15 Eating Plans That Actually Help People Lose Weight

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If you are sick of trying diets that don’t work, you aren’t alone. So many diets make a lot of promises, only to fail you. It’s not you, it’s the diet. That’s an important distinction. So if you are ready to try an eating plan that actually works for people, give one of these 15 a try.

1. Noom

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Noom is more of a guide than an actual diet. It will ask you a lot of questions upfront to make sure it is tailoring your eating plan to your needs. From there, you just have to track your food intake and movement.

2. Mediterranean Diet

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The Mediterranean Diet is a plant-based eating pattern inspired by Mediterranean countries. It emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and healthy fats like olive oil. It includes moderate amounts of fish, poultry, and dairy while limiting red meat and sweets. The diet is known for its health benefits, promoting heart health and reducing the risk of chronic diseases. It encourages a balanced approach to eating and an active lifestyle.

3. The Vegan Diet

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While giving up all animal products is not for everyone, many people are finding incredible health benefits with a plant-based, vegan diet.

4. The Clean Eating Diet

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This style of eating focuses on avoiding all processed foods and, instead, focusing on real food that hasn’t been altered by manufacturers. So eating clean focuses on fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, beans, and plenty of water.

5. The Next 56 Days

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This eating plan focuses heavily on controlling blood sugar which the program owners say is great even for people who don’t have blood sugar problems. With a very short list of foods you can’t have (due to how they spike your blood sugar), the program focuses on watching calories but also on making sure you get the correct amounts of three primary things; Protein, fiber, and water.

6. The 5:2 Diet

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The 5:2 Diet, also known as the Fast Diet, is a type of intermittent fasting where you eat normally for five days of the week and restrict your calorie intake on the remaining two days. On those two fasting days, typically non-consecutive, you consume only around 25% of your normal daily calorie intake, which is roughly 500-600 calories for women and 600-700 calories for men. On non-fasting days, you are encouraged to eat a balanced and healthy diet.

7. The French Woman Diet

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The French Woman Diet is a lifestyle approach to eating inspired by the traditional eating habits of French women. It emphasizes mindful and intuitive eating, savoring meals, and adopting a balanced approach to food. The diet focuses on incorporating fresh, whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains, and dairy products. It also encourages portion control and avoiding overindulgence. French women typically prioritize quality over quantity and enjoy indulgent foods in moderation. This diet promotes a healthy relationship with food, emphasizes pleasure and enjoyment, and encourages finding satisfaction in smaller portions of high-quality ingredients.

8. Weight Watchers

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Weight Watchers, now known as WW, is a flexible weight loss program that promotes balanced eating and wellness. It assigns point values to foods for portion control and provides support through meetings and online tools. WW focuses on long-term success and healthier habits for sustainable weight management.

9. The MIND Diet

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While not focused on weight loss, this healthy change in diet can often result in weight loss. The MIND Diet is a brain-healthy eating plan that combines elements of the Mediterranean and DASH diets. It focuses on foods like vegetables, berries, whole grains, nuts, fish, and olive oil while limiting unhealthy fats and processed foods. The MIND Diet is designed to support brain health and reduce the risk of cognitive decline.

10. The DASH Diet

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The DASH Diet is a healthy eating plan designed to lower blood pressure. It focuses on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and low-fat dairy while limiting sodium, saturated fats, and added sugars. The DASH Diet supports heart health and is backed by scientific research.

11. Intermittent Fasting

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Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern that involves cycling between periods of fasting and eating. It has gained popularity for its potential health benefits, including weight loss, improved insulin sensitivity, reduced inflammation, and enhanced cellular repair processes.

12. Plant-Based Diets

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Plant-based diets focus on consuming foods primarily derived from plants, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts. They can provide a range of nutrients while reducing the consumption of animal products. Some folks do it for weight loss, while others do it for their moral beliefs. No matter what your reason, it can be a healthy upgrade to your overall diet.

13. Low-Carb Diets

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Low-carb diets restrict carbohydrate intake, emphasizing proteins, healthy fats, and non-starchy vegetables. They aim to promote weight loss and stabilize blood sugar levels. One popular low-carb diet is the Keto diet. The keto diet is a low-carbohydrate, high-fat eating plan that aims to shift the body into a state of ketosis, where it primarily burns fat for fuel.

14. The Mayo Clinic Diet

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The Mayo Clinic Diet is a weight loss program that combines healthy eating, physical activity, and behavior change. It emphasizes making sustainable lifestyle changes for long-term success.

15. The Volumetrics Diet

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The Volumetrics Diet focuses on consuming foods with low energy density, such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, to promote feelings of fullness while managing calorie intake. It encourages a balanced approach to eating.

Need To Create More Balance In The Foods You Eat?

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You’ve probably heard about the 80/20 rule but never really looked closely at what those numbers actually mean. Here, I break it down for you.

Does A Plant-Based Diet Sound Interesting?

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If you are interested in a vegan or plant-based diet, don’t get overwhelmed when trying to figure it out. Here’s a guide on how to get started.

Frustrated About Trying To Figure Out What Your Body Really Wants?

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Sometimes it’s really hard to know what your body wants or needs. But you don’t have to get frustrated and give up. Here’s a guide on how to figure things out.

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I'm Tiffany, a writer for MSN and the AP Newswire, a cookbook author, digital publisher, food lover, and mom. I create healthy, clean eating recipes for everyday living.

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