Weight Loss Diets

 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)

As a nutritionist, I evaluate weight loss diets according to their ability to provide the body with the nutrition it needs while still promoting weight loss through calorie reduction.

Here are some of the most popular weight loss diets I have reviewed. Choose one that fits with your needs and lifestyle best for the greatest chance of success.

The Most Popular Diets

Flexible DietingNo forbidden or bad foods, customizes to your lifestyle and goals. Restores a healthy attitude towards food and weight loss.
Diet-to-Go Meal delivery diet available through out the USA offering both low car, low fat, diabetic, and vegetarian options.
3 Week DietA 21 day program where dieters can expect to lose up to 23 pounds using this unique 3 phase system.
NuMiAn interactive weight loss program where no foods are forbidden and includes live chat support. Works with all your devices.
I Love This DietA weight loss plan centered on Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice and Smart Ones frozen meals, with the addition of fresh fruit, vegetables and low fat dairy products.
SparkPeopleSparkPeople is a goal-based weight loss program. Rather than just sticking to nutrition, SparkPeople has a large component of fitness, motivation, and goal-setting.
Bistro M.D.Diet delivery service. High protein/low carb.
MedifastPopular rapid weight loss program for obese people. Uses shipped pre-packaged foods.
NutriSystemPre-packaged foods delivered to your door weekly..
Sonoma DietWhilst still very new, this Mediterranean-themed diet has surged to popularity.
Weight WatchersContinues to be one of the most popular and successful weight loss programs to date.
South Beach Diet Hugely Popular nutritionally-balanced weight loss diet based on the glycemic index.
Weight Loss Village DietAn online diet plan with over 46 meal plans to choose from plus motivational support.
8 Hour DietDieters that they can lose 20-60 pounds or more and still eat whatever they want.
17 Day DietThe 17 Day Diet involves adjusting your intake of carbohydrates, fat, protein, and calories over a series of 17 day cycles.
Virgin DietA plan to help you lose 7 pounds in 7 days, simply by eliminating 7 foods from your diet. The hidden cause of weight gain is often food intolerance.
Parisian DietThe Parisian Diet outlines a way of living that is based on healthy eating habits of the French people.
Dukan DietFirst used by millions of French women to get slim quickly.
IIFYMIf It Fits Your Macros: No foods are forbidden as long as they fit within your daily macro goals.

Weight Loss Diets by Category

Low Carb DietsRaw Food DietsOnline Based Diets
Low Fat DietsVegetarian/ VeganDiet Meal Delivery
Very Low Calorie High Protein DietsLiquid Diets
Low Glycemic IndexFad DietsMeal Replacement
Ketogenic DietsKids and Teens DietsGluten-free Diets
Quick Weight LossCelebrity DietsFlexible Dieting

Other Popular Weight Loss Diets

100 Calorie DietThis diet breaks foods down into 100 Calorie portions to aid with Calorie counting.
1200 Calorie DietA diet that uses the recommended low Calorie approach to weight loss.
3 Apple a Day DietThis diet promotes eating an apple before each meal as a way to eat less during the meal. Low Carb Approach.
3 Day DietShort-term fad diet.
3 Hour DietPopular diet from Jorge Cruise
4 Day Diet This diet uses 7, 4 day cycles to aide in changing eating habits which promotes weight loss.
4-Hour BodyAn Uncommon Guide to Rapid Fat-Loss, Incredible Sex, and Becoming Superhuman by Tim Ferriss includes information on everything from weight loss to sex.
400 Calorie FixInvolves eating three or four meals a day, with each meal consisting of 400 calories.
5 Factor Diet A newer diet from fitness trainer Harvey Pasternak.
6 Weeks to OMG DietA trendy diet plan that appeals to young women by heavily focusing on appearance. Healthy eating and moderate exercise are encouraged as well as some controversial tips.
7 Day DietA very unbalanced eating plan.
7 Day Fat Blast DietDenise Austin’s 7 day plan to burn fat quickly.
18 Pounds in 4 Days A questionable quick weight loss diet available online only.
80 10 10 DietPrimarily a raw food diet based on 80% carbs, 10% protein, and 10% Fat.
Abs DietThe Abs Diet is based around frequently eating whole carbs, adequate protein. This must be combined with cardio and weight training.
Apple Cider Vinegar DietA ridiculous fad claiming that apple cider vinegar will cause weight loss.
Atkins DietControversial but popular high-fat low carb diet.
Banana Diet Made popular in Japan and uses Asian weight loss principles.
Bernstein DietClinic-based program based in Canada.
Big Breakfast DietAllows dieters to indulge in cravings for their favorite foods such as pizza and chocolate and still lose weight, so long as these foods are eaten before 9 am.
Biggest Loser ClubAn adaptation of the popular NBC reality series The Biggest Loser.
Bikini BootcampAn aggressive two-week program.
Blood Type DietClaims that nutrition should match blood type.
Body For LifeA program that includes weights, cardio, as well as nutrition.
British Heart FoundationLow calorie fad diet. See also Greenlane diet.
Cabbage Soup DietA faddish monotonous diet plan based on Cabbage soup.
Cambridge DietA Very Low Calorie Diet originating from the UK in the 1980s. Use with care.
Carbohydrate AddictsLow carb diet claiming that most people are carb addicts.
The Cheater’s Diet Allows dieters to indulge in their favorite high Calorie foods on the weekends.
Eat Clean DietFocuses on unprocessed and whole foods.
Eat Stop EatThis diet uses short 24 hour fasts to promote weight loss.
Eat to Live Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s diet plan to shed pounds quickly.
Egg DietThis is a range of diets that promote eating only eggs or mainly eggs for weight loss.
Every Other Day Diet The QOD Diet which alternates between a low Calorie day and a normal Calorie day.
Fat Burning Diet Jay Robb’s alternating carb method for increased energy and weight loss.
Grapefruit DietA diet plan based solely around the humble grapefruit.
Herbalife Weight Loss ProgramShapeWorks – uses meal replacement shakes and protein booster.
Hunter Farmer DietThis book offers an insight as to why some dieters do better on low-fat diets, while others are more successful eating low-carb.
iPhone, iPod, and iPad Weight LossA list of popular iPhone, iPad, and iPod apps that can help dieters achieve their weight loss, fitness, and nutrition goals.
Japanese Diet This approach uses the healthy Japanese Diet to help women achieve better health and weight loss.
Jenny CraigFranchised weight loss centers.
Jillian Michaels Fitness instructor from The Biggest Loser has her won program.
Karl Lagerfeld DietThe diet he used to loose 92 pounds.
Kids and Teens DietsDietary requirements for children.
LA Weight LossExpensive center-based weight loss program.
Leptin DietExamines Mastering Leptin based on managing the leptin hormone.
Mayo Clinic Diet (Fad)A Fad/Crash diet with no connection to the official Mayo Clinic.
Mayo Clinic Plan (Official)A Version of the Mayo Clinic Diet that follows the Mayo Clinic recommendations.
Negative Calorie DietClaims that certain foods have a Negative Calorie effect.
No Flour, No Sugar DietDr. Gott’s Diet Program eliminating refined flour and added sugar.
No White Foods DietThis diet focuses on eliminating any food that it white from your diet as they are usually high in sugar and starch.
Oatmeal DietThis diet uses oatmeal as a method of weight loss because of it’s high fiber and fat absorbing properties.
Ornish DietVery low fat diet from Dr Dean Ornish.
PINK MethodA holistic weight loss program that includes online support via daily email reminders and the opportunity to connect with other diet members online.
Rice DietSpecialized clinic-based program in Durham, NC, USA.
Sacred Heart DietSoup-based fad diet based on a 7 day plan.
Six Week Body MakeoverAn informercial kit promising transformation in 6 weeks.
Skinny BitchA total vegan diet that promotes no sugar, no processed foods, and no animal products.
Slim4LifeA long-running clinic-based program available in Denver and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Slim For Life- Jillian MichaelsSlim For Life is the latest book from Jillian Michaels, personal trainer on the television program “The Biggest Loser”.
Slim Fast2 meal replacements per day plus one ‘regular’ meal.
Slimming WorldA popular program in the UK and Ireland.
Special K DietLose weight by substituting normal meals with Kellogg’s breakfast cereal.
Subway DietA fast food diet based on eating only Subway sandwiches.
Suzanne Somers DietHer Somersizing plan for weight loss.
Tracy Anderson Method: Dancer’s BodyAn intense ‘boot-camp’ style weight loss program that is designed to produce a dancer’s body. It will appeal to highly motivated dieters who want to kick-start a weight loss program or get in shape for a special event.
UltraSimple DietA 7 day detoxification plan.
Weight Loss GrailThe Weight Loss Grail is a simple weight loss plan that can help you to lose 28 pounds in 28 days without ever feeling hungry or giving up your favorite foods.
Zone DietA popular diet based on a 40:30:30 nutrient ratio.
 By Mizpah Matus B.Hlth.Sc(Hons)
Last Reviewed: July 23, 2015. Disclaimer
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