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Weight Loss Diets: The Top Nine Most Popular Weight Loss Diets of All Time
Beverly Anne Sanchez
Learn of the nine most popular weight loss diets of all time and which continues in popularity. Despite unprecedented attacks by the media and those with professional jealousy, guess which of the most popular weight loss diets is once again back in town. Not always the healthiest, but definitely winners in popularity, today, these diets remain on the top charts in use and marketability.
As most of you readers, this writer has always had a problem with "unexplained weight" gained over the years; as a result, I have tried most weight loss diets in existence. However, as many readers have found to their dismay, most popular weight loss diets simply do not work well.
However, just for the fun of it, here listed below are the top 9 most popular weight loss diets ever attempted by the masses as recently selected by numerous nutritionists, physicians and health practitioners, in general.
The reader needs to be reminded, however, these may not be the healthiest, but they are the most popular weight loss diets.
● Weight Watchers
● Atkins Diet
● Zone Diet
● Jenny Craig
● Pritikin Diet
● Ornish Diet
● South Beach Diet
● 6-Day Makeover Diet
This writer is not going to review these individual weight loss diets at this time; however, I'd like to touch on the old saying "what goes around, comes around." It is curious to note that of the above listed nine most popular weight loss diets, the most criticized, maligned and slandered, is having its Montezuma Revenge - the Atkins Diet.
"Like many diet plans, the Atkins Diet continues to evolve, even since its founder died in 2003. It now takes a healthier approach to eating than it previously did. It encourages eating more high-fiber vegetables, accommodates vegetarian and vegan needs, and addresses health problems that may arise when initially starting a low-carb diet."
This quote from the Mayo Clinic website, is simply not true. The Atkins Diet ALWAYS encouraged a healthier approach to eating. However, this was the spin which was tagged on by the media and others, who had not even read through the original diet's contents. It was never a high protein diet. However, this is what was commonly reported by many.
This writer lives by low carb diets because they suit my body's general metabolism and chemistry, naturally.
My medical physician was visibly impressed by lower cholesterol levels/ triglyceride levels, as well the lower blood pressure.
The "proof is in the pudding," as the saying goes, but so are most recent medical evaluations and endorsements by previous detractors. In a CNN interview with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the well-known media physician, he mentioned several serious studies which were then under way concerning the Atkins diet, including one by the National Institutes of Health. They were leaning favorably towards Atkins.
The vindication for Dr. Robert Atkins' plan continues to mount. One independently funded study, conducted by a National Institutes of Health directive, actually matched the Atkins Diet vs.Department of Agriculture's, then Food Pyramid Guidelines. Guess who won hands down?
The year long research study conducted under the supervision of Dr. Gary Foster, an associate professor and the clinical director of Penn's Weight and Eating Disorders Program, found the following data.
"At the three and six-month marks, Foster's team found that the participants lost significantly more weight on the Atkins diet (at six months, 15.4 pounds on Atkins versus 4.2 pounds on the low-fat diet). Even more important, the Atkins dieters registered greater increases in "good" cholesterol (HDL) and greater decreases in triglycerides (fats in the blood) than those following the conventional Food Pyramid diet.
The Atkins Diet, in existence for the last 60 years, is now once again a major player in the world of the most popular weight loss diets. Recent re-evaluations by the National Institutes of Health and the prestigious American Heart Association, point to almost complete vindication.
Even the American Diabetes Association seems to be reversing its position on low carb vs. high carb diets in favor of a low carb diet lifestyle. While no consolation to Dr. Atkins himself who succumbed to death after an accidental fall in 2003, certainly to his family and followers, there is sweet light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.