Diet plans

“Find the diet that best suits you and your personality!”

Changing the way you eat will affect your weight. However, no one diet is good for everyone! We all have different body types, our metabolisms work differently, and therefore you need to chose your diet carefully.

For some people the best way to lose weight is to cut down on fat or by starting to exercise, whereas others see no difference, or even gain weight, doing exactly the same thing. Others lose weight by avoiding bread, sugar or carbohydrates altogether. If you’ve tried one type of diet and it didn’t work, most likely the basic principles of that diet is wrong for you, and you need to try a different type.

Following a diet plan is a good choice if you…

  • Want to lose lots of weight and keep it off
  • Want to learn how to eat healthier en general
  • Are prepared to change your eating habits, maybe for the rest of your life
  • Don’t believe in diet pills or other kind of “cheating”

Different types of diets

There are a lot of diet plans out there, but they can be divided into 4 major groups that have a lot of aspects in common, where each group works for a different body type.

1. Fat burning diets

The metabolism is affected by the food you eat. Certain substances make the body temperature and the energy increase and burn more calories, at the same time you have more energy to exercise or work more.

These diets can work for people that would like to lose a few pounds, or a stone, but not more than that. It is more about trimming the body than fundamentally changing it.
Read more here about how to boost your metabolism and your body’s fat burning processes.

2. GI

GI stands for “Glycemic Index” and indicates how fast food makes your blood glucose curve rise. Sugar, white bread and other products with high GI make your blood glucose curve move like a roller coaster, resulting in sugar cravings, hunger, insulin-related problems and obesity. If you eat food with low GI your blood glucose curve becomes flatter, you don’t get hungry as quickly, you eat less and therefore lose weight.

GI is a very powerful concept, where small changes in the diet can have tremendous results. It suits you if you often experience sugar cravings, eat a lot of fast food and are more than a little overweight, say a stone or three. The diet will most likely not make you super slim, but it can make you look at least somewhere below average.

In this group you’ll find the GI diet, the Montignac diet where you alternate between GI and low-fat meals, as well as the South Beach Diet that starts off very strict and step by step becomes a pretty gentle low-GI diet. Read more here about the GI concept.

3. Low-carb diets

Low-carb diets are more strict and more potent that GI-diets, and all but eliminate carbohydrates (bread, pasta, potatoes, sugar) from your diet. The result is that the body runs out of blood sugar it changes the metabolism to a state called ketosis. This means that your body switches from running on carbohydrates to running on fat which usually makes you lose a lot of weight. It could be hard finding good alternatives to carbohydrates when eating at a restaurant, you will need to change your habits (no more sandwiches, burgers, or pasta) weekly and you could experience some sugar withdrawal in the beginning. On the other hand, after about a week of following a low-carb diet you’ll lose your sugar cravings, will rarely feel really hungry, and can eat lots of really tasty food, with creamy sauces, meat and vegetables – and still lose lots of weight.

Low-carb diets are pretty hard core and strict, and can be difficult to learn and follow. However, they are extremely effective. If you are very overweight, especially if you have already tried other diet plans and failed, then low-carb is the way to go for you. You will need motivation, you will need to really study up on what you can eat and what not, but it is not uncommon to lose 7 stones or more, assuming you start somewhere around 20.

In this group you’ll find the Atkins diet and LCHF. Even the more strict phases of the GI diet, the Montignac diet and the South Beach Diet keep the carbohydrates close to zero. Read more here about low-carb diets.

4. Low-calorie diets

Low-calorie diets are based on minimizing the calorie-intake, usually by cutting down on the fat in the food. The logic behind it is that if you eat less calories than you use you will lose weight. Here you cut down on fat and sugar and instead choose light products. Some diets have a specific menu, others put a limit of how many calories you can eat every day. However, you will most likely feel hungry now and then, as the body tries to make you eat more – a calorie deficiency is nothing that the body enjoys…

Low-calorie diets are a sure way to lose weight for some people, whereas others see no results at all. If you are a naturally slim person that simply has lost your good habits and gained a few pounds or a stone, then eating smaller meals, cutting down on fat and other aspects of low-calorie diets will work for you. Read more here about low-calorie diets.

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