Recipes and diets — they’re the most popular sections in your favorite magazines and perennial best sellers at nearly any bookstore. Why? Because people love food, but they hate what it does to their waistlines. Many diet book authors have found a way to appease both emotions with certain foods that can actually help you lose weight. Some call them fad diets. Others say, “Hey, I love that food, and if it can help me lose weight…”
Here are our picks for a few fad diets* we might actually try!
The Peanut Butter Diet by Holly McCord
Spread the news! Recent studies show that peanut butter can actually help lower your risk for heart disease and diabetes, and help you shed unwanted pounds to boot. Peanut butter eaters also get more vitamins A and E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, and fiber. This is definitely a diet you can stick to. Our only question: smooth or creamy?
The Grapefruit and Apple Cider Vinegar Combo Diet by Randall Earl Dunford
This book shows you how a combination of grapefruit and apple cider vinegar added to your favorite dishes can help you look slim and trim in just weeks. It can also help you lose your cravings for salt and refined sugar. With this diet, weight loss is slow and steady — the best way to lose weight.
The Coconut Diet: The Secret Ingredient That Helps You Lose Weight While You Eat Your Favorite Foods by Cherie Calbom
Coconut oil is rich in medium chain triglycerides, which burn faster in your body than long chain triglycerides, and they can give your metabolism a real boost when combined with a low carb diet. Pack this one away for your next Caribbean cruise.
The Ultimate Cabbage Soup Diet by Madeline Cooper
Need to lose ten pounds before the big anniversary party? This diet may do the trick, but chances are after the party, you’ll eat yourself silly. That’s because for the first week your menu choices include cabbage soup, cabbage soup Italiano, Szechuan cabbage soup, and Tex-Mex — you guessed it — cabbage soup.
The Chocolate Diet by Sally Ann Voak
We saved the best for last — a diet we’ll willingly follow for the rest of our lives. But wait a minute, according to the diet, for the first week you can’t eat any chocolate at all! The author wants to break your addiction to the creamy confection, and then you get to slowly add it back into your diet. According to her, a bit of sweet indulgence can help you maintain healthier eating habits. We promise to eat our vegetables, but can we please have our chocolate first?
*Please note: We are merely reviewing these books and not advising you to make changes to your diet. Please consult your physician before making any drastic changes.