After many of us have determined to lose weight or get in shape – magazines, newspapers, television and radio bombard us with diet and weight-loss options. Diets are promoted through books and over the Internet.

Be skeptical. Some are more hype than substance. Some are downright dangerous.

Fad diets can usually be recognized by promises made by promoters. As you review the information about a particular diet plan or weight loss product, ask yourself, “Is it too good to be true?”Unfortunately, many diets are empty promises. Beware of diet plans or weight loss products if:

  • Miraculous, fast results are promised.
  • No time or effort is said to be required
  • Claims are made that calories don’t count.
  • Eating a variety of foods is not stressed.
  • Claims are made that diets either high or low in certain nutrients have special weight-reducing powers.
  • Certain foods have special powers to cause selective weight loss (for example, hips and thighs).

There is no dietary shortcut to weight control and long-term health. The magic pill, cream, skin patch, wrap or dietary supplement for weight loss does not exist. You have to be active enough to burn 3,500 calories to lose a pound of body fat. Fast weight loss (more than one to two pounds per week) reflects water – not fat – loss. Your plan should be to eat well and enjoy some type of physical activity daily.

The USDA’s “Dietary Guidelines for Americans,” released in 2005, recommends consuming a variety of nutrient-rich foods and beverages from the basic foods groups and meeting calorie needs by balancing food intake with activity.

Fad diets that ignore the principles of the Dietary Guidelines – available at – might result in short-term weight loss, but might do so at the risk of your health.

How you go about managing your weight has a lot to do with your long-term success. Gradual weight loss should be your goal, unless your physician says your health is seriously at risk due to complications from being overweight or obese.

Permanent, safe weight loss involves permanent lifestyle changes in which you consume fewer calories and become more active. It also is very important that before beginning any weight-loss program, you talk with your doctor.

What is diet?

Diet is called specially selected by a quantity, the composition of energy value and the method of preparation food ration, and also the weight loss diet program.
There are diets medical and weight loss diet. Medical diets a little, they are known for a long time, necessary, checked up, effective for treatment of some illnesses and rehabilitation. To weight reduction they attitudes have no.

Weight loss diets the huge quantity, and every day appear all new and new. Among them it is possible to allocate following versions –

Separate meal.
Supporters of the theory of separate meal consider what to eat all is possible and in any reasonable quantities, impossible to use products incompatible with each other simultaneously only. However the majority of doctors do not recommend a separate meal. In their opinion, application of this technique – artificial infringement of normal digestion.
Provide the use only one foodstuff . They too rigid and dangerous to body. Besides if to enter application of a monodiet into system or to not adhere to the moderate use of food after its termination, the former weight will quickly be restored.
Albuminous diets
A maximum of fiber (meat and a fish), a minimum of all rest. As a rule, it is rather “rigid” diets.
Fatty diet.
To lose weight, it is necessary to use mainly fat food, mainly meat and bacon. Animal protein and fats are easily acquired and give a maximum of energy.
Vegetarian diet
A good, healthy diet, however difficult. But it in itself does not give strongly pronounced effect of weight loss.
The most known and popular diets:


South Beach diet, Atkins diet, Lemonade and Grapefruit diet

Apply diets correctly


  • Consult with the doctor-dietitian, it will help to pick up the most effective for you diet.
  • if suffer any chronic disease, necessarily consult with the doctor – some diets can be categorically counter-indicative to you.
  • Try to pick up a diet including food which you love
  • Be not overzealous. At all do not use a diet, longer and more often, than it is recommended. Do not reduce caloric content too (women should consume not less than 1000-1200 calories in day, men – 1700-2000).
  • If at application of any diet for loss of weight at you the state of health has noticeably worsened, have appeared (aggravation) of any diseases, immediately stop application of this diet.
  • To loss weight it is easier, than to keep the reached result. After end of a diet do not eat all successively, and smoothly, gradually pass to the normal balanced mode.