Keep stocked in your refrigerator or freezer a box of veggie burgers (look for low-sodium varieties). Veggie burgers are a much better choice for your waistline and heart than ground meat. Veggie patties have only about half the calories of regular red meat patties, and zero heart-hurting saturated fat. Plus, they’re so easy to cook – just one or two minutes in the microwave. While toasting your whole-wheat bun, take from your pantry a jar of roasted red bell peppers and top your veggie patty with a couple of luscious slices. Smear your bun with a little low-sodium Dijon mustard.
If you want to lose weight fast, your best bets are Weight Watchers and the HMR Program, according to the health experts who rated the diets below for U.S. News. While these diets enable quick weight loss for those with a short-term goal – there’s a strong chance you’ll drop significant weight within the first 12 months – keep in mind that this is markedly different from long-term weight loss, which is more important for your health.
When it comes to New Year’s resolutions, eating better is at the top of our list. But which diet plan is the best? A panel of health experts — on behalf of U.S. News & World Report — reveal the top-rated diets for 2018.
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Opt for protein-rich foods that have healthy fats, like fresh nuts and seeds, or fatty fish like salmon or mackerel. Avocados are loaded with monounsaturated fats as well as antioxidants lutein, vitamin E and beta-carotene. Toss them in a salad along with vegetable oils, especially olive, canola and nut oils, which you can use as salad dressing.
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DINNER: Bowl of soup; cup of special tea; delicious meal. The lunch and supper recipes are interchangeable as long as you stick to the recipes printed overleaf or create your own, with one protein, one veg and one healthy fat, but no fruit, from the list.
3. Go with natural foods. Our ancestors never saw refined food, and the less you see of it, the better. Focus on minimally processed natural foods, meaning more grains and less refined grains and sugars. Gradually boost your fiber intake to at least 25-30 grams. Whole grains and vegetables contain insoluble fibers that promote healthy digestion, while the soluble fibers in fruits, oats and cooked dried beans and peas lower cholesterol and keep blood sugar steady, helping prevent heart disease and diabetes. Both kinds help control weight.
Olga Dubravina/ShutterstockThe concept of eating high-fiber foods that are low in calories yet filling is a great lifestyle change. Consider how roughly 100 calories looks in the form of these different foods: 2 teaspoons vegetable oil; half of a granola bar; two cups of watermelon; four cups of spinach. It’s easy to see how you can fill up faster—and for fewer calories—on this plan. Here’s how to get more fiber in your diet without even trying.
Many diet pills contain caffeine as a single ingredient or in the form of an herb such as guarana, yerba mate or kola nut. As a stimulant, caffeine increases metabolism, but generally not enough to create a significant weight loss, according to the Office of Dietary Supplements.
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Walnuts are packed with tryptophan, an amino acid your body needs to create the feel-great chemical serotonin. (In fact, Spanish researchers found that walnut eaters have higher levels of this natural mood-regulator.) Another perk: “They’re digested slowly,” said Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center. “This contributes to mood stability and can help you tolerate stress.”
In the long run, 10 days plans can give you a huge appearance of weight loss (water weight), but only a real fat loss of a couple pounds, and unless you are only needing to lose 2 lbs, you otherwise really will need to think longer term. But it is a useful tool to go on a 10 day plan, for many of us. It’s way too boring to constantly slog it out on slow motion plans, and multi-year lifestyle goals are not in the least bit motivating to me. I’ve lost 60 lbs over 3 years, but if I had to think about it that way from the start, I’d have just quit. Those promoting lifestyle changes need to be aware of how devastating their concepts are to some people – everyone is different.
Try this strategy to permanently reduce cravings: Portion out one serving of your favorite treat, taking a minute to smell it, look at it, and think about it. Take one small bite. Chew slowly, moving it around your mouth and focusing on the texture and taste, then swallow. Ask yourself whether you want another bite or if that satisfied you. If you still want more, repeat, this time chewing the food 20 times. Continue this eating exercise for as long as you want or until you finish the serving (it should take about 10 minutes).
The U.S. News & World Report panel of experts evaluated 40 popular diets for their effects on both short- and long-term weight loss, noting that some people want to lose weight quickly, while others want to maintain their weight loss for years to come.
How it works: The acronym stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides and polyols. These are all different carbohydrates that if poorly absorbed can pass through the small intestine and into the colon. Bacteria in the colon then feed on the FODMAPs, producing gas, bloating and pain. A low-FODMAP diet eliminates FODMAP foods for six to eight weeks. After that, small amounts of FODMAP foods are gradually re-introduced to find your personal level of tolerance.
Sautéed carrots and onions. Sauté 1 medium onion, thinly sliced, in 1 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil. Add about 8 ounces sliced carrots, and continue to sauté until the carrots are soft. Add 1 thin pat of butter at the end. (Hints: Top the turkey with the sautéed carrots for extra flavor. If you like very soft carrots, microwave first before sautéing.)
Side effects: The most common side effects include nausea, constipation, headache, vomiting, dizziness, insomnia, dry mouth, and diarrhea. Contrave has a boxed warning about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors associated with bupropion. The warning also notes that serious neuropsychiatric issues linked to bupropion have been reported. Contrave can cause seizures and must not be used in patients who have seizure disorders. The drug can also increase blood pressure and heart rate.