Weight Loss Plans

Published:January 17th, 2011

Diet plans come in different shapes, there are support only plans which do not require you buy certain foods, and there are food-delivery plans.

Weight Watchers is a diet plan that is designed to change your eating habits for good. You can choose the monthly pass which includes unlimited meetings and online support. This is the oldest national weight loss program. Nutritionists praise their system which involves portion control points. Each food has a number of assigned points and no foods are forbidden. In order to help their members stay slim, Weight Watchers offers a free lifetime membership for those who have managed to stay within two pounds of their goal weight for a period of six weeks.

eDiets comes with two plans, one that offers only support, and another offering also meal delivery. eDiets Fresh Prepared Meal Delivery offers freshly prepared, calorie controlled meals and you can benefit from a wide variety of choices, including some for diabetics and vegetarians. Using the online tools, you can set goals, plan your menus and generate a shopping list.

Southbeachdiet.com is an online version of the diet created by Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist that advocated a good carbs and good fats diet. You can customize menus through searching the database of more than 1,000 recipes and personalize your shopping list. Online support is offered by dieticians and other members. Carb restricted diets have proven to lead to a greater weight loss and increased heart health.

The Zone diet is mostly made up of fruits and vegetables. Studies have shown that only a modest weight loss was achieved using this diet, compared to Atkins, Weight Watchers or Ornish. Jenny Craig offers packaged food that is nutritionally balanced. It teaches portion control and offers 24/7 phone support and online tools, such as a menu planner, activity planner or progress tracker. It has a good track record for short term weight loss.

Food with a low glycemic index is prominent for the Nutrisystem plan. It is focused on controlling blood sugar levels to achieve weight loss through a diet of 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day.

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