It seems like everyone is on a mission to lose weight. If you’re struggling with your weight and want to live a healthier life, it can be challenging to look at all of the different diet plans available and know which one will be the most effective. Below are three of the most common weight loss plans today. If one of these speaks to you, make an appointment with a dietitian to learn how to implement the plan in the healthiest and most effective way.
The simplest way to lose weight is to count calories. Because weight loss is caused by a caloric deficit, consuming fewer calories than your body burns is a guaranteed way to see results. In order to count calories, a doctor or nutritionist should help you determine a number of calories to consume per day. Many people counting calories love to eat low-calorie meals, such as salads full of vegetables and plenty of fruit. However, any food can fit into this meal plan, as long as it is not consumed in excess. People counting calories can eat a small portion of their favorite foods, which helps them to never feel deprived on their weight loss journey.
While keto diets may seem like the newest health craze, this diet trend has been around for decades. Keto is short of ketosis, which is a state where your body burns fat instead of carbs for energy. In order to reach ketosis, a person consumes a diet that is low in carbs and higher in protein and fat. Many popular diet plans of the 90s and early 2000s, such as the Atkins, South Beach, and Dukan diets, used this basic formula. The keto diets of today have been revamped, and focus on making lifestyle changes rather than sticking to a diet for several weeks. Because people eating keto diets consume more fat than those on other weight loss plans, the diet feels indulgent while still delivering results.
Intermittent fasting is one of the latest trends in the weight loss community. Because it’s a newer approach, doctors are still researching exactly how it works. Those who use this method limit the hours of the day when they eat. Some who follow this plan will have whole days (24 hour periods) per week when they do not eat. Others eat every day, but only for a certain number of hours (such as only eating between the hours of 10 am and 6 pm, or any 8-hour period). Many find that intermittent fasting helps them to lose weight in a simple way. Because calories and carbs are not counted, many find that they are able to lose weight while being flexible with the exact foods they consume.
Is one of these options right for you? Speak with a nutritionist to learn the best ways for your body to lose weight. Contact us today at (646) 760-3438 to schedule an appointment with Registered Dietician Traci Fields.