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Diet Plan Reviews, Weight Loss Books
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Choosing a cheap weight loss program can be daunting. You certainly want one that's safe and effective, and one that you'll be able to stick with.
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Weight-Loss Books.If you want to go it alone but crave information about diet and nutrition and guidance on food choices and menu planning, consider a weight-loss book. Another virtue of this approach is the price: you only pay for the book -- no ongoing membership fees or food delivery costs. Weight-loss books generally promote one or another strategy for losing weight, be it a diet low in carbohydrates or high in protein or one that calls for radically reducing the amount of food you eat.
The South Beach Diet (book price starting at $7.99, online membership $4/week), our choice for a good cheap diet plan, stresses high-fiber carbs, protein, low-fat dairy, and healthy fats and prescribes a food regimen designed to help you maintain your ideal weight. For $4 a week, you can also buy an online membership that gives you access to customized meal plans, community support, and interactive tools to track weight loss and progress toward your goals. Although the South Beach Diet was launched as a book, the website's discussion groups and recipe swaps as well as a Diet Buddies program (pair up with another dieter for mutual encouragement and support) are an extra-fee bonus.
Consumers rarely mention these supports when posting diet plan reviews of the South Beach Diet but do comment extensively about their impressive weight loss. In short, dieters say this weight-loss book diet plan delivers -- and fast. According to reviews posted on Viewpoints, significant weight loss is registered in the first few weeks, when the type of foods you eat is severely limited (forget all that bread, pasta, and fried potatoes); some dieters report losing 10 pounds and more during this period. After that, when once-taboo foods are reintroduced into the diet, dieters say weight loss continues, to the tune of 40 or 50 pounds over the course of a year. The biggest benefit of the South Beach Diet, assert multiple diet plan reviews, is learning to prepare and eat healthy food by following the menus and recipes.
Another well-known weight-loss book, but one you might want to leave on the shelf, is the Atkins Diet (book price starting at $10.88). It's heavier on the protein and fats than the South Beach Diet and basically bans carbohydrates but for the gradual addition of whole grains and certain fruits and vegetables as you get closer to your target or maintenance weight. A website with lots of information about the diet also provides access to interactive tools and community support at no cost.
Diet plan reviews urge caution before following the advice proffered by this weight-loss book. Consumers who posted comments on the Top Diet Review site report significant and rapid weight loss but warn that the pounds return quickly if you don't follow the plan religiously. And that means you really have to like your animal protein and get past cravings for carbohydrates. Moreover, the consumption of these foods and the absence of others alters your body chemistry by burning fat instead of carbs for fuel. The experts at WebMD recommend the South Beach Diet over the Atkins Diet because it's more "heart healthy" and includes all major food groups; i.e., fresh fruits and vegetables along with protein, grains, and dairy. Indeed, diet plan reviews often note the adjustment your body must make given the radical dietary change required by the Atkins Diet, and some consumers write about initially feeling dizzy and developing bad breath.
Two newer and lesser-known weight-loss books are The Zone (starting at $18.47, Amazon), which advocates a balanced diet of carbohydrates, protein, and fat, and the Step Diet (starting at $4.48, Amazon), which advises cutting food intake to 75 percent of what you're currently eating and adding 2,000 steps to your daily routine.
Atkins Diet Review
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