What Is The Best Diet?

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Michelle Barber Profile
Michelle Barber answered
This is a really great question, but I'm afraid it doesn't have a precise answer.

There are a million-and-one diets out there, and there isn't a specific one that works for everyone.

Finding the right diet for you is the key to getting in shape - so I'd recommend trying the ones that sound most appealing to you.

Here are some suggestions about how you can do that:

The best diet in the world?

Balance is the answer to all your dieting problems. There are certain things your body needs to function, but having too much of these substances can do more harm than good.

Eating the right foods in the right proportions not only provides fuel for mind and body for the day ahead, but it will also help to maintain the correct body weight, help to prevent illness and allow you to stay physically and mentally fit.

A diet that really works

To find a diet that is going to work for you, you need to first decide what you want to achieve.

There are two main things that most people want from a good diet:

  • Better nutrition
  • Weight loss
To include better nutrition in your diet, you simply need to find out exactly what nutrients your body needs, and make sure they are represented in your diet.

The most nutritious diet would consist of a balanced variety of foods, containing the following five things:

  1. carbohydrate
  2. protein
  3. sugar
  4. fat 
  5. fiber
If you're interested in losing weight, the equation you need to use is simple: You should be taking in less carbohydrates than you use in a day.

If your diet doesn't provide enough 'carbs' for your body, you'll start burning off fat to create carbs for it to use instead.

An intake of around 2,000 calories per day is the recommended amount for an adult woman, whilst 2,500 is the intake suggested for an adult man.

Really simple dieting tips

If you're looking for some guidance on your weigh to getting in shape, the following are all really good tips to keep in mind:

  • Take more exercise - this is perhaps the quickest way to burn calories and energy and will also help to boost energy levels
  • Eat smaller portions
  • Replace high fat/sugar foods with lower-fat alternatives such as fruit and vegetables
  • Eat foods higher in protein, which will help to curb your appetite - and reduce excess calories by removing skin from chicken, cutting off obvious pieces of fat from meat, and using less or no oil when cooking
  • Try incorporating two pieces of fish per week into your diet
  • Try to use unrefined carbohydrates such as wholegrain rice, wholemeal bread or wholewheat pasta - which are higher in fiber and and help to make you feel fuller for longer
  • Try to only eat three meals a day and cut out sugary snacks - if you feel hungry between meals, try eating an apple or a chopped carrot to tide you over until your next proper meal
  • Reduce the amount of alcohol you consume - it contains lots of calories!
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  • Have a lot of water before your meals, this fills up some of your space (in your stomach)
  • Drink water during your meal (it's good to do so), but don't drink water after your meal or you'll feel bloated
  • Eat a bit of everything - you gain energy from different types of food.
  • Don't over-eat! Eat until you satisfy your hunger, but not until you feel completely full.
Have a good day!
lloyd dailey Profile
lloyd dailey answered
The best diet is do it naturally without those pills they advertise.

Just watch what you eat and how much, and get some exercise!

Remember the only thing that feeds fat is more fat.
If you don't feed it, then it has to go away with exercise.
It's Private Huh Profile
To me, I think reducing the amount of food you eat (especially if you eat a lot), but then eating more veggies and fruits will help.. But that's not it! You need to do regular exercises. What I mean by regular? Regular as in EVERYDAY.. Regular does not mean skipping one day and another..

Well for how many mins/hrs? That depends on how much you can bear...
If you're excessively fat, I would suggest 15 mins as a beginner. And then gradually extend the time by 5 mins after each week... And once at 1 hr, try exercising for a month at least for an hour...

If you want to extend more, sure you can do so.. That depends on you.. But you MUST remember to do exercises EVERYDAY... Try not skip any day.. Maybe Sunday only or Saturday only is ok if you get too tired (which I believe you would). But I also believe that you'll soon get used to the tiredness after a week or so..

Another thing I want to say is that the best place to exercise is outside, in a park or garden (in my opinion only). Why I say so is because in parks, you get to see a lot of trees which give you fresh oxygen.. While in a gym/house, you just inhale the oxygen that is being blown by AC which was last cleaned who knows when.

Plus in gym/house, I feel like I'm trapped, as in I can't go too far and it gets kinda boring as well.. I know there are those machines you can run on and run for however long you want to.. But that's not what I mean.. What I mean is that you get to see one scenery all the time.. That's what gets boring.

But if you're outside, you can go as far as you want, for example when jogging. You can as well as enjoy at new things you're looking at and as well as jog at the same time..

Remeber exercising tends to get boring.. So you need to make it as much fun as you can all by yourself.

Hope this helped.. And all luck from me!
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Pat Ales
Pat Ales commented
I liked your answer!! It makes a lot of sense. SO many people want to lose weight, so they think by buying expensive equipment or buying a gym membership it's going to help. You said it ..why breathe that stale air from the AC in a closed gym room when you could get outside and jog/walk in a nice park or garden...even the local schools sometimes have nice tracks...and most important DO IT EVERYDAY... Do it for yourself if you really want to lose weigh
Arun Gupta
Arun Gupta commented
This answer is very useful.
varmeansvar var Profile
varmeansvar var answered
Vegetables - and try to include fruits in your menu.
Remi Kendall Profile
Remi Kendall answered
Can't really say about foods right now but you should be eating about five times a day.

  • Breakfast
  • Snack
  • Lunch
  • Snack
  • Dinner
This will help to keep your metabolism going. This applies even if you aren't trying to burn fat.

Of course how many times you eat depends on how long you're up for. You should wait at LEAST 2 hours until you eat again from the time you FINISHED your last meal. If you're hungry before two hours, it's in your head, not your stomach. Don't eat. Unless, you're not eating the right portions.
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Remi Kendall
Remi Kendall commented
In which case you should ajust your portions so that they'll sustain you. You should be eating enough that your satisfied, not hungry, not full. You should also be drinking about eight 8oz cups of water a day throughout the day, NOT all at once. Apple cider vingar is really good for you and helps burn fat. You should take a tablespoon after each MEAL. Raw honey, extra virgin olive oil, mineral water (water with a pinch of celtic salt), greek yougurt and almonds are also very good for your body.
Peter Zul Profile
Peter Zul answered
Actually, contrary to popular belief, diets consisting of higher daily amounts of saturated fats and protein along with less than the recommended amount of carbohydrates offer better weight loss results.

It's easy to see because human beings have survived (since even before recorded history) mainly on animals for fuel i.e saturated fats and protein.

The human body craves fat, denying the body of this causes us to crave carbs like pasta, chips, and bread.

Eating processed foods such as these provide little to no nutrition to our bodies cells essentially starving your body and in turn making you hungry so you to eat more.

Processed carbohydrates also aid in forming bad cholesterol and raises your triglyceride count.

Studies have shown that diets high in fat and protein and low in carbs aid in lowering these two leading causes of heart disease.
Jon Asaviour Profile
Jon Asaviour answered
Diet which contains adequate amount of proteins and vitamins, normally vegetarian food is considered as the best diet.
Cheryle Masters Profile
Cheryle Masters answered
Eating healthily i.e. Plenty of veggies, fruits and proteins.
Try juicing and smoothies.
And, of course plenty of exercise.
Watch carbs, fats and sugar intake.
Try to stay away from soda and caffeine.
John Profile
John answered
The best diet is the one you can eat and maintain for the rest of your life - if you can't stay on your diet, then it's a waste of time to even start it.

This means the diet you plan for yourself is the best, because most likely you will eat it and maintain it. In other words, you have to take your time and try different foods in order to plan a diet for the rest of your life.

So you will eat right and be able to switch different foods in and out of your diet that are in season/easily found at your local stores.
Stephanie Donchak Profile
My favorite way is "the 7 day soup diet". It is an amazing diet that cleans out your body, and with exercise, you can lose up to 15 pounds a week!

Google it, print the recipe and follow the steps exactly! If you don't it won't work! Drink plenty of water!

Good luck!

Ps: The soup really isn't that bad-tasting, and remember NO CHEATING OR IT WILL NOT WORK!!!!!
Chris Micheals Profile
Chris Micheals answered
Depends on your lifestyle and what you are trying to do.

For men, a higher protein diet is necessary regardless of what you are trying to accomplish.

This doesn't mean no carbs - Atkins diet kills your liver. Just means you should eat as a minimum as many grams of protein as half your body weight per day.

Eating small meals regularly and drinking lots of water definitely helps.
If you ever feel hungry, your body has entered starvation mode, and will greedily try to store all the calories it gets as fat because it thinks: "Hey! I have no idea how long I need to go before I get fed again! Better save it!"

I live by this, it has worked wonderfully to control weight despite long stretches of not working out from business trips, life events, etc.
Daryn Weatherman Profile
BREAKFAST
  • 1 cup cooked Old Fashioned Rolled Oats with 1 tsp. Honey
  • 1 Boiled Egg
  • 1 cup Skim Milk
  • 1 medium Apple
LUNCH
  • 2 cups Garden Fresh Salad with 2 Tbsp. Fat-Free Dressing
  • 1 oz. Reduced-Fat Cheddar Cheese
  • 2 slices Wholegrain Bread
  • 3 oz. Grilled Chicken Breast fillet
DINNER
  • 1 cup Clam Chowder
  • 2 Dinner Rolls
  • 1 cup Steamed Mixed Veggies
  • 3 oz. Baked Salmon with 1/4 cup Mango Salsa
dini razak Profile
dini razak answered
The best answer is eat FRUIT first, then only take your meal because fruit is good for digestion .
Alison Wood Profile
Alison Wood answered
The best diet plan:
  • Include fresh fruits, green veggies, milk, salad in your diet.
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Whenever you feel hungry, try to drink water first then take something healthy like a fruit.
  • Don't skip meals
  • Don't totally avoid your favorite junk food.Just eat in smaller portions
  • Drink green tea
  • Eat frequent 5 to 6 meals in small portions avoid large heavy meals.
  • Keep track of your calorie intake
Max Michael Hatling Profile
The FDA now recommends eating less to lose weight, so eat less to lose weight and once you are eating less of the terrible food that got you fat, you can begin improving on what you eat in these new and smaller portions.

Exercise is vital, so consider moving south to the sunbelt where there are 300 sunny days every year and buy a bike to ride however far you want.

Cycling is way more fun than going to a gym with self absorbed fitness freaks, and you get to look at all kinds of stuff you miss when driving!
Vahl Yui Profile
Vahl Yui answered
Control portion size, eat frequently, eat a variety of things and drink with every meal.
Bethany England Profile
Bethany England answered
Eating the right foods in the right proportions not only provides fuel for mind and body for the day ahead, but it will also help to maintain the correct body weight, help to prevent illness and to stay physically and mentally fit.

It is difficult to determine what really is the best diet as it depends on what you want to achieve. There are numerous diets and programmes advertised that claim to achieve different things, but as I see it, there are really only two main targets that people usually want to achieve:

  • A nutritious diet
  • Losing weight
The most nutritious diet would consist of a balanced variety of foods, containing carbohydrate, protein, sugar, fat and fibre from each of the main food groups, with an intake of around 2,000 calories per day for an adult woman, 2,500 for an adult man and around 1,200 - 2,200 for children (depending on age).

The five main food groups are:
  • Fruit & vegetables
  • Bread, rice, potatoes and pasta
  • Milk and dairy
  • Meat, fish, eggs and beans
  • Food or drink high in fat and/or sugar
Fruit and vegetables should consist of approximately one third of your daily diet, and research suggests that eating at least five portions of fruit or vegetables per day can help to protect against diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

By choosing fruit or vegetables as a first choice for a snack (rather than a high sugar snack such as chocolate) you can help to reduce obesity and the associated problems this condition can bring on.

Bread, rice, potatoes and pasta contain starchy carbohydrates, the body's main source of energy and should form another third of a healthy, balanced diet.

Lesser refined carbohydrates such as wholegrain pasta, brown rice and wholemeal bread are much higher quality carbohydrates and more beneficial to the body than foods that have been processed to a higher degree (such as white bread or white pasta) as they contain less of the original grain.

The final groups of foods should collectively make up the final third of a healthy balanced diet. These should be eaten in smaller proportions, but not left out entirely (as they contain essential minerals and nutrients that are vital to our well-being).

Although milk and dairy foods are essential to a healthy diet, as an important source of calcium (vital for healthy teeth and bones), they should also be eaten in moderation as they invariably contain a high level of saturated (or animal) fats, which can cause obesity, high cholesterol and narrowing of the arteries.

Meat, fish, eggs and beans form the major source of protein in our diet and, as a major functional and structural component of cells, especially muscles, is essential for growth and repair.

Foods high in fat and/or sugar should be eaten sparingly, as, although they are an important source of energy for the body, they actually have very little nutritional value and are known as "empty calories".

They contain high quantities of saturated fats, sugar, salts and trans fatty acids, which are associated with developing certain diseases and conditions.

Together with eating a balanced variety of foods from the above food groups, you should also try to:

  • Drink plenty of water - around eight glasses per day
  • Not skip breakfast - after a period of fasting (overnight, your body is in a state of fasting) you need to break the fast and refuel your body ready for the day ahead.
  • Eat less salt - no more than 6g per day
Best diet for losing weight
Diets are very individual, as every person is different, but as a general rule of thumb, if you are trying to lose weight, you should ensure that the amount of calories you intake should not exceed the number of calories you expend (or burn).

When trying to lose weight, you should also try to maintain a balanced diet, otherwise you could make yourself more susceptible to injury or illness.

Some people have been known to "crash diet" through simply not eating or eating very little for a period of time, and, while this does invariably result in the desired weight loss, it can prove to be counter-productive and potentially detrimental to health through lethargy and tiredness and overeating after the crash.

A sensible approach to weight loss would be to achieve around 1lb - 2lb weight loss per week, which would involve consuming 500 - 1,000 calories less per day to achieve an energy deficit of 3,500 - 7,000 calories per week.

Steps to achieve this should collectively include:

  • Taking more exercise - this is perhaps the quickest way to burn calories and energy and will also help to boost energy levels
  • Eating smaller portions
  • Replace high fat/sugar foods with lower fat alternatives such as fruit and vegetables
  • Eat foods higher in protein, which will help to curb your appetite - reduce excess calories by removing skin from chicken, cut off obvious pieces of fat from meat and use less or no oil when cooking
  • Try incorporating two pieces of fish per week into your diet
  • Try to use unrefined carbohydrates such as wholegrain rice, wholemeal bread or wholewheat pasta which are higher in fiber and and help to make you feel fuller for longer
  • Try to only eat three meals a day and cut out sugary snacks - if you feel hungry between meals, try eating an apple or a chopped carrot to tide you over until your next proper meal
  • Reduce the amount of alcohol you consume - it contains lots of calories!
Christy Muller Profile
Christy Muller answered

There is no 1 "best diet" out there.

The best diet therefore is the one which you are able to adhere to the easiest and thus will see the greatest long term benefits from.

That is a very individual thing, as far as which diet you are going to vibe with the most.  What I can do though is give you a general outline of how to approach a diet:

First of all, your body requires a certain amount of calories to maintain it's current
weight (body weight in lbs x 15)...so if you were 150 pounds, that would be
150x15 = 2,250 calories/day.

To lose 1 pound you need to be in a deficit of 3,500 calories.  So if
you ate 500 calories less than this 2,250 each day (1,750 cals/day) you would
lose 1 pound each week.

Couple that with 1 hour of cardio each day (500 calories burned/h on
average)..you'll burn another 1 pound a week.

This is a good starting point for your diet...from here you could work your way down to no lower than 1,200 calories/day and if you were really set on losing more, you COULD do A LOT more cardio.

When dieting, just make sure you fill yourself up on low calorie foods such as vegetables and salads.  Make lean meats a large portion of your diet as well along with a few fruits and nuts.

Oatmeal, brown rice, yogurt, no fat cottage cheese and whole wheat bread are other considerations.  Just make sure if you are doing a low carb diet to minimize your intake of these items.

You can find more info on the proper way to go about all this here.
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John Munos answered

I did a few years ago. I mean it works wonders it really does. I lost 12 pounds in 10 days which I know is not normal. If you want to loose weight fast it's a good thing but it's not good for you at all. I had to fit in a graduation dress 2 weeks before the prom and I didn't know what else to do. It really works but like I said, I know someone who had a heart-attack while on the diet and ended up dying. I would not rec commend it for that fact. Also, after I got off of the diet I gained it all back. Even though I lost 10 pounds, I probably gained back 15 along with the 10 after. It's a good diet if you just need it for something quick. But I would not recommend it because of the health issues, and you gain more back than you lost to begin with. I suggest you Atkins diet foods through this you get more results about what can you eat on the Atkins diet .

jack Watson Profile
jack Watson answered

For Me Breakfast diet really works well. Mixing up your morning meal and try one of these healthy, low-calorie breakfast recipes featuring 5 breakfast foods (oatmeal, peanut butter, yogurt, eggs and raspberries) that can help you lose weight.

Jenny Knight Profile
Jenny Knight answered
If you stick to eating mainly fruit and vegetables and avoid sugar and sweet things, you can't really go wrong.

Avoid the all-protein Atkins diet - it'll eventually kill you and it makes your breath smell terrible from day 1!
Jonathan Watson Profile
Jonathan Watson answered
I have been on Weight Watchers since 2008, and I have never considered myself "on a diet" so to speak!

Losing weight is a "change of habits" and a "lifestyle change". Being on a weight-loss program can help you gain discipline in controlling your food intake.

I have taken off over 115 pounds in almost 4 years, and I love it because I can wear comfortable clothes and save money on them and look good and show the world that I am a changed man!
Awe some Profile
Awe some answered
Eating at least 2 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. That would help you get started.
Guinea Pig Lover Profile
My mom's on this diet called 'Thrive! Weightloss'.
She lost 8 pounds on the first week!
My Dad has nearly lost 200 pounds after about a year and a half!!!

You can drink things likee beer and coffee and stuff on it too!!!

You just will have to drink a whole lot more water afterwards to flush it out. You don't have to eat less either, you actually eat more! It's just about the right combinations!
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eric bou karam answered
I would say make a plan. For example, you need 2,000 calories so try having 1250 calories.
If you know you are going to have lunch like a burger, coke, and fries - try not to have dinner.

For breakfast, an egg and milk is good, and keep on exercising.
Please comment if this was useful to you, I did that and lost 3 kg in 4 weeks!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
There are three things you need to do:
  • Proper diet
  • Exercise
  • No smoking
This will help prevent heart and lung disease.
Now it's hoped trials being held at Bangor could persuade farmers to change the source of their animals' diet, because this could help us!
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Wood Terry answered
Well, I think the best diet is just eat what you like. Certainly don't often eat too much fast food, and eat soup before meal. You also can eat coarse food grain sometimes.
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Carolyn Wilkins answered
I say no diet, just run around until you fall down and can no longer run.
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I heard having sex burns a lot of calories and helps you lose weight. I can,t think of a better way.

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