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Weight Loss - Diet Plans - Top 8

Here are the TOP 8 weight loss diets in the UK!

Top 8 Diet Plans

When you are trying to lose weight, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Achieving long-term fat loss isn’t always easy and there are a plethora of different diets out there which can often give contradictory advice on how best to achieve and maintain a healthy and sustainable weight.

Based on their popularity, here are the TOP 8 weight loss diets in the UK and the tips that they share around achieving fat loss:

The Paleo Diet

Perhaps the most Instagrammable diet plans in recent years, the school of thought around the Paleo movement is that the human body does not correlate with modern eating habits and industrial farming practices.

Sometimes referred to as the Caveman diet, it really goes back to basics and includes lean meats, fish, plenty of fruit and, veg, nuts and seeds. Going paleo limits post-industrial foodstuffs such as dairy products, and sources of fibre like whole grains. Long-term weight loss with the Paleo diet is claimed to be achieved through drinking plenty of water throughout the diet along with regular exercise.

The Vegan Diet

Not simply a weight loss diet but a holistic lifestyle which extends to making conscious choices about the environment more broadly including the clothes we wear and not just the food we eat.

The Vegan Diet is a completely plant-based approach and involves no animal products whatsoever including any dairy products such as staples like eggs, cheese, milk and butter which might be acceptable for veggies and pescatarians. Veganism cuts out all meat, seafood and is predominantly made up of fruit, vegetables, nuts and seeds.

 

Weight Loss – Diet Plans – Top 8

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Top 8 Diet Plans FAQ

What is the Paleo Diet?

Perhaps the most Instagrammable diet plans in recent years, the school of thought around the Paleo movement is that the human body does not correlate with modern eating habits and industrial farming practices.

What is a Vegan Diet?

Not simply a weight loss diet but a holistic lifestyle which extends to making conscious choices about the environment more broadly including the clothes we wear and not just the food we eat.

What are Low-Carb Diets?

Perhaps a more flexible approach to weight loss than the diets we have discussed so far, with anything up to around 100 grams of carbs per day being classed as a low in carbohydrate diet programme.

What is the Atkins Diet?

Undeniably, one of the most famous early noughties weight loss diets is the Atkins programme known for restricting carbohydrates throughout the day.

What is a Mediterranean Diet?

When we think about the Mediterranean lifestyle, it wouldn’t necessarily be our first choice when it comes to choosing a fat loss diet. Typically, we’d imagine sharing lots of dishes made up of carbohydrates like bread and pasta with cheese, red wine along with a generous serving of extra-virgin olive oil for good measure.

Low-Carb Diets

Perhaps a more flexible approach to weight loss than the diets we have discussed so far, with anything up to around 100 grams of carbs per day being classed as a low in carbohydrate diet programme.

Restricting carbs is well known to boost your weight loss and this can mean cutting our intake of pasta, rice, cereals, bread and potatoes where possible. This diet instead focuses on proteins, including meat, poultry, fish and eggs, and some non-starchy vegetables like green beans, spinach, celery, broccoli and cabbage.

The Dukan Diet

Based on a best-selling diet book originally published in 2000, this controversial plan has come under a lot of public scrutiny and media attention for the risk to your overall health.

This diet is split into four different phases in order to achieve fat loss, the duration of which depends on your goal weight and exactly how much weight loss is required to achieve what is considered to be a healthy body mass index [BMI].

Essentially, it is a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that is claimed to result in rapid weight loss without feelings of hunger. It places a huge emphasis on protein-rich foods adding certain vegetables as you move onto the next stage. Limited portions of carbohydrates and healthy fats are then added in the third phase, with more relaxed guidelines in the fourth and final phase.

 

The Ultra-Low-Fat Diet

This aim of most weight loss diet plans is to reduce our fat intake to some degree especially when it comes to saturated fats which are considered empty calories with little to no nutritional benefit.

However this diet goes a step further and sets guidelines so that fats make up no more than 10% of our daily calorie count. Taking inspiration from Veganism by focusing predominantly on certain plant-based foods which are deemed to have very little fat which can be problematic in itself.

The NHS actually recommends that a small amount of fat is an essential part of a healthy, balanced diet. Fat is a source of essential fatty acids, which the body cannot make itself.

The Atkins Diet

Undeniably, one of the most famous early noughties weight loss diets is the Atkins programme known for restricting carbohydrates throughout the day.

Made up of 4 phases depending on where you are on your fat loss journey, the diet is centred around lots of protein with an abundance of low-carb vegetables and healthy sources of fat including avocado, olive oil as well as fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, tuna, sardines, mackerel and trout.

The HCG Diet

HCG is actually the hormone that pregnancy tests look for as there is a sudden uplift in the production of this protein-based hormone when women first become pregnant.

This diet uses a combination of HCG, either through injections, pills or sprays, and an extremely low calorie intake to achieve substantial fat loss. It is claimed that HCG can actually help to boost your metabolism alongside a very-low calorie diet of around 500 calories a day without feeling hungry.

This is an extreme diet that can result in rapid weight loss of around 1-2 pounds a day. It is worth considering that The NHS advises that healthy weight loss is between 0.5kg and 1kg. That’s between around 1lb and 2lb a week. Losing weight faster than this and you’re at risk of health problems including malnutrition and gallstones, as well a feeling of being tired and unwell.

Mediterranean Diet

When we think about the Mediterranean lifestyle, it wouldn’t necessarily be our first choice when it comes to choosing a fat loss diet. Typically, we’d imagine sharing lots of dishes made up of carbohydrates like bread and pasta with cheese, red wine along with a generous serving of extra-virgin olive oil for good measure.

However the NHS actually advises that, in general, it’s high in vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, beans, cereals, grains, fish, and unsaturated fats such as olive oil. It usually includes a low intake of meat and dairy foods.

Think seasonal produce, lots of fresh fruit and vegetables along with fish and seafood – even a daily glass of red wine is allowed under this diet plan!

In the first instance, if you have concerns about your weight and are considering changing your eating habits, we would advise talking to your GP before starting a completely new diet.


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