Almost everyone I know is on a diet right now, and they’re all determined to lose the weight they put on over the holidays. You may be considering a new diet too, but with so many choices out there, how will you know what’s right for you? Here’s my list of the six main types of diets, and how they work…
1. Exchange diet
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This is probably the best diet plan to follow, because it teaches you life-long healthy eating habits. It works like this: for each of the food groups, you’re allowed a certain number of helping per day. If you stick to the plan, you’ll maintain a healthy weight, or lose weight. To get a free plan that’s personalized to you, based on your age, sex, height, weight, and activity level, visit http://www.mypyramid.gov. You’ll learn which foods are in which groups, and how many of each you’re allowed each day. It will also tell you how many overall calories you ought to consume, and let you know if your current weight is healthy. Let me stress again why this type of diet is the best — because it teaches you the habits you’ll need to eat healthier forever, not just while you’re trying to lose weight!