Weight Loss Books Every Motivated Woman Needs to Read
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The plan: You swap out "inflammatory foods" (e.g., white flour, white potatoes, white sugar and corn syrup) for slimming superfoods like dark, leafy green vegetables, cold-water small fish, berries, squash and hemp seeds.
Why it can work: There's a proven connection between chronic inflammation and pain, as well as between that and weight-related conditions such as obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes and heart disease, says Daniluk. So, by avoiding foods that cause inflammation and adopting those that help reduce it, you can end up thinner and less achy. Daniluk, a nutritionist, wrote this diet (and cook) book as a follow-up to her Meals That Heal Inflammation because an overwhelming number of clients followed that plan to treat joint pain or other health conditions and ended up losing 40 to 60 pounds as a positive side effect, she has said.
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The plan: By following a 10-day "reset," you can maximize the effectiveness of your chosen diet.
Why it can work: All diets work to help you lose weight, but the only one that will help you keep the weight off is the one you can stick to forever, claims Dr. Freedhoff, an assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Ottawa. And if you're going to eat that way from now on, you better like it and feel happy about it—which seems obvious, but also can help you rule out certain diets right off the bat (not excited by a lifetime of rare steak? Oh, right! Paleo isn't for you). Dr. Freedhoff advocates reshifting your attitude toward eating so that diets don't feel like work or denial, mostly by focusing on what you can eat instead of what you can't, eating preemptively to banish hunger (which sways our choices, he says) and doing away with all-or-nothing thinking. His 10-day plan includes research-backed strategies, like keeping a food diary and organizing your meals so you're not scrambling. None of this is radical, but it feels fresh because of Dr. Freedhoff's broad acceptance of all eating plans (unless they're medically dangerous).
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The plan: Alter the classic, proven-to-work Mediterranean diet by subtracting all red meat and poultry, then adding in atypical superfoods (like black rice, mangoes and kiwis) and controlling portions by reading labels and monitoring amounts (habits not typically practiced by Old World Mediterraneans). What's left? Vegetables, fruit, greens, legumes and seafood of every type (fish, shellfish and vegetarian recipes included).
Why it can work: Seafood is a low-calorie, concentrated protein source, which means you get more delicious, healthy bites for fewer calories compared to beef or pork, explains Jibrin, the lead nutritionist for Bob Greene's Best Life. And eating protein helps you stay fuller for longer, as do the high-fiber, plant-based foods in this diet. That could be why research shows that pescetarians tend to be an average 20 pounds lighter than their meat-eating counterparts.
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The plan: Take a mind-body approach that involves identifying the triggers that cause you to overeat and learning how to outsmart them. For 30 days, you will pledge not to diet, not to indulge in negative judgments about your body and to live—and eat—in the present.
Why it can work: The new "normal" of eating has come to mean scarfing down a bowl of frozen, nuked fettuccini alfredo or take-out fried chicken in front of the TV, accidentally consuming thousands of unnecessary calories and frightening amounts of saturated fat, points out Dr. Chopra. But once you learn how to eat with awareness (choosing food that makes your body feel alive, creating a colorful plate with a variety of tastes, chewing slowly), you learn not only to pay attention to the amount and type of things you're eating, but also to the joy, energy and fulfillment that comes from eating food that feeds your spirit and mind, as well as your body.