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Best Weight Loss Programs - Part 2

Mayo Clinic
The Mayo Clinic Diet comes with a food pyramid and a book to help you adjust your eating habits. The plan clearly targets which bad food habits to break, and educates you on replacements. There's no calorie counting or eliminated food groups, and you're free to eat as many fruits and vegetables as you please. No going hungry!

Catch: The plan does contain a 2-week phase known as the "Lose it!" phase, and a lot of folks find this part difficult, mainly because it's restrictive. But come on, you can stand it for two weeks!

The Mediterranean diet is a plan for egg, cheese, yogurt, and poultry lovers. Red meat and sweets are limited but allowed for special occasions. No, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are not considered special occasions! What about booze? As long as it's red wine, you can have it in moderation with your meals. Your meals mainly consist of fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, olive oil, whole grains, beans, and seafood. It may not seem like a “diet” at all, but it has a boatload of research backing it up and supporting its efficacy.

Catch: You are responsible for figuring the calorie consumption needed to lose (or maintain) your weight. Same goes for your workouts.

No, I don't mind dieting at all! If you liked the sound of the Mediterranean Diet and you were considering DASH, you're in luck. The MIND Diet is a combination of the two, designed to promote brain health and avoid Alzheimer's disease.

Catch: You're on your own, in certain ways. This is not a packaged plan; you won't get any particular "blueprint" to follow, and you'll have to rely on Google to find recipes.

Weight Watchers
The Weight Watchers Diet is a flexible meal plan without any major restrictions on what you can and can't eat. The program is built around choosing nutritionally dense meals that keep you feeling full longer. Meals are higher in protein and lower in sugars, saturated fats, and calories. This plan comes with access to a support group, too.

Catch: It can be a bit on the expensive side, and tallying meal points is no trip to Disneyland.

The Volumetrics Diet was created by a nutrition professor at Penn State University. This plan is geared towards general healthy eating. You'll learn how to identify and prioritize low-density foods, which are low in calories but high in volume. Low-density foods help you stay full, without packing on the pounds (carrots are a good example). This plan is quite affordable, as you don't have to buy a program, book, or special device.

Catch: You'll need some mental fortitude. The Volumetrics plan gives you a lot of freedom, so straying back into old habits might be easier than it would be with a strict regimen.

Final Word
Remember your new mantras: Become the best version of yourself. You can't out-train a bad diet. You can't succeed if you're eating bad food, so get rid of the bad stuff and replenish your body with the good. All it takes is time and determination to turn everything around and become healthy, happy, and your personal best.

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