As a personal trainer I am constantly inundated with questions about dieting and losing weight. When you begin to look at these topics, and specifically at dieting, one thing quickly comes to light. There are so many diet plans out there that wading through them all (and choosing one that works) can be extremely difficult. With that, let’s first cover what a good diet plan is and what it is not.
First, a diet plan alone is NOT the only thing you need to stay in good health. It may be able to help you take some weight off, but you should add in a daily exercise plan to be sure you keep that weight off.
Second, NOT everyone needs a diet plan. For those who just need to shed a pound or two, exercise is the better way to take it off.
Third, a good diet plan IS an excellent way to lose weight. In fact, if you choose the right diet plan you may be able to finally get the figure that you want.. The best diet plans will help you to lose weight and stay healthy at the same time. The better plans will also teach you how to keep that weight off and not just lose a few pounds in the short term.
Fourth, if you don’t choose the right diet it could seriously affect your health. Too many of the latest fad diets are actually dangerous, and some of them are so dangerous that they may land you in a hospital. A good diet plan should never negatively affect your health.
To help you out, I along with some people who wanted to lose some weight (my clients), took the time to evaluate the top diet plans on the market today. I based my evaluations on the following criteria.
Weight Loss – Obviously the main goal of any diet plan is to lose weight.
Health Factor / Safety – Did the diet plan allow you to stay healthy while you worked to lose weight. Really, some fad diets are downright dangerous so safety is a concern when choosing a plan.
Ease of Use (Simplicity) – Was it easy to learn how to cook foods for the diet plan? A good diet plan shouldn’t require you to become a chef.
Long Term Weight Loss – Did the program teach you how to keep the weight off in the longer term.
Value for your Money – Programs that teach you how to lose weight cost money. Did the plan give enough content for the cost of the package itself?
Motivation Factor – A good program should motivate you to use it, and not just teach you how to cook for your new diet.
Enjoyment Factor – Was the diet plan enjoyable? Most diets fail because everything they suggest for you to eat tastes like cardboard. Higher ratings were given to diet plans that suggested food that is both tasty and healthy.
Overall Rating – Based on all of the above, how well did the program rate?
To evaluate each diet plan we tested them over a six month period of time. Before anyone used them, I first evaluated the program for safety, and then with the programs deemed safe by me I had five of my clients use each diet plan. To ensure that the evaluations were fair 3 of those who tested each program had more than 100 pounds to lose and 2 had 50 pounds or less to take off. Each month our test subjects were weighed, and they shared their thoughts about their progress (and the diet plan) thus far.
Below you will find our ratings for the top five weight-loss programs on the market today. These five make up those that were safe, helped my clients to lose weight, and taught them to keep it off. The clear winner from the evaluations was Fat Loss 4 Idiots, but all of the diet plans in our top five helped those who used them to lose weight.
If you need any help choosing the diet plan that’s right for you, please don’t hesitate to email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). I have no problem working with those who are trying to better their own health. Also, once you have started your diet plan, please do contact me and let me know. Let me know how your diet is going, and how you feel as you take the trip to becoming a slimmer you!
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Fat Loss 4 Idiots
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The clear winner from our evaluations was Fat Loss 4 Idiots. This one program helped more people lose weight than any other program on our list, and those who used it also lost more weight than those who were evaluating the other programs we tested.
This one is mostly a diet program and doesn’t go a lot into exercise. The best part about Fat Loss 4 Idiots though is that it works very well. This one isn’t a fad diet. It won’t have you eating high-carb or low-carb foods, and it won’t put your health at risk.
Fat Loss 4 Idiots is a complete solution that concentrates on eating the right foods and at the right times. This is the type of diet plan that really works since it helps your body to use its natural hormones to help burn fat.
Those who used this program lost a lot of weight. In fact, I had one tester who took off 150lbs in just four months, and she ended up looking and feeling better than she had in years.
The problem I have with many diet plans is that they get you eating foods that make you feel less energetic. This isn’t the case with Fat Loss 4 Idiots, and everyone who used this diet plan actually reported an increase in energy. Best of all, they got that increase from eating foods that they enjoyed, and nothing in this diet plan will have you eating cardboard for dinner.
For simple effectiveness, a great safety factor, and being the most enjoyable diet plan on our list, we are giving Fat Loss 4 Idiots our highest recommendation.
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December Update: I’ve just learned that Fat Loss 4 Idiots is currently being offered for 50% off. That means that for a limited time you can buy this $80 diet plan for only $39.95. I’ve been told that this is a limited-time offer and that the price will soon jump back up to $80.
In Summary: All my testers who used this program lost more weight, and in a shorter time-frame than with any other diet plan on our list. As such we are recommending Fat Loss 4 Idiots as the diet plan to choose. This one simply was the best-of-the-best, and it works!
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Burn the Fat
2. Burn the Fat
In second place we have a program called Burn the Fat. This one was written by one of the world’s top fitness experts, and as such, it’s both a diet and exercise plan. In our testing this one worked almost as well as Fat Loss 4 Idiots, but since there was a bigger exercise factor and the diet plan was slightly different we have put it in second place.
Burn the Fat is touted to be the program that burns fat and feeds muscle. In our tests this turned out to be true. Of the five people who tested this one they all lost weight and if you stick with this program you should keep it off for good.
Where this one lost points was for the enjoyment factor and for diet safety. It’s not that this one is unsafe. It should be perfectly safe for most people, but the diet does require you to change what you eat slightly, and the large exercise factor may make it unsafe for those who are obese (heavy exercise right from the start).
All in all though, everyone who used this one lost as much weight as with our winner, and they did so in about the same amount of time. I might recommend this one to men who are looking to build muscle with their weight loss program, but for most Fat Loss 4 Idiots will be a more enjoyable choice.
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3. Master Cleanse
Taking third place is a diet plan called master cleanse. This one actually surprised me a bit when it made it into our top five. It isn’t specifically a diet plan meant to help you lose weight. Rather it’s a system that is meant to teach you to eat food that cleanses your body and gets your natural hormonal balance back.
It’s likely that cleansing factor that made it so effective at helping to lose weight as well. Having said that, those who used the first two programs on our list took the weight off faster. This one also doesn’t teach you how to keep the weight off so it lost more points in the weight loss rankings.
Those who used this diet plan did enjoy the foods it taught you to eat, and I would say that this one is as safe as any other diet plan on the market.
If you’re looking to for a way to restore your body’s natural balance I do recommend you give this one a try. For those looking for the best way to lose weight though, our first or second place program will be a better choice.
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East Stop Eat
4. Eat Stop Eat
Taking fourth place we have a program called Eat Stop Eat. This one actually performed quite well for weight loss, and for the enjoyment factor as well. The reason this one is in fourth is because it lost points on the health/safety factor.
I wouldn’t necessarily call this one unsafe. For most people it is perfectly safe, but since it is a program that requires you to eat for a while, then stop eating, then eat again – this diet may not be appropriate for some people. Specifically those who suffer from diabetes, or some other illness that requires them to keep their body in balance, may find this one unsafe.
In our evaluation the people who used this program did lose weight. In fact it performed better than our third place program as far as taking the pounds off was concerned. However with the safety factor involved here I am putting this one into fourth, and recommending our top two programs first.
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The Diet Solution
5. The Diet Solution
The last product on our list is called the Diet Solution. Again this one performed quite well for weight loss. Where it lost points was in safety and in enjoyment.
Like our number one program, the diet solution suggests eating foods that boost your metabolism and in turn help you to lose weight. Unlike our winner though this one requires you to switch what you eat. Because of that, it lost big points for enjoyable foods.
I’m also unconvinced that the change to your diet couldn’t negatively affect your health. In the case of our testers, everyone remained healthy, but none of them experienced the energy gains that those using Fat Loss 4 Idiots did.
Two people even experienced a decrease in energy.
As such, I took away points from safety. Any diet that makes you feel lethargic should be classed more on the side of unsafe.
Everyone who used this diet plan did lose weight, but I’m still recommending Fat Loss 4 Idiots before this one.
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