Origin: British nutritionist Judith Wills created this weight loss diet based on recommendations outlined in a 2004 Commons Select Committee report on obesity. This is the third diet developed by Ms. Wills. The color co-ordination and visuals featured in the diet makes it ideal for overweight children.
Description: The Traffic Light Diet works by color-coding foods. Foods that are placed in the green category can help with weight loss and are to be eaten freely. Foods in the amber category should be eaten with caution depending on how much weight dieters want to lose. Foods placed in the red category should only be eaten occasionally as a special indulgence. The colors are only meant to be a guide to help people eat a balanced diet.
Likes: Vegetables, fruit, low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt, seafood and white fish.
Dislikes: Fatty meats, oily fish, rice, pasta, breads, alcohol, fried food and junk food.
Looking For: Kindergarten teachers
Works Well With: Local farmers’ market.
This weight-loss diet is an interesting concept, but may be difficult for some people to follow. People who choose to use this diet have to purchase the Traffic Light Diet system that includes a chart with green, amber and red tiles that feature pictures of different foods. This lets dieters know which foods they can eat and which foods they should avoid. The diet only states that amber foods should be eaten with caution so dieters may misinterpret how much they should be eating. As well, individuals who follow this diet constantly have to calculate their caloric intake. Don’t expect massive weight loss from this diet, but it may help some people develop healthier eating habits.