The Real Truth About 4 Trendy Internet Diets

Find out if these popular internet diets are worthwhile.

The Real Truth About 4 Trendy Internet Diets

Sooner or later, most of us will end up researching how to lose weight quickly when an impending beach vacation or wedding is looming. With hundreds of Internet diets out there promising major fat loss and inches trimmed, it can be tricky trying to determine which ones work and which ones are nothing more than a passing fad. With the help of registered dietitian Keri Glassman, we are going to investigate the most trendy internet diets and find out if they’re really worth your while.

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The Military Diet

This popular meal plan, also known as the 3-Day Diet, promises to help people lose up to 10 pounds in just one week. As the name suggests, you are supposed to stick to this diet for three days throughout the week, and then for four days, you can eat anything you want. During the three days, you are supposed to eat very low-calorie meals, to offset the higher calorie meals you consume on the other four days. Upon closer inspection, Glassman doesn’t recommend this diet, particularly because it includes processed and refined grains, processed meat with lots of sodium, no snacks, tiny lunches, too much sugar at dinner, and no greens.

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Nuts May Be Your Best Snack to Help Maintain Weight Loss — Here's Why

It could also help lower your heart rate and bad cholesterol.

Is trying to lose weight — and keep it off — driving you nuts? Well, maybe it should drive you to nuts. New findings published in the journal Nutrients highlight the power nuts may have on successful weight loss.

Nuts vs. Pretzels

UCLA researchers put 95 overweight or obese folks ages 30–68 on a diet that provided 500 calories less than needed to maintain their resting metabolic rate for 12 weeks, then maintenance for another 12. The diet included 1.5 ounces of mixed nuts for half the group and pretzels for the others (both "snacks" delivered the same amount of calories).

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