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BR’s Pick of Top Five Diets

 The CDC reports that more than one-third of Americans are overweight enough to be considered obese, and that millions more weigh more than their ideal, healthy weight. Typically, those of us who need to lose a few pounds or who have serious weight control problems already know that we need to adopt a healthier diet. What stops us from losing weight is finding a diet plan that will make us successful. There are many paths to thin, and what works for one person might not work for another. To help you find the ideal way to slim down and get healthy, I put together this list of the top 5 diets that I've discovered during my research. All of these diets are proven to be effective for some people and take a safe, reasonable approach to weight loss.

1. Dr. Alejandro Junger's Clean Diet aka the 30 Day Clean Detox Diet - Unlike other cleansing diets on the market, the 30 Day Clean Detox Diet was developed by a board-certified cardiologist. Frequently recommended by doctors, the program involves replacing breakfast and dinner with a nutritious shake, eating a sensible lunch and taking a supplement blend throughout the day. After completing the 30-day regimen, you then take a daily maintenance supplement and will continue to lose weight if you follow a healthy meal plan.

2.Kim Lyons Ten Day Detox - Developed by "Biggest Loser" trainer Kim Lyons, this diet focuses on making simple, positive changes to your diet to see results. Each day, the plan requires you to drink three, 8-ounce glasses of Fat Flush Water, which you can make with ingredients sold at the grocery store. In addition, the plan calls for choosing green carbohydrate-rich foods over brown carb foods, adding spices to your protein and choosing healthy snacks. The program has been endorsed by Dr. Oz.

3. Low Glycemic Diet - Originally created as a diet to help diabetics gain better blood glucose control, this diet centers on limiting the amount of sugar in your bloodstream. This is achieved by limiting carbohydrate intake. To be successful with the plan, you'll need to use a scale called the Glycemic Index when you plan meals. This chart rates foods on a scale from 1 to 100, and those with the highest sugar content are found at the high end of the scale. By choosing foods from the low end of the scale, you'll reduce the amount of glucose in your body and over time, decrease your body fat.

4. Mediterranean Diet - Endorsed by the Mayo Clinic and found in some studies to extend a person's lifespan, the Mediterranean Diet was inspired by the cuisine enjoyed in countries like Italy and Greece, where incidences of obesity are much lower than in the U.S. The eating plan encourages you to get the majority of your calories from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, beans, nuts, legumes, seeds and herbs. Fish and seafood are the preferred sources of protein, and poultry, eggs and dairy products are consumed moderately. Meat and sweets are used very sparingly. The Mediterranean Diet is meant to be a lifetime change, rather than just a temporary diet.

5. Weight Watchers - This plan has been around since the 1960s, but it remains popular because it is easy to follow and effective. With Weight Watchers, you use a point system to plan meals. This allows you to eat anything you like but to make better choices about portion control. Each day, you'll have a maximum number of points that you can allot for your meals and your snacks. After you've reached your desired goal, you'll then transfer to a maintenance program to help you keep the weight off permanently.

The key to any diet is commitment. To truly be successful when it comes to weight loss, you must be prepared to look at the program as a positive lifestyle change, not a temporary punishment for gaining weight. Having a positive attitude about weight loss will get you off along the path to thin on the right foot, and by celebrating your successes along the way, you'll be encouraged to remain on that path until you reach your destination--a thin, healthy you.

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