Health Slacker’s 1-Minute Diet Reviews #2

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Diet ReviewThis is the second in a Health Slacker original series where we provide a hard-hitting, no-nonsense review of the most popular diets. This is the information you want without all the usual fluff.

Losing weight can definitely be a challenge – there’s a lot of conflicting information out there and it can be difficult to know what’s going to work best for you. Following a predetermined diet plan can be helpful. Having guidelines and principles to follow takes some of the guess work out.

Losing some weight quickly when you start is also helpful for a lot of people – it’s really motivating and encouraging to see some fast results for your efforts! Because everyone’s weight loss goals are different, it makes sense that there are so many different diet plans out there to choose from. Here, we’we'll take a look at 4 varying diet plans that encourage results.

The Step Diet: Got a Good Pair of Walking Shoes?


The Step Diet focuses on fitness rather than what you can and cannot eat. It’s an incredibly simple approach to weight loss! The only guidelines are to cut portion sizes by 1/4 and to take 10,000 steps per day. That’s it – by following these two rules, weight loss is sure to follow. Although there are no “forbidden” foods on the Step Diet, healthy choices are advised – lean protein, whole grains, and plenty of produce. The flexibility for both the dietary and exercise aspects make the Step Diet a great choice for anyone looking to lose weight without putting a lot of thought into it. Eat less, move more – that’s all there is to it on the Step Diet.

It might be for you if:

  • You’re looking for a way to lose weight and get healthier but don’t have a lot of time to plan meals or plan elaborate workouts.
  • You and a “weight loss buddy” want to work toward your goals together but like different foods.
  • You have a busy schedule – you want to be more active but don’t have a lot of time blocked out to exercise.
  • You don’t want to give up the foods you love.

The Sonoma Diet: Have Time to Cook Expensive Food?


The Sonoma Diet is a great choice for the foodie at heart. Virtually nothing is off-limits – as long as it’s made with quality ingredients. Whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables (especially grapes), nuts and eggs are all on the menu: anything nutrient-dense is fair game. What’s discouraged are white flours, refined sugars, trans fats, and other processed ingredients. In fact, even indulgences like wine, cheese and sweets are allowed on this diet.The Sonoma Diet consists of waves. The first wave, which is the most restrictive, is meant to wean the dieter off of sugars and simple carbohydrates that are common in our western diet. The next wave allows more varied foods, while the third and final wave is all about lifelong maintenance.

It might be for you if:

  • You’re crazy about rich, exciting foods and simply don’t want to give them up!
  • You’re looking for a lifelong plan to get healthy but don’t want to feel like you’re missing out on anything.
  • You love to cook and don’t mind ditching convenience foods in favor of made-from-scratch healthier options.

The Cabbage Soup Diet: Boring But Effective?


The Cabbage Soup Diet is pretty much just what it sounds like! Not meant for long-term weight management, the Cabbage Soup Diet is a low-fat, high-fiber diet developed to meet quick weight loss goals. Dieters are restricted to a set list of foods. Calorie counting is not necessary, but the foods eaten are very limited. Because of the lack of variety, this plan is generally only recommended for 7-10 days.

It might be for you if:

  • You’re just looking for a way to lose a few pounds very quickly.
  • You don’t mind restricting certain foods if it means you’we'll get results.
  • You have a big event coming up for which you want to look your best.

The Dukan Diet: The Low-Carb 'New Kid on the Block'?


The Dukan Diet is a 4 phase eating plan developed to help the very obese. The first phase of the Dukan diet, which is most geared toward rapid weight loss, heavily restricts carbohydrates. Those who continue with the plan until the lifelong maintenance phase are able to maintain their weight with absolute freedom in their eating aside from 1 day per week of heavy carb restriction.

It might be for you if:

  • You have a lot of weight to lose.
  • You’re in it for the long haul, but you’d like to see some quick results!
  • You love meat and won’t mind cutting out carbohydrates for the sake of weight loss.
  • You’re looking for a way to reach your goal weight and maintain it for life.

As you can see, each of these diets is pretty unique! That’s good news – everybody’s different, so being able to choose what will work best for your body (and personality!) is incredibly helpful. Consider one of these 4 approaches to weight loss as you try to get healthier.