The Best Diets Don't Have Major Restrictions

If you're looking to lose some weight, changing your diet is obviously a crucial component of your plan. Picking a good diet isn't easy, however, as many are so difficult they lead to relapses. A less restrictive plan that gradually changes your food intake will prove much more effective.

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US News took a look at a variety of diets and found that the ones without extreme restrictions that ease you in gradually worked the best:

The experts lauded diets like Weight Watchers and Volumetrics, which don't take entire categories of food off the table. And they liked the Abs diet's weekly "cheat meal", when you can indulge yourself however you want. Mediterranean dieters are encouraged to have a glass or two of wine each day, so you don't suddenly have to scrub all alcohol from your routine. Less-than-stellar marks went to the rules-driven Dukan diet, which is extremely restrictive, labelling even the slightest slip-up a destructive mistake. And Paleo dieters must eliminate anything the cavemen didn't eat — including refined sugar, dairy, legumes and grains. Suddenly flipping the switch to off makes sticking to a diet significantly less likely.

If you've dieted before, this won't be news to you. When you make too many changes too fast, it's hard to adjust. While you may prefer to lose weight quickly, an attempt to do so most often results in failure. Patience is key to stricking to a diet, and that's why a gradual implementation and a lack of extreme restrictions matter.

What Makes a Diet Easy to Follow? [US News]


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