Because of the sedentary lifestyles that most people lead, the number of people with weight problems has increased significantly over the years. For instance, according to recent statistics, one out of three adult Americans has weight problems. Thus, has caused proliferation of weight loss plans all promising to be the â€˜miracle diet.â€™ It can be very overwhelming when choosing which diet plan to go on. Here are some of the popular diet plans explained.
1. The Hollywood Diet?
First on the list of popular diet plans is the Hollywood Diet. It is created by Sunset Health Products which produces two diet juices namely the Hollywood 24-Hour Miracle Diet and the Hollywood 48-Hour Miracle Diet. The dieter is required to fast and consume only the diet juices in the specified amount of time. The diet plan promises weight loss of five pounds in 24 hours and double in 48 hours. The juices contain a concoction of fruit juices including apples, grapes, pineapples, lemon and prune.
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2. The South Beach Diet?
Another popular diet is the South Beach diet which was created by Dr. Arthur Agatston. The diet is composed of three phases. The first phase requires the dieter to eliminate all sugars and carbohydrates from the diet. There are some vegetables which are prohibited as well. The dieter is only allowed to consume lean protein, food that are low in fat or only contains unsaturated fat. The second phase incorporates â€˜good carbsâ€™ such as whole wheat pasta or brown rice. The last phase is known as the maintenance phase in which the dieter is expected to continue on this diet plan for life.
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3. The hCG Diet
Another popular diet is the hCG Diet. It was created by Dr. Albert T. Simeons in the 1950s which uses the hCG hormone in promoting weight loss. The diet plan has three phases. The first phase requires the dieter to load up on calories in preparation for the next two phases. The second phase requires the dieter to take daily doses of the hCG hormone and undergo a very low calorie diet (500 calories to be exact). In the last phase, the dieter stops the hCG hormones and gradually increases calorie intake and maintains this diet for life. This diet plan boasts to help a person lose at least one pound a day.
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4. The Atkins Diet
Another famous diet plan is the Atkins Diet. It was created by Dr. Robert Atkins in the 1970s. The goal of the diet plan is to cut down on carb intake to enable to body to burn fat instead of glucose. The first phase of the diet requires the dieter to limit carb intake to only 20 grams a day. The next phase involves the dieter to consume mainly proteins and natural fats. In the next phase, the dieter can eat whole food carbs. And in the last phase, the dieter focuses on maintaining this new diet.
There are a lot more diet plans out there all promising to provide the best results in a short amount of time. Before deciding to undergo one, it is best to do ample research and consult a healthcare professional to ensure that the diet plan will not have adverse effects on your health.