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Best diet plans: How to choose a diet for weight loss and health benefits

Best diet plans include figuring out the best way to incorporate healthy meals and workouts into one’s lifestyle. Whether it is the Adkins diet, or the South Beach diet or Super Shred diet, lifestyle habits, work, dedication and perseverance lead the way in determining the best diet plans for any individual.

Best diet plans
Best diet plans
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Last year was all about the Paleo diet, and as the Examiner previously reported, those with 2014 weight loss dreams may be flocking to Dr. Ian Smith’s Super Shred Diet. “Super Shred: The Big Results Diet: 4 Weeks, 20 Pounds, Lose It Faster!” is Dr. Smith’s follow-up to his 2012 hit, “Shred: The Revolutionary Diet: 6 Weeks, 4 Inches, 2 Sizes.” His formula? Combining a low sodium diet with timing.

US News and World Report has profiled and ranked five top diet plans for 2014 that offer either weight loss goals or treatment of specific health conditions. They include the Acid Alkaline diet, which promises pH balance control through an alkaline-rich diet. Eschewing acid based foods however, failed to impress U. S. News’ panel of diet and nutrition experts. “There's no scientific research to back up any of the claims,” one panelist said. “No data. No follow up. No sale.”

Next up is the Spark Solution diet featuring a structured diet of 1,500 calories a day and an exercise plan. Exercise is the key element of this plan, which one panelist called “comprehensive program that can lead to healthier eating behaviors,” while an opposing view opined that there is nothing new here.

And if time is of the essence, there is always the Fast diet, which includes eating normally for five days of the week and cutting calories to about 25 percent for the next two days. Experts were not impressed. One expert called it “just a gimmick” with “little science to support” it, while another thought it could provide a starting point for those “stuck” on a weight-loss plan.

The last two diets reviewed were the Low FODMAP diet, geared toward folks suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, and the Gluten-free diet, geared toward those dealing with celiac disease. These are specifically designed to treat health conditions and not weight-loss issues.

Those searching for the best diet plans should focus on what they know would work best for them. Taking into account daily routines, family, work, eating habits, and finances will create a working template for a healthy lifestyle.