Weight Loss Programs
Weight loss programs come and go. As soon as interest in one diet fad wanes, another one appears out of nowhere. That shows how people have been trying to fight off excess pounds and attain good health for quite some time now. Some weight loss programs have been successful while others became controversial.
Here are some of the more popular weight loss programs:
Atkins Diet – the Atkins Nutritional Approach of Dr. Robert Atkins is one of the most well-known weight loss programs ever created. He introduced his program in 1972 through his book Dr. Atkins’ Diet Revolution. His method dwells on the importance of a low carbohydrate diet to battle obesity. His point of argument is that the limited carbohydrate intake will result to the metabolism of stored fat into energy.
Jenny Craig – the Jenny Craig Diet stresses proper nutrition and exercise and takes a more personal approach to weight loss and management as clients are assigned private counselors to guide and support them through the program. Clients, like celebrities Kristie Alley, Carrie Fisher and Monica Lewinski, are required to regularly exercise and eat pre-packaged food approved by the USDA until the time when they can revert to a normal diet.
Nutrisystem – another one of those weight loss programs that centers on proper eating as a way to lose pounds. Nutritionally balanced foods catering to different age groups, vegetarians and diabetics are delivered to the client’s doorstep.
Pritikin Principle – Nathan Pritikin’s method of weight loss focuses on a natural and unprocessed food diet including fruits, vegetables and whole grains. His program, which once had Robert Atkins and Herman Tarntower as followers, also gave emphasis on daily exercises like brisk walking, jogging, stretching and lifting weights.
Scarsdale Diet – the above-mentioned Dr. Tarntower is behind the Scarsdale Medical Diet, which promoted a high protein, low-calorie and low-fat diet to go with regular exercise. The late doctor introduced his program in 1978 and boasted of a resulting weight loss of 20 pounds in only two weeks.
South Beach Diet – also a high-protein, low-carb and low-fat diet plan, the South Beach Diet differs from others by replacing the “bad” carbs and fats with “good” ones.
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