With many goal-getters pondering potential New Year diets, we asked you what your favourite New Year resolution weight loss plan is. We then began to delve deep into the world of health and fitness to discover which ones really work.
A survey conducted by My Favourite Voucher Codes concluded that the Slimming World Diet is by far the most popular diet for those looking to lose weight in 2017. Its astounding results showed 63% of the public opting for Slimming World dieting techniques while 24% preferred Weight Watchers, 13% Paleo and 0% agreed with the Atkins Diet. These staggering results display some of the common changes in the health industry, with Atkins going from hero to zero in the last decade.
Slimming World: A huge 63% of the public voted Slimming World to be the favourite New Year weight loss plan. Slimming World is a fat-loss programme that holds weekly meetings and weigh-ins but also have their own diet concept to help consumers to enjoy a variety of food while still losing weight.
Weight Watchers: Another famous business with a variety of foods and scoring options. Weight Watchers judge their food by categorising them and applying points to them. You can only total so many points a day; they also have their own food brand. A smaller percentage of 24% said they’d prefer this diet to Slimming World, Paleo or Atkins.
Paleo: Paleo is a diet that tries to replicate one of the caveman days, it contains little carbs, and a lot of meat and vegetables. Just 13% voted this option.
Atkins: The Atkins Diet was left abandoned in the latest survey, it has recently been demonised and has been carried out dangerously in the past, so this could explain the lack of votes.
It can be hard to not become overwhelmed with so many options, but the public have spoken, how will those who carry out a Slimming World Diet fare and could be better to just generally eat healthier overall?
Health is a somewhat subjective term, as many people perceive it differently, what’s healthy to one may not be necessarily healthy for another. That’s why it’s key to choose a plan that can help you meet your goals, because simply making your resolution ‘to eat healthier’ is a loose statement and can be easily counterproductive if not done correctly.
So which one of these New Year diets actually work, we unravel the best fat loss diets and lay down the facts for a healthier you.
Slimming World Diet
So 2017’s favourite diet has been chosen, and it’s Slimming World’s diet! Why is this, is it simply because there’s more cheats and options to stuff our face or does it genuinely work best for losing weight?
It’s time to scrutinise some of the most popular diets in order to grasp the pros and cons.
What is it?
As previously mentioned, it offers the chance for you to join a local club to meet for motivation, advice and weigh-ins. People receive prizes and more, but you’re not obliged to visit. You can simply undergo their diet plan, it is a guide that entails a variety of food. There’s no calorie counting, and you can eat some ‘free foods’ as often as you want.
· You can enjoy fruit, vegetables, pasta, potatoes, rice, lean meat, egg and fish as much as you like, as they are listed as ‘free foods’.
· It’s nutritionally balanced and doesn’t involve a drastic reduction of food
· Includes occasional treats and tasty foods
· Fantastic to begin instant weight-loss
· Is difficult to stick to long-term
· There are initial side-effects such as nausea and dry mouth with lack of carbs and fibre
Another diet that leaves the choices in your hands while giving you a guide to help steer you into the right direction. Following this ensures that you reduce your calories.
What is it?
This company encourages check-ins, meetings and more. But they have their own way of implementing a diet, you can eat anything you like as long as you stick to your points plan. Each food is worth so many points, and you can’t exceed that daily total.
· Offers variety and if you go off-track it’s easy to get back to your routine
· Has effective weight-loss techniques by reducing calories
· You can buy their own meal range that is easy to follow on the guide
· Isn’t great for a long-term lifestyle change
· It feels like constant working-out of points throughout the day
Paleo has become more and more popular over recent years and that’s because it is a very effective way to not just lose weight but to improve performance and fitness.
What is it?
This diet consists of plenty of meat and vegetables and is often perceived as a lifestyle rather than a diet. A lot of its principles rely on the caveman days and the aim is to keep it basic.
· You will be eliminating many processed foods
· Not only will you reduce calories but you will also be cutting down on sugar
· You will feel good with less junk food
· It’s a ‘back to basics’ concept that doesn’t involve too much working out and thought process
· It has a huge amount of meat and contradicts some of the usual recommendations from health practitioners
· It can get boring
· Most will experience headaches and dizziness in the preliminary stages
Nobody voted for the Atkins Diet and that is hardly surprising with the bad press it has received. But since then there have been some slight alterations or rebranding, there’s now been a lot more research and some follow a similar concept with the ketogenic diet (keto).
What is it?
It’s a low carb diet created by the late Dr Robert Atkins, the theory is to starve your body of carbohydrates and quickly burn fat. With so many benefits from rice, potatoes, bananas and other carb’ sources it soon underwent criticism. The aim of the diet is to constantly be in a state of fat-burning.
· It offers fast weight loss results
· Encourages people to cut carbs, sugar and alcohol
· Has been linked with different recoveries and illness reversing but research is limited
· Has many healthy fat options such as coconut oil, avocado and nuts
· Can be dangerous if not researched and carried out correctly
· Many dieters feel ill during the first weeks due to the huge cut of sugar
· Concerns about the recommendation to add salt