Over the decades diets have been launched claiming
they are the best and hoping to find the key to success for weight
management. However obesity and our waist have risen! We seem
be going round in circles, the Atkins which emerged in the 1970s
is now back again! However there is no shortcut to losing weight.
We believe eating less and exercise more is the key.
Weightwatchers was launched in 1968 and has since developed into on of the
largest dieting clubs in the world with 120,000 regular members in the
UK alone. Its plan is to follow a points system where members can choose
whatever foods they want as long as they do not exceed their points quota
for the day.
This is a sensible diet as you can eat what you want but just need to watch
your calorie intake (by matching points to foods). It also promotes exercise.
Rosemary Connolly’s Hip & Thigh Diet arrived in 1983, based on eating
low-fat meals combined with exercise.
This is generally the right approach to a healthy lifestyle however when you
lose weight it comes off your body equally, not just from your hips and thighs.
Slimfast is a meal replacement diet consisting of two milkshakes or soups a day
then a normal meal in the evening.
This diet may leave you tired and fatigued during the day. Like other meal replacement
diets you don’t change your eating habits therefore when you come off the
it you put the weight on again.
The Beverley Hills Diet was dreamt up by actress Judy Mazel, claiming you could
lose a stone in 35 days. It involved eating only fruit for the first 10 days,
then slowly re-introducing carbs and protein. It also promoted eating pineapple
for its “fat-burning” effects.
Eating fruit for 10 days is a difficult thing to do and will not provide you
with the nutrients needed.
The Atkins Diet advises cutting out carbs and eating unlimited protein and fat.
Endorsed by a lot of celebrities.
The thing about this diet is that you are missing out on essential vitamins,
minerals and fibre that carbs provide. Good for short-term weight loss but hard
to stick to over long-term.
The Zone Diet is a plan that helps to optimise your body’s metabolism and
blood sugars. Meals are made up by 40% carbs, 40% protein & 30% fat.
It is difficult to get the right balance with this diet depending on individuals