Sunday, January 28, 2018

Best Diets for Weight Loss in 2018

So many people make a resolution to lose a few pounds in 2018.  If you are one of them, what  would be a healthy weight loss diet? So many weight loss diets are “bad” diets as they are fads, diets that take away food groups and take away nutrients.  Last week we talked about the Whole30 diet which is ranked as one of the worst diets to be on.  These types of fad diets don’t change your lifestyle but offer a quick solution but for so many a temporary solution.  Yes, you may lose some weight but once you go “off” the diet, you gain the weight back.  US News & World Report not only ranks the Best Diets for Health 2018, and the Worst Diets for Health 2018, but also the Best Weight-Loss Diets.  

Why does US News & World Report rank a weight-loss diet a winner?  The experts ranking the diets not only look for fast weight loss, but also lasting weight loss.  They noted some diets did well in the short term, people lost weight on the diet, but long-term results, not so good.  A diet really isn’t successful if you gain all the weight back that you wanted to say good bye to. 

What Weight Loss Diets were ranked the best by US News & World Report?
1.       Weight Watchers = Number 1 Diet for Weight Loss in 2018 (It was also number 1 for weight loss in 2017).  Weight Watchers scored the highest for overall weight loss and fast weight loss, and experts said it’s a smart, effective diet.  They note you will lose about 2 pounds a week on this diet.
a.       Pros:  Healthier eating. In 2015, Weight Watchers launched a Weight Watchers Beyond the Scale Program focusing on healthier eating, moving more and changing your mindset.  Thus, this is one diet program that helps you learn to eat healthier and encourages exercise.  This diet doesn’t just focus on counting calories but on making healthier food choices.  In Weight Watchers, you count points, not calories.  Unlike many diets, Weight Watchers doesn’t just focus on lowering calories.  It also helps you choose healthier foods, foods with less saturated fat, less added sugar and more protein.  There is mobile App to use on your smartphone. Fitness – you count points for food and you count points for exercise.  But not just going to the gym, cleaning your house adds points, mowing the lawn, walking the dog.  Basically, get moving points.
b.      Cons – some people don’t like all the counting of points.  A student in my class said their mother was happy counting the points but their dad said he just wanted to eat when out in a restaurant and didn’t want to figure out the points for every food on his plate.  But Weight Watchers offers a “Menu Master” to guide you on how to eat healthy when eating out. 
Weight Watchers
      2.  Volumetrics Diet = Number 2 Diet for Weight Loss in 2018 – last year it was ranked number 3 for weight loss.  Volumetrics earned high marks for being safe and nutritious, and experts said it could have positive effect on heart health and diabetes.    
a.       Pros – this diet is focused on foods loaded with nutrients, not loaded with calories.  Thus, more fruits and vegetables which are low in calories but full of nutrients.  A nutrition professor from Penn State University is behind this diet.  She divides foods into 4 groups – not the basic four, but new groups based on energy density (or calorie density).  Nonstarchy fruits and vegetables are number one or category one.  Then comes the starchy fruits and vegetables along with grains, cereals, low -fat meats and other low-fat foods.  Junk food ends up in the 4th category – the chips, candy, cookies.  It is interesting that nuts are put in the 4th category as nuts are a healthy food choice.  Cost is a pro as there are no expensive foods to buy.  You do need to buy a book to give you guidance on what to eat and cook on this diet.
b.      Cons -  You have to keep track of what food is in what category.  If you choose a higher calorie food, you might be able to eat only a portion of it to fit into your daily allotment.  Thus, if you eat a large bowl of soup, you can then only eat 1/6th of a cheeseburger. (WebMD).  Exercise is not a major focus although the diet encourages walking.  You add 150 steps a day with your first goal of 1,000 steps a day and then increasing your daily steps to 10,000 a day.  WebMD notes that on this diet, “you won’t lose weight in a hurry.”  You can read a lot more about each diet at the Best Weight-Loss Diets website and by going to the websites of each of the above programs.
Volumetrics Diet
      3.    Jenny Craig Diet = Number 3 Diet for Weight Loss in 2018 (was tied for second place in 2017).  Jenny Craig drew praise for being easy to follow, nutritionally complete and safe, but experts were lukewarm about its potential to bolster heart health or help diabetics. .
a.      Pros – this program offers meals that come to you with calories already counted for you.  These prepackaged meals not only restrict calories but restrict fat and have smaller portions.   They also provide recipes so you can make foods that fit into their diet program.  Like Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig promotes an active lifestyle and healthier eating patterns.  Studies do show you will lose weight on this program, about 2 pounds a week, as long as you stay on the program.
b.      Cons – cost – you will pay for the pre-packaged food. US News & World Report notes the enrollment fee is $99 and food costs can run $15 to $23 dollars each day which equates to $450 to $690 a month.  So not a cheap way to lose weight.  You can eat out occasionally, but the program is based on Jenny Craig foods delivered to you or you make.  A male student in my class chose this diet to lose weight for a future mountain climbing trip.  He lost weight, but said he was quite hungry at times. 

Jenny Craig
Try a diet that works for you.  One you can follow and stay on.  One that not only results in weight loss but lifestyle changes that help you keep off any weight you do lose.  WebMD has good advice to follow:  to prevent disease and stay active for life, you do need to exercise. So be sure to add this into your new lifestyle!  (Jenny Craig Review).  Next week we will look at some other ideas for losing weight and keeping it off. 


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  2. Nice post and great info here on the various diets. Keep up the good work!

  3. Great post and thank you for sharing.
    my diet has been up and down these past few months.
    I will have to give one of these a try.

    1. Give one of the diets a try and write back to let us know how it goes.

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  5. Nice post! What diet do you think is going to be hot this year? Keto?

  6. As noted in my post on 1-28-2018, the best diets for weight loss are Weight Watchers, rated number 1 and Jenny Craig ranked second. These will probably be the recommended diets to lose weight in 2019. Fad diets like the keto diet, are not the best way to lose weight. A diet to follow for overall health is the Mediterranean Diet. To read more about the highest rated weight loss diet plans and diets for good, overall health, go to: