It is a follow-up post of my previous post on “Diet plans you must know” in which I collated information on a few lesser-known diet plans as Part-1 of this series.
If you haven’t read those, please read the Part-1 covering eleven diet plans in my previous posts.
I also covered selected information on weight loss programs and weight loss plateau in one of my earlier posts. You might find it intriguing.
In this post, I have collated selective and useful information on a few other lesser-known diet plans. Hope, you’ll appreciate the effort. Let’s begin.
#12 The Paleo Diet
Paleo diet resembles the eating habits of a palaeolithic man who ate only whole foods. The focus of this diet is to eat foods that could only have been available in the Paleolithic era.
Many won’t know that before the development of modern agriculture, people ate foods that they could hunt and gather like meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Progress in modern farming led dairy products, grains and other products to become part of our diet.
Promoters of Paleo diet believe that the human body has not evolved to process dairy products, legumes and grains, and eating these could lead to health problems such as heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.
Many research studies suggest that this diet can help you lose weight and improve your health. Paleo Diet allows you to eat meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits, nuts, herbs, seeds and recommends to avoid everything that has been processed.
#13 The 5-factor Diet
The author says that this diet won’t keep you hungry. The author named it such because the diet revolves around the number 5.
You prepare and eat five-5 ingredients meals a day which takes 5 mins each to make. Then, 25 minutes workout with 5-minute segments for five days a week.
Pasternak claims that this diet maintains low and stable blood sugar levels which helps your mood and gives energy all day long.
Every five factors five-ingredient meal must have the following food groups:-
- Protein– Eggs, fish, meat and fat-free dairy.
- Fibre– whole grains, beans, wild rice, fruits, and vegetables with edible skin and seeds.
- Carbohydrates– vegetables, sweet potato, beans, lentils, etc
- Healthy fat– fish, olive oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil, flaxseed.
- Sugar-free drinks– water, sugar-free soda, coffee, tea or unsweetened energy drink.
#14 The P.I.N.K. Method Diet
P.I.N.K. in the diet name stands for Power, Intensity, Nutrition and Cardio with a K. There isn’t any specific research. Still, as the plan restricts the calorie intake and promotes vigorous exercise, it is going to help you lose weight.
It is a 4 phase diet plan of which, the first phase can last from 3 to 14 days in which you have to eat only about 1000 calories a day as per the diet menu. In the second phase, you eat protein, fruits, and vegetables and start the plan’s workouts that are circulated usually in a DVD.
On reaching closer to your goal weight, the third phase starts. That’s the “7-Day shred” which restricts carbs and fats and promotes a vegetable soup that helps you lose those last few pounds.
Upon reaching the goal weight, the maintenance phase starts, which suggests eating 1400 to 1800 calories per day.
The diet being fancy, is not free. You have to buy the P.I.N.K. method kit for $49.9, which contains 3 DVDs, the nutrition guide and the workbook which you can find online. Also, it suggests organic food over the conventional ones, which can be costlier too.
#15 The Brown Fat Revolution
James R. Lyons, MD, and a plastic surgeon introduced the brown fat diet in his book “The Brown Fat Revolution,” published in 2009. Lyon clarifies that yellow fat makes you look soft, flabby and old early while the brown fat is good, healthy and keeps your body firm and in shape.
It is a 4-week diet and exercise program, especially for women that helps develop lean muscles, boost metabolism and build brown fat. The diet alternates between Protein Days and Carb Days with exercise to strengthen core muscles.
The diet includes many types of foods. Carbs include whole-grain bread, pasta, cereals, starchy vegetables, and high-carb fruits.
You can eat fresh and lean protein and unsaturated fats.
Coffee and a glass of wine can be taken daily, but you should avoid processed foods, artificial flavours, sweeteners, and colours. The author also recommends taking daily vitamin-mineral supplements.
Several research studies show that this diet plan can turn the yellow fat to brown fat, but no direct studies show that the brown fat diet can result in weight loss in 4 weeks.
#16 The Macrobiotic Diet
This diet focuses on whole grains and organically grown foods. It is based on the Asian Yin-Yang philosophy of finding balance in life for health and vitality.
Originated in the ’60s as a counterculture diet it has been around much longer than that.
Dieters are encouraged to eat regularly, chew their food correctly, stay active and maintain a positive mental outlook.
Whole grains, vegetables, and beans are the main content of the diet which some people believe can prevent or treat cancer, but there is no scientific evidence.
The researchers at the American Cancer Society do believe that eating a plant-based, low-fat, high-fibre diet lowers the risk of heart disease and prevents some kinds of cancer.
Around 40% to 60% of the daily diet should be organically grown whole grains like brown rice, barley, millet, corn, and oats.
Locally grown vegetables should also be included with around 10% reserved for beans and bean products like tofu and sea vegetables like agar, nori, and seaweed.
Eating dairy, eggs, poultry, processed foods, meats along with tropical fruits and some vegetables are discouraged.
Drink water when thirsty, avoid spicy stuff, alcoholic beverages, soda, coffee and anything highly refined, processed or chemically preserved.
#17 The Cookie Diet
Losing weight while eating cookies look like a dream, and the low-calorie diet it follows may as well help you lose some. However, the Cookie diet probably won’t be able to keep you off for a more extended period.
This diet was conceived by Stanford Siegal, MD, in 1975 and he later featured it in his book. It is a low-calorie diet that helps people lose weight while eating, specially prepared cookies.
For the meal plan, you get to eat four to six cookies a day for breakfast and lunch and a home-cooked meal of protein such as meat, fish or vegetables for dinner.
Stanford claims that this diet will probably help you lose weight only because you are not eating enough. However, long term success will be a little challenging to achieve, as this diet does not provide enough nutrients to maintain a healthy weight.
#18 Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting is a popular diet trend with an eating pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating. This diet focuses on when to eat rather than what to eat.
In a sense, this is not a diet but an eating pattern. The most common schedule in this diet is 16-hour fast daily or 24-hour fast, twice a week.
Fasting has been practised throughout human evolution as there were no refrigerators or preservatives to store food and food was not available all-round the year. Fasting is done widely for religious and spiritual reasons in Hinduism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism, and Buddhism.
Out of the several different ways of doing intermittent fasting, the most widely ways are listed below.
- The 16/8 Method: You will be fasting for 16-hours and restricting your daily eating time to 8 hours.
- Eat-Stop-Eat: This method involves fasting for 24-hours twice a week, like fasting from dinner on Day-1 to dinner of Day-2 or lunch of Day-1 to lunch of Day-2.
- The 5:2 Diet: In this method, you consume only 500-600 calories for two non-consecutive days a week and normally eat for the rest of the five days.
This diet can surely help in weight loss as it restricts the calorie intake as long as you don’t compensate for that by eating more in the eating periods.
#19 The Dukan Diet
Everyone wants to lose weight faster and permanently, and the Dukan diet claims the same and that too without hunger. Dr Pierre Dukan created Dukan diet in the 1970s after getting inspired by an obese patient that said he could give up eating any food except meat.
After seeing successful results of weight loss in his patient, he published a book, “The Dukan Diet” in 2000.
This diet calculates your exact weight based on your age, weight-loss history, and other factors.
The duration of each phase depends on how much weight you need to lose to achieve your actual weight and each stage in this diet has its dietary pattern. The Dukan Diet has specified phases.
- Attack Phase: Lasts 1 – 7 days
- Cruise Weight: 1-12 months
- Consolidation Phase: 5 days for every pound lost in phase 1 and 2.
- Stabilization Phase: Indefinite
Many studies show that high-protein, low-carb diets have significant benefits for weight loss, and the Dukan diet may help you lose weight.
Well, these formed the second lot of a few diet plans that I thought of collating for you. I have followed this series up in the Part-3 with a few more diet plans.
If you haven’t read the other diet plans that I covered in Part-1 and Part-3 of this series of posts, please read about them in my posts “Diet Plans You Must Know- Part 1” and “Diet Plans You Must Know- Part 3.”
You might also find useful and valuable information on weight loss programs and weight loss plateau that I collated in one of my earlier posts.
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