Learn about these diet giants and see which may be right for you.
Whether you’re looking to shed some pounds, take control of your cholesterol or just want to feel better about your body, doctor-approved diets are a great way to get on track to a healthier you. But with hundreds of diet programs and books claiming to be the best in the business, it can be hard to know which ones are actually worth your time – and which to avoid. That’s why we’ve done most the research for you.Click through to get a roundup of 5 popular diet plans and learn which may fit your lifestyle the best.
The Paleo Diet
The skinny: Thought a hunter-gatherer lifestyle was all in the past? Enter Paleo. This diet is one that’s full of animal protein and plants. All refined sugar, dairy, legumes and grains are out.
Why it works: Paleo-style eating emphasizes whole foods, lean proteins, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats. The diet helps you drop pounds by pushing you to eat good-for-you low calorie foods.
Who it’s best for: It's unclear. Some studies have found that Paleo may be good for blood pressure, weight loss and even metabolic syndrome (which can lead to diabetes). But there are some concerns about eliminating some food groups, like whole grains and legumes which have heart and anti-cancer benefits.