Maintenance Diet Reviews

The following weight loss information can help you choose a diet that works for you

If you're trying to lose weight and keep it off for the long haul, these diets are for you. It might take some time to see those pounds melt away, but eventually you'll start seeing results. Many of these diets are reasonably easy to follow and don't drastically restrict food or calories. The following chart will provide the weight loss information you'll need when choosing a diet to follow.

Summary of Maintenance Diets

Diet

Overall Avg.

Ave. Calories

Avg. Weight Loss

Type of Diet

Legitimacy

3-Hour Diet

4

1400

2 lbs. a week

Portion controlled

Created by a well known weight loss expert

Anne Collins

3 ½

Depends on diet plan

1-2 lbs. a week

Online diet plan with nine different plans

Created by a nutritionist

Anne Fletcher's Thin for Life

4

1500-1800

½ - 1 lb. a week

Low-fat and calorie-reduced diet

Registered dietitian

Atkins Diet

2

1500

1 ½ - 2 lbs. a week

Extremely low-carb

Created by a cardiologist

Bob Greene

4

Doesn't count calories

1-2 lbs. a week

Portion-controlled plan

Personal trainer and Oprah's nutritionist

Body for Life

4

1500-2000

1-2 lbs. a week

Lifestyle changes that incorporate balanced eating and exercise

Bill Phillips, supplement guru and previous C.E.O. of EAS

Denise Austin

3

1500

½ - 1 lb. a week

Low-fat diet combined with Denise's exercise vides

Fitness diva and nutritionist

Dr. Phil

3

1200

1-2 lbs. a week

Behavior modification plan

Psychologist and talk show host

Dr. Weil

3

2000-3000

1-2 lbs. a week

Optimum health plan that focuses on consuming organic foods

Practitioners of holistic and complementary medicinal practices

eDiets

4

Depends on diet

Depends on diet

Online weight loss program

Combination of personal trainers, nutritionists, psychiatrists and nurses

French Women

3 ½

Does not count calories

1-2 lbs. a week

Unrestricted diets

French executive

Glycemic Index

4

Not stated

1-2 lbs. a week

Consume foods that are low on the Glycemic Index

Nutritionist

High Fiber

3

Not stated

Minimal

Increase your daily fiber intake

Nutrition recommendations

Idiot-Proof

Diet

3

Cycles

9 lbs. every 11 days

Online diet that cycles caloric intake

Questionable

Jenny Craig

4

Depends on individual

1-2 lbs. a week

Personalized weight loss program with individual counseling

Commercial centers

L.A. Weight Loss

3

1400

2-3 lbs. a week

Low-fat and low-calorie diet combined with individualized counseling

Clinics founded in the 80's

Living Low-Carb

2 ½

Varies

Varies

Combine low-carb diet with balanced exercise plan

Author and editor

Macrobiotic

3

1200-1500

Unknown

Raw food diet

Japanese educator

Maker's Diet

3 ½

Depends on phase of diet

4 lbs. a week

Follow dietary practices found in bible

Doctor

Mayo Clinic

1

800 or less

52 lbs. in one month

Very restrictive diet that focuses on fruits and vegetables

Unknown

Mediterranean

4

Not stipulated

4-7 lbs. in the first few weeks

Follow a Mediterranean lifestyle with healthy fats and fresh fruits and vegetables

Greece and Spain

Neanderthin

3

No calorie counting

2-3 lbs. a week

Eat like a caveman

Personal experience

Ornish

2 ½

Not focused on calories

24 lbs. in one year

Cut processed foods in favor of heart-healthy fats

Doctor

Park Avenue Diet

3 ½

1200-1500

6 lbs. in the first 3 days

Low-fat, low-carb, high-calcium

Weight loss doctor

Protein Power

3

1300-1500

1 lb. / week

Low carb high protein

Husband and wife doctor team

Sleep Away the Pounds

2

Not focused on diet

Unknown

Sleep more to lose more

Recent research study

SlimFast

3

1200

1-2 lbs. a week

Meal replacement and calorie-reduced plan

Been around for over 25 years

Sonoma Diet

4

Depends on phase and gender

Varies

Consume your favorite foods in moderation. Mediterranean-style diet

Registered dietitian

South Beach Diet

4

1500-1600

4-6 lbs. in first week

Low-carb and low-fat

Created by a cardiologist

Subway Diet

2

2000

5 lbs. a week

Eat subs from Subway every single day to lose weight

Weight loss success story of Jared Fogle

Sugar Busters

2

1200

Varies

Reduced-sugar diet

Collaboration of doctors

Sun Slim

4

Doesn't count calories

Achieve ideal weight in 6 to 8 weeks

Don't count calories or starve yourself

Medical doctor

Suzanne Somers

3

Doesn't count calories

2-3 lbs. a week

Food combining

TV personality and fitness guru Suzanne Somers

USDA

4

2000 or less

1-2 lbs. a week

Healthy and balanced meal plan

Registered nutritionists

Vegetarian Diet

3 ½

Depends on type of vegetarian diet

Varies

Cut all meat and poultry from diet

Healthy meal plan

Web MD

5

Doesn't restrict calories

About 1 lb. a week

Healthy and balanced meal plan

Registered nutritionists

Weight Watchers

5

1500-2000

2 lbs. a week.

Follow points - everything in moderation

On the market for 40 years worldwide

What Color is Your Diet?

5

Doesn't focus on calories

½ lb. a week

Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into a balanced meal plan

Nutritionist and founding director of UCLA's Centre for Nutrition

Zone

3

1200-1800

½-1 lb. a week

Balance of

carbs-to-fat-to-protein

Created by a doctor

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