3 Popular Diet Plans That You Cannot Miss

Diets are advertised more than anything these days. It’s easy to overlook the ones that are hyped endlessly. I know that I was always wary of any diet that had people too excited about it. This is mainly because I have seen a lot of diets come and go, doesn’t it seem like there is a new one popping up every week? But if you start digging deeper and cut through all the hype there are a handful of popular diet plans that have a lot to offer. There are quite a few of them but in this post we will look at these three that I have either tried or I know someone who has had success with it.

 The 3 Hour Diet

3-hour-dietIf you want a diet that lets you eat whatever you like, the 3 hour diet can help you out. This is a peculiar diet because it doesn’t include a list of things that you can’t eat. Within reason, of course.

The idea is that you will be eating every 3 hours, hence the name, and as a result your body will keep metabolic rates high and burning fats. Breakfast is eaten within an hour of waking up, you have a meal every three hours after that, and then you stop eating three hours before going to bed. That’s it.

Your three primary meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner) should be balanced meals of protein, carbohydrates and vegetables. If you want to have a piece of pie or a chocolate shake for one of the other smaller meals, though, it’s fine. That is the appeal of the 3 Hour Diet to many people.

The problem is that it gets hard to control your portions. Once I start eating unhealthy, I have a tendency to go overboard. If you have the self control to manage the small portions this is a great option. Although following a menu or a meal plan is not required, here is a sample menu for those of you that want to take a look at it for reference.

The Slow Carb Diet

Tim Ferriss described the Slow Carb Diet in his book “The Four Hour Body.” It is similar to the Paleo diet, but Tim Ferriss claims to have slow-carb-dietdiscovered an advantage. There is no calorie counting, no weighing foods, none of the headache. Here are the rules as he gives them:

  1. No White Carbohydrates: This includes carbohydrates that have the ability to be white. If you have just finished a workout, you can have a specific amount, but that is all – bread, rice, cereal, pasta, potatoes
  2. Eat The Same Meals: I know I have a handful of my favorite meals that I eat on a regular basis. Ferriss recommends taking advantage of that and eating a similar breakfast and lunch everyday to keep you from making unhealthy choices. Here is the basic list of what should make up those meals:
    • Protein: Eggs, chicken breast, grass fed beef, black beans, pork, fish
    • Legumes: soybeans, red beans, pinto beans, lentils (the paleo diet doesn’t allow any of these)
    • Vegetables: Spinach, peas, broccoli, asparagus, green beans, kimchee
    • Even when you eat out, these choices are possible. Substituting a carbohydrate side for one of these is easy and, in most cases, you only have to pay a “six pack tax” (as he calls it) to upgrade a side to something that falls into the diet.
  3. Don’t Drink Your Calories: No soda. No milk. No fruit juice. Simple as that. Red wine is allowed, but that might just be because the creator is a huge fan of it.
  4. No Fruit: Fruit is OK every now and then, but ancient humans didn’t have the luxury of eating fruit year round. Tomatoes and avocados are fine, but you should also stick to in season fruits to make sure that they are as fresh as possible.
  5. Take A Day Off: One day a week, eat everything your heart desires. It will reset your insulin resistance, give you a psychological boost, and probably remind you of how bad you feel after eating something unhealthy.

The Grapefruit Diet

grapefruit-dietThe grapefruit diet is something that people have had amazing results with, especially when using it as a way to jump-start their weight loss before moving on to something else. Research shows that there is an enzyme in grapefruit that can possibly stimulate fat burning. Let’s take a look at the protocol.

The general idea is that you will eat 1/2 of a grapefruit with each meal. Other than that, you will be eating protein primarily. For example, breakfast might be two eggs, bacon, and 1/2 of a grapefruit. Dinner might be something like a large portion of grass fed meat, green vegetables, and 1/2 of a grapefruit. According to the people that came up with it, 10 pounds in 12 days is possible. You are eating plenty of protein, which keeps you full, but overall you are consuming a smaller amount of calories. That calorie reduction, combined with the fat burning enzymes found in grapefruit, make this a great choice for fast weight loss and it is becoming more and more popular among people getting ready for a vacation.

Which one is right for you? It’s hard to say. I would highly recommend any of them. Out of all of the popular and advertised diets around right now, these are the most effective. There is no reason that you wouldn’t lose weight if you stuck with one of them. The key here is sticking with the one you choose.

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