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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