It can be really difficult to find a diet that suits your weight loss goals, your lifestyle and, more importantly, one which is sustainable. 

With 2018 coming to a close, a new diet plan may spring to mind for the remaining time before tucking into all the delicious delights of Christmas cuisine. Or, a new diet might be next year’s new year resolution. A good diet really does reflect on your life insurance premiums. So, ensure you maintain a healthy lifestyle, and find the right balanced diet for you.

Well, not to worry; we’ve got you cuuvered. This post is all about the different long-term weight loss diets that are out there, with advice on which ones suit you, and how to customise them to your existing diet routine.

  1.         The 5:2 Diet

The 5:2 diet is one that has been praised by many health professionals and celebrities alike. It allows dieters to eat as they would normally for five days and then fast, by eating 500 calories, for the other two.

500 calories are enough for some, but not for others – it varies because of difference in height, weight, lifestyle etc. If you find yourself ravished with hunger from eating only 500 calories per day, don’t instantly throw the towel in.

Instead, aim for 700 or 800 calories a day; this means you are still limiting yourself to calorie intake and

  1.         The DASH Diet

So, for a start, DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. This newcomer offers dieters a meal plan based on fresh fruit and vegetables, to give your body the nutrients it needs. The DASH diet also promotes eating reduced fat dairy products, wholegrain, nuts and seeds.

This diet has actually been coined as the best diet for diabetics, since it eliminates foods with added sugars, introduces natural sugars into your diet and reduces salt intake. The fibre contents of this diet also curbs your cravings for snacks throughout the day because you feel fuller for longer, instead of eating foods with a short-term fix. For many, what’s so great about this diet is it doesn’t really feel like you’re missing out on foods, which is why it is so sustainable.

  1.         The Flexitarian Diet

The chosen title of this diet is exactly what it entails: flexibility. The purpose of the Flexitarian Diet is to cut down on meat, whether you cut it out entirely, or just for three to five days a week.

It’s essentially about being a flexible vegetarian and cutting down on red meat in particular – a food that contains a lot of fatty and salty content. The freedom to eat or not eat meat makes this a great long-term diet because it can be hard for some people to cut out meat entirely.

So, gradually decreasing how many portions of meat you eat makes it easier to prolong, and shows dieters the difference it makes to your body by not eating it. For instance, not feeling as bloated, increased energy levels and often, an improved immune system.

  1.         Weight Watchers Diet

It’s likely that someone you know will have tried or is sticking to the Weight Watchers Diet. The aim of the Weight Watchers Diet is to encourage weight loss, simply by counting calories and following quick, easy and healthy recipe ideas to upkeep your diet plan.

Lack of snacking is what can be a major struggle for those looking to lose weight, but thankfully snacks are encouraged on this diet. However, these snacks are healthier than your usual bag of crisps, including foods rich in the vitamins and minerals you need to boost your energy and consequently, your metabolism.

This should not be construed as medical advice and is for informational purposes, only.