Diets that Work Fast for Women

In today’s image-driven age, women of all ages run from pillar to post in order to lose those few extra pounds that will give them their desired look or make them fit into a desired dress.

Crash dieting or fad dieting is fast becoming a norm with younger women, but with various diets that claim to give very fast results and so many diet plans to choose from, it can be confusing as to which ones to follow and which ones to avoid.

Although these fast diets work, and will no doubt help you achieve a considerable weight loss, it lasts only for a short term. This is because a massive weight loss achieved within a short period of time, especially without any exercise is only water loss.

This weight loss is almost always regained when you revert to your normal eating habits. For healthy and long-lasting weight loss, it is best to consult a dietitian who can come up with a diet plan which is suitable for you. Also, make sure you follow a well-balanced diet, drink plenty of water, get a good amount of sleep and exercise regularly to stay healthy and fit.

If you are looking for a way to lose weight for an upcoming party or wedding, here are a few diets that will help you.

Zone Diet
This diet is based on a 40:30:30 ratio of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats; and was popularized by a biochemist named Barry Sears in 1995. Although the efficiency of the diet is still debatable, it has been a real hit in the dieting world. It basically suggests that a diet should ideally contain 40% carbohydrates, 30% proteins and 30% fats. This can be calculated using a zone diet calculator. When following this diet, you eat five meals a day, of which three are whole meals and two are light snacks. This diet claims to improve intelligence, maintain hormonal balance, and increase energy in women. Eggs, bean stew, blueberry pancakes, and beef are some of the foods which are included in a zone diet. Celebrity followers include Demi Moore and Madonna.
How fast is it?
The diet claims that you can lose up to 5 pounds in the first two weeks and 1.5 pounds per week after that.
The Good

Fewer dietary restrictions.
A lot more sensible than other diet plans.
Regulates insulin levels.

The Bad

Dieter might have to invest in books or online membership to follow the diet correctly.
Suggests eliminating many nutritious food items.
Difficult to follow.
No scientific evidence to back up the efficiency of the diet.
Not recommended for people with kidney dysfunction.

Medifast Diet
The diet works on a ‘5 and 1’ plan which means five out of six meals include ready-to-eat weight loss Medifast products like shakes, bars, soups, puddings, etc., and the sixth meal will be a small portion of lean meat, salads, and vegetables. The Medifast Company which was established by Dr. William Vitale, started selling weight-loss products in 1980. Initially, the products were directly sold to doctors, which were then prescribed to patients. Today, the products are readily available for consumers. Celebrities who follow this diet are Kristy Swanson and Genie Francis.
How fast is it?
This diet claims to help you lose 2 to 5 pounds in a week.
The Good

Ready-to-eat foods makes the diet convenient.
A large variety of foods to choose from.

The Bad

Not suitable for everyone.

Low Glycemic Index Diet
Sometime around 1980, Dr. David J. Jenkins, a nutrition professor at the University of Toronto devised a diet plan for people suffering from diabetes. Due to its numerous benefits, people started following the diet to lose weight. It has worked wonders for many people since then. The diet suggests that you eat only those foods which have a low glycemic index (50 or less) i.e., the foods that have very little effect on your blood sugar levels. Since, these foods are digested slowly by the body, they offer a prolonged source of energy and reduce food cravings. The diet suggests intake of foods such as asparagus, avocado, cabbage, green beans, peanuts, spinach, cucumber, lettuce, snow peas, and cauliflower. Whole grain bread, skimmed milk, soy milk, low-fat ice-creams, and fat-free milk are also included in the low glycemic foods list. Celebrities who swear by this diet include Kylie Minogue and Sharon Stone.
How fast is it?
Dieters claim to have lost up to 2 pounds per week.
The Good

Lowers the risk of diabetes and heart disease.
Helpful for women with PCOS.
Helps to maintain normal cholesterol levels.

The Bad

Calculating the GI of foods is confusing.
Diet also suggests intake of various unhealthy food items merely due to their low GI.

Atkins Diet
The Atkins diet involves decreased intake of carbohydrates and consists of four phases – the induction phase, the ongoing weight loss phase, the pre-maintenance phase and the lifetime maintenance phase. In the induction phase, the carbohydrate intake is as low as 20 grams per day. In the ongoing weight loss phase, the carbohydrate intake is slightly increased, while in the pre-maintenance phase, it is again raised by ten grams. The lifetime maintenance phase involves continuing with the habits which have been developed during the first three phases. In the Atkins diet, you can include food items such as cauliflower, broccoli, asparagus, salads, fish, and poultry. It is advised that you drink a lot of water and avoid certain legumes like green beans. Candies, cookies, potatoes, bananas, and apples should also be avoided. Alcoholic drinks are a strict no-no for people following the Atkins diet. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Geri Halliwell, and Renee Zellweger are known to have followed this diet religiously.
How fast is it?
The diet claims that you lose 6 – 10 pounds during the first phase, up to 3 pounds during the second phase and 1 pound per week in the fourth phase.
The Good

Quick weight loss.
Diet suggests cutting out on processed foods and alcohol.
Easier meal plans.

The Bad

Restricts intake of carbs without which you feel weak and lethargic.
Suggests high intake of animal protein which increases one’s risk of suffering from cardiovascular diseases.

Cabbage Soup Diet
The cabbage soup diet is a 7-day detox diet which includes consuming cabbage soup for seven consecutive days. The soup, which is extremely low in calories, is consumed along with fruits excluding bananas on the first day and, with vegetables like potato on the second. On the third day, you are allowed to have various fruits and vegetables while you again return to bananas on the fourth day. On the fifth day, the cabbage soup is coupled with beef and tomatoes; and again with beef and vegetables, on the sixth day. On the final day, it is eaten with rice and fruit juices. Celebrity followers include Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jaime Pressly.
How fast is it?
The diet claims to help you lose 10 pounds in seven days.
The Good

Quick and massive weight loss.
Easy to follow.
Reduced food cravings.

The Bad

The diet is a very low-calorie diet.
The diet is very monotonous, thus making it difficult to follow.
Lacks nutrition.

Things to Remember…

The above diets are not suitable for everyone and should be followed only after consulting a health professional.
Rapid weight loss is considered unhealthy. It is always advisable to lose no more than 2 pounds per week.
These diets should be strictly avoided by women who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or those who suffer from any major health problems.
In case you experience any side effects, stop following the diet immediately.
Once you are off the diet, make sure you stick to a healthy and well-balanced diet plan to avoid gaining back the lost weight.