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Americans spend tens of billions of dollars a year in their quest for losing weight, and getting fit. As I’ve said before, there are a number of different approaches to dieting, and a number of these approaches will certainly develop results. The key is in finding an approach that works for YOU, and one you can be CONSISTENT with.

Listed here, for you, are some of the most popular diets available today, some guide about them, and the results of some studies done by some of the top universities in the country. The studies followed groups of people following one of the specific diets listed, and compared the weight loss results of each group of dieters after extended periods of time. So which diet will certainly lose the most pounds after a year? Keep on reading to find out…the results may surprise you!

The Diets:

Atkins Diet (reduced carb)
A higher protein diet, encourages some form of meat at every meal, and restricts carbohydrates.
Calorie Breakdown:
20% Carbs
30% Protein
50% Fat

Weight Watchers (reduced fat)
Emphasizes portion control. Encourages grains, fruits, vegetables, and modest servings of meat.
Calorie Breakdown:
50% Carbs
20% Protein
30% Fat

Zone Diet
40/30/30 ratio theoretically stabilizes hormones that trigger hunger and weight gain.
Calorie Breakdown:
40% Carbs
30% Protein
30% Fat

Mediterranean Diet
Prescribes grains, vegetables, and sources of healthy fats such as olive oil and nuts.
Calorie Breakdown:
45% Carbs
20% Protein
35% Fat

Ornish Diet (reduced fat vegetarian)
Recommends eliminating nuts, meat, and fish.
Calorie Breakdown:
70% Carbs
20%Protein
10% Fat

THE RESULTS:

Low Carb vs. reduced Fat vs. Mediterranean

Pounds lost at six months: reduced carb 14 lbs, WW 10lbs, Mediterranean 10 lbs

Final loss (two years): reduced carb 12 lbs, WW 7 lbs, Mediterranean 10 lbs

Low Carb vs. reduced Fat vs. Zone vs. Ornish

Pounds lost at six months: reduced carb 14 lbs, WW 9 lbs, Zone 6 lbs, Ornish 6 lbs

Final loss (one year): reduced carb 10, WW 6 lbs, Zone 4 lbs, Ornish 5 lbs

Low Fat vs. Exercise

Pounds lost at six weeks: WW 6 lbs, Exercise 2 lbs

Final loss (three months): WW 9 lbs, Exercise 3 lbs

So exactly what does this mean for you?

Well, by looking at the numbers, you can see that all of the diets created results. And, along with the exception of the subjects following the Mediterranean diet, the dieters tended to gain some of the weight they had lost back over the long term. This is most likely because they failed to follow the diet as strictly over time as they had in the beginning.

This is a problem most dieters have actually along with most diets…consistency. Everyone charges from the gate ready to cut down on carbs, fat, or to consume the magic ratio, only to find that after a period of time this way of eating is something they can’t maintain over the long term. It’s not a modification they’re willing to make along with the rest of their life.

My advice to you is the same as always…choose something that’s right for YOU. Choose foods you like, eliminate the refined ones, and consume in MODERATION in combination along with EXERCISE. The above diets job because they control the amount, and in most cases, the type of food being eaten. As must be evident from the results, the control part is much more important than the type of food being eaten.

So take control of exactly what you eat. If one of theses diets works for you, then GREAT! Pick it, and stick along with it. If none of them float your boat, no problem. Choose the foods that job for you, control how much you eat, and be consistent. Combine your efforts along with some exercise, commit to sticking along with it for at least a year, and watch exactly what happens.
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