Diets That Work for Women

Diets that work for one women may not work for another. You really have to know yourself and choose the diet that fits your lifestyle and personality. Most popular diets do work if you stick to them but if you pick the wrong one they will never work. Just because your friend lost a lot of weight on a particular diet doesn’t mean it’s the right diet for you. I know how frustrating this can be.

I’ve been helping people lose weight for over 25 years as a personal trainer so I know that not every diet works for everyone. I do have my favorite diet for weight loss which is a low-carb approach with eating tons of vegetables and lean proteins.  I know that this diet; however, is not for everyone.

What you really have to do is sit down and make a list of all the foods you just can’t live without.  If you see a lot of carbohydrates on the list then the low-carb approach is not for you. If you see a lot of processed foods on the list then you might want to try a low calorie approach or intermittent fasting.  These diets allow you to eat the foods you like but in small quantities or allow you to skip meals to eliminate calories while still eating your favorite foods.

Keeping your weight under control is most likely the healthiest thing you can do for your body. Losing weight the healthy way by eating a lot of natural foods like vegetables, lean meats, poultry and fish with some whole grains is the goal but in my opinion it’s more important to lose the weight anyway you can. Keeping your body weight at an optimal level is the most important thing.

Diets that can Work for Women

Carbohydrate lovers can count calories. My formula for counting calories is take your body weight and times it by 10. That’s the maximum amount of calories for you to consume in order to lose weight. For example, if you are 150 pounds, times it buy 10 which will give you 1,500 calories for the day. A 150-pound person will consistently lose weight eating 1500 calories a day. Calorie counting pretty much works for everyone but it takes a lot of discipline.

If you can’t live without eating meat, chicken and fish try the low-carb approach. Thousands of people have lost weight on the Atkins Diet as well as the South Beach Diet and a number of moderate low carb diets. I’m actually a fan of these diets as long as you eat a bunch of vegetables along with your lean meats.

If you’re a person who just can’t live without processed food and junk food your best approach is intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting involves skipping meals like breakfast or just not eating for 24 hours once a week. This method allows you to eat all your favorite foods while still eliminating calories from your diet through fasting. This approach has worked well for thousands of people and studies have shown that there are many health benefits to fasting. My favorite program for intermittent fasting is the Eat Stop Eating program. If you still want to eat all your favorite foods check out this program.

I hope this article helps. I know it’s not easy losing weight especially with all the different diets out there. Just keep in mind the most important thing is to lose the weight. Therefore, find the right diet for you even if it’s not considered the healthiest. Here’s a link to an article by a nutritional professor who lost 27 pounds and lowered his cholesterol by eating mostly junk food while just counting calories.

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Mike Cola has well over 50,000 hours of hands-on personal training experience. He started his own personal training studio in1989, Mike Cola Fitness, which is located in New York.Connect with Mike @ Google+

13 Responses to “Diets That Work for Women”

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  2. I would agree 100% that not every diet works for everyone. I am not a big fan of radical diets though, and believe that a sensible eating plan ( like lots of fresh vegetables with lean protein) will work best for people in the long run.

  3. I’m with you on the low-carb (or sometimes called slow-carb) diets. When you have a workout routine where you are focusing on weight lifting 3 times per week (or so) you can afford to take in a lot of calories. Restricting carbohydrates slows the rise of insulin in your body and the calories you take in are more likely to be used for energy than for storage. For me, this diet has always been the best and I would recommend it for anyone interested in muscle gain and fat loss.

    On the other hand, if you are more of a cardio fan, then I would control calories across the board. Not only with carbs but also with fat and saturated fat.

    Thanks for the great article. I love this site!

  4. Could not agree more. though i am not sure about the “just not eating for 24 hours once a week.” i tried that for some times and found out that it causes more harm than good. although i think all others you have said here are pure gold. thanks for sharing.

  5. Great article Mike! It’s the same idea I try to stress when working with endurance athletes. Different bodies, different personalities, and different sports all require some differences in dieting. I hate when someone says, “hey I used this diet, so I guarantee it will work the same for you!”

  6. Good post Mike,

    I agree that most people need to find what works for them. People just need to realize that there is no “right” diet and need to do what fits there lifestyle.


  7. I’m in line with Paul above. I’m a low carb guy myself, and definitely just eat whatever and don’t necessarily pay attention to calorie intake anymore. I still mix in fasting because it offers so many benefits, but for the most part, I just eat until I’m full and then just walk away.

    This won’t work for everyone, but then again, it’s all about finding the right diet to meet your body’s needs.

  8. I am a women, 60 yrs. old, pretty healthy, except that I weigh about 235. I am 5’6″ tall, and my scale, which reads my body electronics, routinely says I have 34% body fat. Now, I know that’s hogwash, but for the life of me I can’t seem to drop more than a couple of pounds (which come back the moment I slip up) unless I get drastically sick. I will take a really close look at my diet, but I doubt that I consume 2350 calories a day, so the multiplying technique is not going to do it for me. Can you give me some suggestions? Oh yeah, I’ve always been active (and flexible) until recently, my son went to Afghanistan and I quit doing most things while I waited to hear from him online. He’s back safe, so I need to get back into my old self, just smaller. I’m a size 16 right now if that gives you any idea of my physique, curvy. Thanks for any ideas you might have.

  9. Hi Joy,

    This is what I think you should do…

    – Take a closer look at how my calories you are eating each day and try to keep it under 1800 on the days when you’re not active and under 2000 on the days that you are active
    – My favorite diet for weight loss is… a moderate carb approach made up of all-natural foods. A ton of vegetables with adequate amounts of protein (chicken, fish, lean meats and eggs)
    – Most of your carbohydrates should come from vegetables and not grains. When you’re eating on the low-calorie side… you want to get as many vitamins and minerals as possible. Vegetables will do that for you.
    – Try to keep your total carbohydrate intake under 800 calories (200g) for the day. The rest of your calories should come from protein and healthy fats…. If you’re eating chicken, fish, eggs and meat you will get the optimal amount of fat there
    – Another thing you can try is skipping meals. I know this may be somewhat contrarian to you… But skipping breakfast or any meal is a great way to eliminate calories as long as you don’t binge later on in the day.
    – Don’t snack on anything sweet. Try to keep the sugar out of your diet. If you want to have a piece of fruit have it after a meal for dessert.

    To sum up…. Eat a relatively low calorie diet made up of vegetables, lean meat, chicken and eggs. Sauté your vegetables with olive oil and don’t fry any of your meats…. Skip meals whenever you can and don’t drink or eat anything sweet.

    Check out my dropping body fat 101 guide. There are a number of articles that can possibly help you.

    Best – Mike

    PS- I’m glad your son safe

  10. It’s so important to have balance with your diet too.

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