Arrrgh! Is there anything that actually works!? If you’ve ever felt like this when looking through the seemingly endless diet pills, books, potions and plans out there for women, only to be left feeling lost and confused, you’re in the right place! Most diets suck and actually make it harder, not easier, to lose weight. They also make your life miserable, and that’s just not acceptable.
It’s not all bad news, though. There are a few gems out there, like the paleo diet, which is the ‘new kid on the block’ of the dieting world and a great choice for women looking to tone up and lose a few pounds. The crazy thing is, eating right for your body is easy. The message just gets lost in translation, often through marketing hype, which leads to thinking that you need ‘this‘ or you’ve got to have ‘that‘ to lose weight and get in shape.
In fact, all diets rely on the same principle – calorie manipulation. They just go about it in different ways. Some restrict certain food groups, while others do away with them completely. Here’s a quick look at some of the most popular diets for women which have evidence to support they really work.
Popular Diets That Work for Women
PALEO DIET: Paleo encourages you to eat like a cave-woman by cutting out all processed foods, grains and legumes to instead focus on eating what was readily available at the time – things like animal protein (chicken, turkey, bacon), eggs, fruit, nuts, seeds and veggies.
WEIGHT WATCHERS: One of the largest and most successful weight loss communities. Their program works on a pro-points system which helps you select and eat healthy, calorie-controlled portions to reach your weight loss goals.
LOW-CARBOHYDRATE DIET: As the name suggests, refined, simple carbohydrates (white flour, pasta, bread, rice and potatoes) are either cutout or greatly reduced in favor of healthy protein sources, fruit and low-carb veggies (i.e. mushroom, spinach & carrots).
RAW FOOD DIET: Being naturally low in calories, the raw food diet is great for women seeking to lose weight and improve their health. Foods which have been cooked or processed are replaced with natural ‘whole’ foods found in nature – fresh fruit, leafy green vegetables, nuts and legumes.
ATKINS DIET: Perhaps the most recognizable diet for women and used by celebrities including Kim Kardashian. With Atkins, it’s all about eating fewer carbohydrates and more lean protein in an effort to change how your body metabolizes and stores fat.
VOLUMETRIC DIET: It’s all about volume with this diet plan; eating low calorie foods which are naturally filling to help you lose weight while satisfying your appetite. Water-rich fruits, (non-starchy) vegetables and lean protein sources like fish, beans and chicken are the winners here.
THE 3 WEEK DIET: This is a new program quickly gaining popularity and one that I actively endorse for quick and safe results (you can see our review here). As the name suggests, 3 weeks is the time-frame used to deliver a sensible, calorie-controlled approach to weight loss with healthy ‘real’ foods.
While all of these diets have evidence to support their use, the best diet for women is ultimately one that meets your individual needs and offers a practical solution that fits your lifestyle. If you’re a busy mom or simply feel you don’t have the time to eat right (and exercise), innovative programs like 6-minutes to skinny offer a practical and exciting approach to weight loss, making it a reality for all – just as it should be.
The Keys to Successful Dieting
The problem with ‘old-school’ diets (i.e. the grapefruit diet) isn’t that they can’t help you lose weight, they can. It’s the fact they’re not sustainable, or healthy in the long-run.
The key to finding a sustainable diet that works is building habits that help you incorporate real, natural fat burning foods while avoiding calorie-laden, processed ‘artificial’ foods. Not only will you regain your health, you’ll be happier, have more energy and feel what it’s like to eat right for your body. The diets and healthy eating tips at Leanrunnerbean are based around a few core principles:
Make Healthy Eating a Habit: If you eat right most of the time, what you eat the rest of the time doesn’t matter nearly as much. This leaves you free to splurge (occasionally) and not have to worry about enjoying a night out. Instead of wasting your thoughts and self-control on calories, focus on building healthy habits that last.
Ditch the Crash Diet: You don’t need to starve yourself to lose weight. Not only does it deprive the body of nutrients, it cripples metabolic rate and actually makes fat loss more difficult. Focus on provisioning your body with nutrient-dense foods that support weight loss and overall health.
Eat Real Foods: Wherever possible look to cut processed foods from your diet and replace them with real, natural foods. Most pre-packaged ‘artificial’ foods are devoid of nutrients, high in sugar and loaded with preservatives that often do more harm than good.
We’re All Different: No two women are the same, and this is why most cookie-cutter diet plans fail. We all have different goals and starting points, which makes it doubly important important to taste, test and experiment until you find what works best for you.
Don’t Eat With Your Emotions: We all get down in the dumps occasionally, which is why it’s important to recognize that psychological triggers can cause us to overeat (and under-eat). Taking time out and practicing mindfulness when eating can protect us from cravings and mindless binging.
Track Your Progress: You don’t need to be a tech geek. A diary is all you need to keep track of what you’re eating and how your body responds. This gives you a starting point and a resource you can refer back to later. There’s also neat-o gadgets like Wi-Fi pedometers, mobile apps and other online tools.
Love Your Food: Look after your food and it’ll look after you. When you care about what you’re putting in your body and why, your food choices automatically improve and provide a greater sense of self-satisfaction.
Get Moving: This site is dedicated to healthy eating, but that doesn’t mean exercise isn’t an important part of a healthy lifestyle – it is. Aim to get moving for at least 30 minutes each day and avoid sitting for extended periods of time (computers, TV etc).
There’s no coincidence that when you look good, you feel good. Health and happiness are closely linked, and trying to achieve your weight loss goals without the other is always a struggle. Fortunately, finding a diet that works doesn’t need to be all about sacrifice and willpower. At Leanrunnerbean you’ll learn how to upgrade your lifestyle to make dieting fun, easy and effective.
Whether you work a normal nine-to-five desk job, shift-work, work through the night, or do what feels like endless 24-hour shifts at home looking after your family, finding a balance and managing your weight loss around your job can be tricky. But you can do it! We all need to work, which is why it's doubly important to find a diet that works, too!
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1. Don't Give Up - If you fall off the wagon or skip a day, don't throw in the towel and skip the next. It's harder to get back to your eating plan after three days than it is after one. Besides, I have one guilt-free diet day a week, as I think everyone should, and my favorite day is the day after when I can start eating healthy again!Click here to read more