Quick Weight Loss Diets

Here are some quick weight loss diets which will help you reduce weight quickly and efficiently.
| Saturday, February 14, 2009

Hmm.. looking for quick weight loss diets? Look no further, I tried to bring the best weight loss diets to you to help you cut that extra flab. Whether you are trying to lose your weight through weight loss diets or whether you are looking to include these weight loss techniques in your daily regime, one thing is sure, nothing will happen without putting a proper exercise routine in place. So, if you couple these popular fad diets along with exercising, believe me you will see quicker results for your weight loss resolution. I would try to cover as much weight loss diets as I could along with any potential side effects they possess. It is best however to consult with your doctor before proceeding.

Diets for Quick Weight Loss

Hoodia Diet

Hoodia diet involves consumption of juice from the inner of hoodia plant or intake of hoodia diet pills. The hoodia plant is native to the Kalahari desert in Africa and looks like a cactus. The hoodia plant contain elements that suppress one's appetite and thirst. The elements within hoodia make the brain think that it has enough blood sugar even if it ain't. Following a hoodia diet, one's brain feels the body has been fed and it is not necessary to eat. A person under the influence of hoodia diet starts to eat less and this generally results in weight loss. It is however very important to know that doing excessive hoodia diet can be extremely dangerous, especially for people with diabetes or low sugar. Also, pregnant or nursing women, children or people with liver or kidney conditions should avoid hoodia diet as it is said that hoodia might have unwanted side effects on one's liver. Hoodia diet are also said to react with other medications causing unexpected side effects.

Green Tea Diet

Green tea can be an excellent weight loss diet tool along with several other health benefits. Many people from Japan and China have been drinking green tea since years and been reaping its health benefits. Green tea is produced from leaves of the Camellia Sinensis plant. Green tea is known for its high amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants are disease fighting compounds which can help prevent cancers and a number of other diseases. Coupled with that, antioxidants help improve mental alertness, lower cholesterol and reduce body flab. Including green tea as a beverage in routine diet can be very helpful. A daily consumption of 3-4 cups of green tea would serve the purpose. It is to be remembered that green tea contains caffeine and have caffeine's side effects built-in. More than 5-6 cups of green tea consumption can result in sleeplessness, irregular heart beat and diarrhea.

South Beach Diet

South Beach Diet has been formulated by Dr. Arthur Agatston, a cardiologist based in Miami. He titled the south beach diet as "The South Beach Diet: The Delicious, Doctor-Designed, Foolproof Plan for Fast and Healthy Weight Loss". Dr. Agaston investigated on diets and the origins of insulin resistance. He developed several theories based upon glycemic index. It reflects body blood sugar and insulin response to various foods. He experimented on whether stabilizing insulin levels would hunger and cravings be controlled. His experiments resulted in South Beach Diet which was not only instrumental in improving cholesterol and insulin levels but also helped people lose weight. The south beach diet primarily focuses on intake of complex carbohydrates such as whole grains, fruits and vegetables, unsaturated fats, lean sources of protein and low-fat dairy products. The south beach diet is spread out in phases, where the first phase includes consumption of lean protein, high-fiber legumes, low-fat dairy products and vegetables; the second phase includes eating fresh whole fruits, high-fiber whole grains and source of proteins such as shellfish, chicken, turkey, lean beef and pork or soy protein. The final phase does not regulate eating and simple carbohydrate intake is allowed. The primary focus in this phase is on exercising. South beach diet is not known to have any dangerous side effects, in fact it can be very useful for heart patients and in general to everyone.

Atkins Diet

Atkins diet was formulated by Dr. Robert Atkins and is very popular among people aiming for weight-loss. Atkins diet blames refined carbohydrates for rise in metabolic disorders. Atkins diet is a low-carb diet which involves lower intake of foods rich in carbohydrates (such as sugar, flour and high-fructose corn syrups) in order to improve body metabolism. This makes the body burn stored fat rather than the new glucose which gets added. Dr. Atkins referred to insulin as the fat-producing hormone, hence people should avoid excessive intake of carbohydrates as the body will release insulin to convert excess carbohydrates to fats. Some of the high carbohydrate foods that need to be avoided while on Atkins diet are white bread, doughnuts, cereals, sugar, pasta, rice, asparagus, beans, broccoli, etc. Atkins diet can be a dangerous thing to do if done for a extended time length. U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop argues that Atkins diet is "unhealthy and can be dangerous". Several other institutions from the US that oppose the Atkins diet are National Academy of Sciences, AMA, ADA, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the Cleveland Clinic.

Scarsdale Diet

Scarsdale Diet was created by Dr. Herman Tarnowerby in the 1970s. Scarsdale diet involves intake of carbohydrates for a period of 7 to 14 days. Instead of having foods with carbohydrates, the Scarsdale diet recommends vegetables, fruits and lean sources of protein. The Scarsdale diet promises quick weight loss of up to 20 pounds in just two weeks. The idea of this diet is that if carbohydrate intake is restricted, the body will break down stored glucose for energy rather than relying on further food intakes. Some of the principles of this diet include chewing food thoroughly, drinking at least 4 glasses of water daily, allowing at least two hours in between meals and avoiding alcoholic beverages. This diet suggests that if you feel hungry between meals, carrots and celery can be consumed as snacks to suppress appetite. Generally, no problems are ssociated with this diet if done for a limited time frame.

Cabbage Soup Diet

Cabbage Soup Diet is one of the most popular quick weight loss diet. Cabbage soup diet claims a 10 pound weight loss in a week. Allegedly, the more soup you drink, the more you lose weight. However, this diet is not recommended for a long term weight loss program. This diet plan does not suggest any exercises, advice or change in habits. It is simply a strict meal taken each day. A week long cabbage soup diet plan may include consumption of cabbage soup each day along with cranberry juice, low calorie vegetables, fresh fruits (avoiding bananas), brown rice and unsweetened tea. This diet is not recommended for children and teens.

Cabbage Soup Recipe for Cabbage Soup Diet


3 onions
150-200 grams of cabbage
1-2 tablespoon olive oil
1 carrots
2 tomatoes
a bunch of celery
2 cubes of bouillon
black pepper powder
salt to taste


Fine chop the onions, tomatoes and carrots. Take a cooking bowl, put it on medium flame, add olive oil to it and add the chopped onion, tomatoes and carrots. Start to saute with cooking spray. Meanwhile chop the cabbage in bite size pieces and add them to the bowl along with 5-6 cups of water. Put a lid over the bowl while setting the heat on low. After 10 to 15 minutes, open the lid, add black pepper, salt, cubes of bouillon and chopped celery to garnish. Switch off flames, serve hot!