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The best diets for weight loss
In the book Triumph Over Disease , Jack Goldstein, DPM, outlines his true story in overcoming ulcerative colitis by sticking to strict water fasting and a vegetarian diet. Goldstein is one of very few people who has tested his own tongue scrapings, urine, feces, even perspiration during a water fast, Strychacz says.
Strychacz would like to conduct a study of fasting's effects on atherosclerosis. He claims not only to arrest but actually reverse atherosclerosis. I would argue that if a low-fat diet will reverse it, then what about a no-fat diet? Some still consider fasting -- in any form -- to be "out there. Would I feed them to my family? But the psychological or spiritual effect can't be discounted, says Dillard.
It has powerful psychological, religious, spiritual meaning. That has its own positive effect on health. But we need to separate that from saying this is science or good medicine. Just don't look at water fasts or juice diets as a weight -loss solution. As with the Atkins diet , restricting carbohydrates causes you to lose weight -- but you'll gain it all back, says Dillard.
Juice diets do prevent your body from going into a state called ketosis , he says. Ketosis means your body has no carbohydrates to burn for energy, so it has to burn stored fat or whatever else is available, he tells WebMD. That's what makes you feel like hell during a [water-only] fast. But is that because the toxins are coming out? You're going into ketosis. It's just like the Atkins diet.
The weight you lose is water weight. People are encouraged to eat from 10 brain-healthy food groups: They are also told to avoid foods from five food groups: Tied for fifth place, the TLC Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes diet is meant to help people cut down on high cholesterol.
Adherents cut down on fat overall, especially saturated fat. They are also encouraged to eat more fiber. People who follow the volumetrics diet—also tied for fifth place—are told to pay attention to the energy density in foods, which is the number of calories in a certain amount of food.
Foods that have high energy density will have lots of calories for a little amount of food, whereas low energy density foods have fewer calories for more food. The Mediterranean encourages red wine. The Mediterranean diet also ranked first on the US News and World Report list for easiest diet to follow, best plant-based diet and best diet for diabetes.
It came in second for best heart-healthy diet, just behind DASH. Meals from the sunny Mediterranean have been linked to stronger bones, a healthier heart, a lower risk of dementia and breast cancer, and longer life, along with a reduced risk for diabetes and high blood pressure. The diet emphasises simple, plant-based cooking, with the majority of each meal focused on fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and seeds, with a few nuts and a heavy emphasis on extra virgin olive oil. Say goodbye to refined sugar or flour.
Fats other than olive oil, such as butter, are consumed rarely, if at all. Meat can make a rare appearance, but usually only to flavour a dish. Meals may include eggs, dairy and poultry, but in much smaller portions than in the traditional Western diet. However, fish are a staple, and an optional glass of wine with dinner is on the menu.
The flexitarian diet came in third on the list of best overall diets for its emphasis on whole grains, fruits, veggies and plant-based proteins. The flexitarian diet, which involves the occasional consumption of meat, came in as the third best diet.