What’s the Low-down on the Three Most Popular Diets for the summer?
Diet #1: The Dukan Diet — gained its popularity because Kate Middleton was on it as she prepared to walk down the aisle. J. Lo & Kelly Osbourne have followed it.
Created by a French doctor, Dr. Dukan, about 10 years ago, but it’s hitting shelves in the US now. The plan has 4 phases with the first one being ultra-strict, only allowing lean protein (skinless chicken, fish, beef, eggs, low-fat dairy) but no carbs (no fruits, vegetables, beans, grains).
- You are supposed to focus on eating leaner proteins, so you shouldn’t clog your arteries with high-fat protein foods.
- Dieters have reported that they liked that they didn’t have to count calories.
- You may be motivated since you may see results due to quick water loss and calorie reduction diet
- Mineral and vitamin deficiencies in phase one
- Headaches, flu-like symptoms, mood swings and fatigue from no brain or muscle fuel from lack of carbohydrates
- Constipation from lack of fiber during phase one
- Bad breath is evident in phase one
- Avoidance of healthy foods like fruits, veggies, beans and whole grains
The Nutrition Twins words of advice: Skip this diet unless you’re interested in being exhausted, constipated and having bad breath. You may lose a few pounds during the extremely restrictive first phase, but your body may also not get many important nutrients necessary for good health. It’s not worth it.
Diet #2: The Master Cleanse: Made popular by Beyonce; she went on it to look her best for Dreamgirls. Beyonce was said to have lost 20 pounds following it and then gained it all back. Robin Quivers was said to have followed it too.
What it is: The cleanse involves drinking only a mixture of fresh lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper, as well as a laxative tea and/or a saline solution to flush out the lower gastrointestinal system. No solid food is eaten for the entire cleanse.
Some followers claim it alleviates cravings.
- Some common side effects of the diet include sores in the mouth, feeling tired or fatigued, having body aches and similar feelings to the flu. The diet creators say this lousy feeling is from the toxins your body is ridding, but more likely it’s from not getting enough fuel to function normally.
- No scientific evidence that it removes any “toxins”, or that this diet achieves anything beyond temporary weight loss. Though unlikely to be harmful over the short term, it can be harmful over the long term.
- This is the ultimate yo-yo weight plan because there is no protein and you’re consuming so few calories that your body ends up eating your own muscle for fuel. When you return to eat normally you have less muscle so you burn fewer calories and gain the weight back quickly.
- The body is designed to eliminate normal everyday toxins on its own through the lungs, kidneys, liver, and other eliminator organs, so this extreme diet isn’t necessary.
- There’s a lack of essential nutrients in this program: it’s deficient in protein, vitamins, and minerals.
- Followers may experience headaches, dizziness, weakness and a variety of other symptoms in the short term and the diet is potentially harmful over the long term due to its’ restrictive nature.
- The Nutrition Twins final words: Skip this diet unless your goal is to gain back the weight you lose and more within days of coming off of this diet.
Diet # 3: Atkins Diet – The forever popular high protein, low carb diet.
- It makes followers aware of the carbohydrates they are getting. Most of us tend to overdo carbohydrates, so it’s good to be careful not to overdo it.
- People often feel very deprived and wind up stopping the plan and bingeing.
- Followers often feel exhausted.
- The plan is usually high in artery clogging saturated fat and cholesterol and low in fiber and vitamins. The plan avoids whole grains which can help to prevent cancer, diabetes and heart disease.
The Nutrition Twins final words on this diet: If you want to cut back on carbs a bit, this may not be a bad idea as most people do tend to overeat them. However, if you cut them out completely, you’ll lack many important nutrients in your diet including fiber and you’ll feel exhausted—we don’t recommend this! We want you to feel good! So follow these tips below.
Tips to lose weight by summer: This is the healthy way, without turning to starvation or extreme diets! Simple changes equal big long-lasting results!
1. Lose 5 pounds:
This is our “Drink Your Nutrients, Not Your Calories” trick: Instead of your daily soda, swap it for tea or iced tea with lemon, orange or lime for extra flavor. If you swap out 2 sodas daily, you’ll lose 5 pounds by the end of June! Plus, tea is packed with disease-fighting flavonoids and keeps blood vessels healthy.
2. Do this and lose another 5 pounds = 10 pounds total lost!
Ditch the butter in your pan for cooking, on your toast, on your corn and on your veggies and replace it with butter spray. The spray is calorie and fat free, but gives you the great buttery flavor. Plus, by getting rid of the 3 tablespoons of butter that you would have used, you’ll save another 5 pounds by the end of June!
3. Do this and lose 5 more pounds = 15 pounds lost!
Swap out those snacks for pistachios! Instead of going for the chips or pretzels that will set you back hundreds of calories in minutes. Have 30 pistachios instead. They take time to open and they’re just 100 calories. Instead of 2 ounces of chips, go for the pistachios.
4. Do this and lose 5 more pounds= 20 pounds lost!
Leave the last 4 bites off 2 of your meals each day. It’s an easy thing to do, you’ll save about 25 calories a bite and it will create another 5 pound weight loss by the end of June! Small changes equal massive results!
5. Do this and lose 5 more pounds = 25 pounds lost by the end of June!
Exercise! No one wants to hear it, but walk daily for 40 minutes and you’ll burn 300 calories. This means you’ll lose another five pounds by the end of June!