycemic Impact Diet
  • eDiets.com Weight Loss Plan
  • Healthy Soy
  • Heart Smart Diet (based off the AHA plan)
  • High Fiber
  • Low Sugar
  • Low Sodium
  • Lactose Free
  • Low-Fat
  • Mediterranean Diet
  • Type 2 Diabetes Diet
  • Vegetarian
Advantages
  • If you confuse which one is appropriate for you, eDiets also provide Diet Needs Analysis survey. It will ask a number of questions, and then come up with the best choices for weight loss.
  • You’re also can change your individual food items anytime. May you’ve allergic with some foods or you just don’t have desire to that kind of food.
  • There is a single subscription price ($4.49 per week). This also includes access to a complete fitness program (along with videos and 3D animations).
  • There are many success stories, many of them loose their weigh until ideal weight. The combination of nutrition and food choices make them a good choice if you need help organizing your eating plans.
eDiets introduced their own nationwide meal delivery plan which makes the diet very easy to follow.

Jenny Craig

It’s kind of a franchised weight loss center with packaged food. Delivers in all USA and Australia (Sydney & Melbourne), but the clinics can be found all over the world.

How Does It Work?
Jenny Craig involves meeting with one of their weight loss centers and chatting with a counselor, typically about weight loss, nutrition content in food, calorie counting and etc.

The consultation at the weight loss center will establish a daily calorie level. The foods you must by will fit into this calorie level. After that, you must buy the appropriate packaged foods from Jenny Craig, and turn up for weekly weigh ins.

How Much Does It Cost?
After the initial deal has run its course (typically 2-3 months), you are required to sign up to continuous membership (2 different levels - US$199 or US$299), or leave the program. The food costs on Jenny Craig will certainly mount up - and can surely only be sustainable for a short period of time.

3 Hour Diet

George Cruise, a fitness trainer create 3-Hour diet inspired from his logical extension to his fitness routines, bringing in a diet regime to suit the average consumer.

Eat Every 3 Hours
  • It’s all about meal frequency!
  • Blood sugar levels will be more consistent if you eat every 3 hours.
  • Metabolism of the body also will remain in a heightened state.
How to Do That?
  • 3 Hours eat means you’ve got 5 meals per day breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus two snacks in between.
  • Food groups should always be combined - i.e. protein should be eaten with carbohydrates and fat (and fruit and vegetables where possible).
  • Don’t forget to drink 8 glasses of water per day.
  • The principles of correct nutrition, appropriate exercise, and frequent eating are an effective strategy for losing weight.
Advantages
  • The good thing is even you’re on diet, you still can eat junk food as long as you obey the basic rules.
  • For many people a diet like this is far more approachable than one that suddenly restricts food or calls for dramatic changes.
Disadvantages
  • The book describes a method to pick appropriate portion sizes rather then rigidly counting calories but later goes on to restrict portion sizes to certain calories!
  • Weight loss and nutrition are two separate but related issues. Fast food should always be a last-resort food - not a daily staple.
The Three Hour Diet will be popular, but in the end offers very little in new science or nutrition.

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