Weight Loss? Why Wait?!

The holiday season is here, and for lots of us it’s the most wonderful time of the year. No doubt the month of December brings with it a calendar full of parties, festive indulgences, and cosy barbeque nights. With all this going on, we know that it can be quite challenging to stay fit and healthy. But guess what: it’s not impossible!

We’ve all heard about hundreds of diets to help us lose weight, but only a handful of them are actually effective. So if you want to drop a few pounds before New Year’s, take a look at our picks for two of the most effective diets for rapid weight loss, and choose the one that works best for you. And remember, the key to lose weight is a proper diet and regular exercise.

Mediterranean Diet

This diet has long been regarded as one of the most effective ways to lose weight. As the name suggests, this diet originated from the Mediterranean region, where

in fact many people live longer and are prone to fewer diseases. The reason for this is they follow a set of healthy lifestyle habits. A simple plan that most people from this region follow is adhering to a diet rich in nuts and greens, low in sugar, red meat and saturated fats. This diet emphasises on regularly eating legumes, vegetables, fruits, beans, nuts, olive oil, whole gains, and flavourful spices and herbs. Dairy products such as yogurt, cheese, and eggs should be eaten in moderation. Seafood and fish should be consumed several times a week, while sweets and red meat – if not entirely avoided – should only be eaten during special occasions and in small quantities.

Many of those who follow a Mediterranean diet drink a glass of red wine per day, as it contains a healthy compound called resveratrol. Overall, this diet helps one lose weight, improves heart health, helps prevent cancer and diabetes, and reduces the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. It is also known to help ward off emotional problems such as depression, stress, and anxiety. The Mediterranean diet can be an effective – and delicious – way to lose weight!

HMR Program

HMR or the Health Management Resources Program is a weight loss plan that has been developed to reduce calories through meal replacement. It was developed by a behavioural psychologist named Dr Lawrence Stifler, about 30 years ago. In the HMR diet, multigrain hot cereals, low-calorie shakes and meals, and nutrition bars are consumed in place of normal meals. The HMR program consists of two stages. The first stage is Quick Start, in which the aim is to lose weight as quickly as possible. In this stage, there will be a Quick Start diet kit that you need to stick with for three weeks. The kit includes fruity shakes, multigrain cereal, delicious chicken entree with spinach salad, ravioli with vegetables, etc. A regular meal day consists of two HMR entrees, three HMR shakes, and five servings of fruits and vegetables each.

Once you start this diet, you will receive food shipments every two weeks. The amount of time you have to continue in stage one depends on your weight loss. Expected weight loss is about one to two pounds per week. Once you are done with stage one, you will enter the second stage, during which you’ll receive HMR foods on a monthly basis. The main goal in this phase is to maintain your weight. This stage also consists of phone conversations with a dietician and a fitness coach who provides guidelines on what to do and what to eat. One must incorporate a regular form of exercise that will help you burn around 2,000 calories each week. This stage lasts for about four to eight weeks. Apart from helping you lose weight quickly, the HMR foods are loaded with essential vitamins. However, like every diet, this too has some drawbacks, and the meals can be repetitive.

If neither of these diets caught your fancy, fret not, as there are many others that might. Consider researching the popular

Keto diet, DASH diet, Weight Watchers, MIND diet, Volumetrics, or the TLC (Therapeutic lifestyle changes) diet. Whichever you choose, the key is finding the right plan that suits your tastes and lifestyle, and maintaining it alongside a regular exercise routine. 


- Akhila