What’s the best diet to get rid of stubborn belly fat? It depends on your discipline level, commitment, and budget. The following diets are incredibly effective if you’re trying to burn fat off your stomach, but they all have their pros and cons including the cost involved.
Each diet is ranked on difficulty with a 10 requiring the most discipline.
What’s on the Menu:
You’re asked to avoid all bread, grains, and sugar. You can eat a wide variety of protein, fruit and vegetables. The success of this diet has made pre-packaged Paleo compliant foods available to purchase. While there’s quite a bit of cooking fresh foods on this diet, there are now Paleo friendly “food in a box” sold in stores that you can stock in your pantry.
Pros: Paleo is a low carb variant allowing you to eat a wide selection of animal protein and certain carbs. A healthy dose of vegetables and fruit is on your menu, allowing you to add spice, variety and some natural sweets.
Cons: The Paleo Diet is a very organic diet, asking you to be selective and avoid food that has additives or preservatives. The protein you buy will need to be free range, and the vegetables should be organic and not pre-packaged or processed. This can become time consuming and expensive if you don’t have local access to the recommended foods.
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Atkins (Zero Carb Diet)
What’s on the menu:
Meat! The concept is incredibly simple and quite effective. Your daily calories are to be filled with animal protein and fats, with as few carbs as possible.
Pros: You can lose weight really fast on this diet. You also get to overindulge on foods you’ve been told to avoid or limit for most of your life. Butter, cheese, mayonnaise, and guacamole become main staples of every meal. If you’re a steak and eggs person, you’ll feel like this is the best thing to ever happen to you.
Cons: The pros of eating mostly meat and fatty foods, only lasts a few weeks. After this initial burst of eating joy, it requires to an incredible amount of discipline to completely banish all carbs you’ve been eating most of your life. Bread, grains, beans, cake, ice cream, and sugar are pretty much forbidden. While this behavior is not difficult for a few days or weeks, trying to avoid carbohydrates for extended periods of time can prove very challenging.
Zero carb diets are incredibly effective at losing body fat, but also requires the most discipline over long periods of time.
What’s on the menu:
Intermittent fasting uses diet structure and eating behavior to get fat loss results. The food you’re allowed to eat is very liberal, meaning you can eat pretty much whatever you want as long as you stay within your eating time frame, fast everyday, and don’t exceed your allotted daily calories.
So if you want to drink a 800 calorie milkshake, you can do that as long as you don’t go into a daily calorie surplus.
The first several weeks are quite hard because you’ll be asked to avoid all food for 14-16 consecutive hours everyday. The learning curve, and adjustment period, is quite steep if you’re accustomed to eating every 3-4 hours. Fasted workouts are also recommended, which can be a difficult adjustment trying to exercise without having eaten in the previous twelve hours.
Pros: The built in diet structure with both time and daily calories creates added discipline helping you stay on schedule. You know exactly when to eat and when to avoid all food. You can also eat a wide variety of food as long as you stay within your daily calorie range.
Cons: Long stretches of time without any food is the biggest drawback with intermittent fasting. This can prove difficult with your work and social schedules. Most people don’t eat their first meal until 10 am in the morning, or noon.
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- Does the three week diet work?
- Brian Flatt’s 3 week diet plan
- Exercises you can do at home with no equipment