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Which of These Popular Diets Have You Tried?

Which of These Diets Have You Tried?

Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet of appropriate sized portions coupled with exercise is the easiest prescription for weight loss, but sometimes we need a little outside help in the form of a diet plan. The firm boundaries of an eating plan can help you turn down trigger foods you would normally eat without a second thought.

To shed the stubborn remains of baby weight after my first daughter was born, I used the South Beach diet. I would never give up carbs again, but when I finally got to eat them the diet taught me the beauty of whole grains. After my second child, I loosely followed Weight Watchers and have incorporated the portion control I learned from that plan into my daily eating habits.

I know some of you have used crash diets in the past for quick weight loss, but have you used any of these diets for the long haul?

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JoneyStar JoneyStar 7 years
I've done Weight Watchers a number of time and it works but counting points began to annoy me. So now, I'm on Medifast. It keeps your carbs down and protein up so that your body goes into ketosis (fat burning mode for energy instead of using carbohydrate for energy) and you tend to loose a little faster than other diets. But you can't go back to just eating carbs because if you do the weight comes back quickly. They have a whole plan for weight loss and transition. And you buy your meal similar to like Nutrisystem but totally different type of food, more like meal replacement bars, shakes, and soups. You eat five medifast meals and a lean and green meal which basically a lean meat and three servings of vegetables (5 & 1 plan). Don't get me wrong WW works but I'm an on the go person so I need structure and I need on the go meals. Medifast just works for me.
Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
I followed & still follow a different diet in which I do not eat/drink: alcohol, breads, starchy carbs, dairy, extra sugar, fruit, gluten, hydrogentated oils & high fructose corn syrup. **I call it the ABCDEFGH diet!
inlove23 inlove23 7 years
I defiantly agree spacekatgal! It's so true. I try to make life changes because I feel like "diets" are temporary.
benheld benheld 7 years
Yeah, I haven't done any of those. The best diet I've ever done is to keep a food journal and track everything I eat. Probably should start doing that. It's been two months, and those stubborn last 10 lbs have gotta go!
kimmyk10 kimmyk10 7 years
The only "diet" I've been on is just counting/reducing my calories and keeping a food journal...
ayuninur ayuninur 7 years
neither...i don't think they work..
neonbee neonbee 7 years
I tried South Beach, but it wasn't for me. I think the restrictions on certain fruits and veggies was just awful.
LilLucyT21 LilLucyT21 7 years
Definitly more than one of those - Atkins, Zone, Blood Type, Weight Watchers
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I followed WW for a long time to get the majority of my weight off, but I tweaked it to make the program more my own. I sort of combined the WW concept of Points in with the Volumetrics diet, which encourages you to eat foods that are not very calorie-dense. That way I was able to maximize the "bang for my buck", so to speak as far as Points went. I also added exercise and lost around 90 lbs. To keep it off, I still sort of loosely follow the WW guidelines, but I'm much more flexible with things.
mtiger mtiger 7 years
I've tried low-carb and Slim Fast. Finally, I decided to just count calories (eating healthy calories, however) and exercise. I've lost 37.4 pounds, with only 12.6 to go until I'm at my lowest weight/best shape I've ever been in. Eating healthy and exercising is the only way to go.
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I haven't done any of the above.. my fad dieting was when I was a young teen - and unaware of much else.. I tried slim fast, cabbage soup diet, diet pills, etc. And spacekatgirl is right, the only way to lose it and keep it off is less food and more exercise...
SaraJeanQueen SaraJeanQueen 7 years
In college, I was nervous to see a long-distance boyfriend, so I did the Atkins diet for 2 weeks... NO carbs. I lived on turkey, peanuts, cheese, and sugar-free jello. It wasn't that hard because I had something to look forward to. I dropped seriously 14-15 pounds in 2 weeks. I loooved my body, seeing it that thin, and my face looked really skinny. However I LOVE carbs. And I couldn't work out at all.. I would run for 1-2 miles and be seriously winded and light-headed, unable to run any more. So on the weekend w/ the bf, I ate pizza, desserts, whatever I wanted.. and I gained back a lot in one weekend. My jeans were tight by the time I went home on Sunday!! Carb-free is definitely NOT my thing, but it's nice to remember that if you're having a few bloated days, you can restrict carbs for a day or two and see an immediate difference. Too long would make me go overboard on the bagels, though. :)
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
None of the above, but my eating habits do have a Mediterranean bent to it.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 7 years
I do like South beach frozen dinners, but I never actually followed the diet.
tigr3bianca tigr3bianca 7 years
I did the Zone way back in 2000 and it worked well, I lost 15 lbs but it was too hard to maintain, all the calculations. I wanted to go back because they advertised its much simpler plan, only because you have to buy their food products which are way overpriced. Who pays $15 for a box of pasta? Now I just watch my calories and exercise.
CartoonJunkie CartoonJunkie 7 years
I tried South Beach and I just found that it wasn't something I could stick with. Now I just eat healthy and watch my calories and I've lost 15 pounds already.
chloe-bella chloe-bella 7 years
I tried the Atkins diet when I was in high school (at the height of its comeback). The beginning phase, where you pretty much just eat protein each meal and no carbs, was so terrible that I quit and became a vegetarian for 3 years afterwards. Before that I bought one of Suzanne Somers' books and attempted to "Somersize." It was based on the principle that you can't have any sugar (not that irrational) and that you can't mix fat with carbs in one meal (pretty bizarre). I finally lost the extra 15 lbs I had gained at the end of high school/beginning of college by just eating a mainly vegetarian diet and exercising. So much easier!
elle-dub elle-dub 7 years
I don't like to call it a diet, but I did/am doing the Warrior Diet. I eat only raw foods during the day (almonds, vegetables) and then pretty much whatever I want at dinner in moderation (although I'm also a vegetarian). My personal trainer told me about it and it really fits into my life perfectly. I also lost 25 pounds to have a healthy BMI of 20.7.
Purrsnickety Purrsnickety 7 years
I have tried more than 3 of these diets but I picked the one that I stayed on for the longest period of time. I regret even bothering with South Beach because it's not a lifestyle I could put up with for very long. Weight Watchers was the best one for me but when I couldn't afford the fees anymore and tried to do it on my own it didn't work as well for me. I guess I need the stability of going to weekly meetings and having a group of peers more than I thought.
socalbeachgal socalbeachgal 7 years
I'm on Weight Watchers and it is not a "diet" but a way of changing your eating patterns for life. It is not a quick plan but so far lost 26 out of 30 pounds in 6 months.
katiemorton katiemorton 7 years
I actually tried selecting a few of them! I'm sure a lot of people have tried more than one of those diets...
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
I don't consider the mediterranean diet an actual "diet" the way the others are, but it fits the way I usually eat.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I tried South Beach, but it was to try to help my skin, not to try to lose weight. I don't really think diets work anyway.
Niami Niami 7 years
I followed more than one of the above diets as recommended by my own doctors! None worked, they were too much work. I found that for me, healthy food choices, exercise and treating medical problems (PCOS, Hypothyroidism, Celiac) were the best and most effective ways to lose weight. Plus it's cheaper to do it my own way too.
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