Monday, July 20, 2009

Free Weight Loss Programs

By Owen Jones

The race to fitness is on and a lot of people are getting in on the act. Some people do it in order to achieve a sexy body, some people just do it because they are ashamed of their body, while others do it simply to remain fit and healthy. As such, there are many fitness programs available on the Internet, in gyms, spas and fitness centres all over the world. Some are too expensive - so expensive that you will lose weight just by trying to earn the money needed to pursue these fitness programs.

You may not need to go to the gymnasium, the spa or any fitness centre and spend a fortune just to slim down and get that longed for sexy body. There are so many books in the bookstores] offering weight loss programs which are convenient and free. However, the books are not cheap though. These weight loss programs are gaining immense popularity due to their publicity, testimonials and reviews and you might be confused as to exactly which one to follow. So before you pick which weight loss plan to follow, try checking out the following precis of the most popular diet programs around today.

The Atkins' New Diet Revolution by Dr. Atkins: This diet plan promotes a high protein diet with fewer carbohydrates. You can dine heartily on vegetables and meat, but must not eat bread, rice or pasta. You are not restricted on your fat intake so it is all right to pour on the (right) salad dressing and freely spread on the butter. However, during the diet, some people may find themselves short on fibre and high on fat and cholesterol. Grains and fruits are also severely limited.

The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet by Drs. Heller. This diet programme also recommends following a low carbohydrate diet. It recommends eating mostly meats, vegetables and fruit, dairy and grain products. however, warns against taking in too many carbohydrates. So-called "Reward Meals" can be quite high in fats and saturated fats.

Choose to Lose: by Dr. Goor. It recommends restricting your fat intake. You are given a "fat" budget but you are given freedom on how to use it. It does not force people to watch their carbohydrate consumption. Eating meat and poultry as well as low-fat dairy and seafood is OK. You may also eat vegetables, fruits, cereals, bread and pasta. This weight loss plan is fairly healthy, because it advises healthy amounts of fruits and vegetables and saturated fats. Watch your triglyceride levels though. If they are high, trim down on the carbohydrates and eat more unsaturated fats.

The DASH Diet. Advocates moderate amounts of fat and protein but lots of carbohydrates. Primarily designed to lower blood pressure, so the diet plan follows the pyramid food guide and encourages a high consumption of whole wheat grains as well as fruit and vegetables and low-fat dairy. Some dieters think it advises too much eating to produce significant weight loss.

Eat More, Weigh Less: by Dr. Ornish. Mostly vegetarian fare and strictly low-fat. Warns to watch out for non-fat dairy and egg whites. This diet plan is poor in calcium and restricts the consumption of healthy foods like seafood and lean poultry.

Eat Right for Your Type: It is unusual because it is based on your blood type. For example, it advises plenty of meat for people with the blood type O. Diet plans for some blood types are nutritionally imbalanced and too low in calories. Furthermore, for the record, there is no proof that blood type affects dietary needs.

The Pritkin Principle: It focuses on cutting back on the number of calories by eating 'watery' foods that make you feel full. It recommends eating vegetables, fruits, oatmeal, pasta, soups, salads and low-fat dairy, which it says is fine, although it also restricts protein sources to lean meat, seafood and poultry. It is healthy since it allows low amounts of saturated fats and rather large amounts of vegetables and fruits. However, it is low on calcium and limits lean protein sources.

Volumetrics: It recommends consuming fewer calories. It advises about the same foodstuffs as Pritkin but restricts fatty food and grain foodstuffs like popcorn, pretzels and crackers. This program is fairly healthy given the high amounts of fruit and vegetables. It also recommends eating fewer calories and saturated fats.

The Zone: It is moderately low on carbohydrates but fairly high on proteins. It advises low-fat protein foods like fish and chicken plus vegetables, fruits and grains. It is also a healthy plan but lacking in grains and calcium.

Weight Watchers: High carbohydrates, but moderate on fats and proteins. A very healthy diet plan and very flexible too. It allows the dieter to plan his own meals rather than offering recipes, although there are WW TV dinners in the shops.

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