Obesity is a real problem in today’s society, and a goodly proportion of the world’s population always seems to be ‘on a diet.’ The UK is no exception, and, in the quest for the perfect body, some weight loss programmes are more popular than others. These are some of the most popular diets in the UK.
Weight Watchers has been around for almost 50 years now, and the approach today is the same as it was in the early days, when the introduction of dedicated slimming clubs was a revolutionary event in the field of weight loss. Weight Watchers philosophy is simply, ‘Your food, your life, your weight loss.’ The diet is tailored to suit individual lifestyles, and to teach you how to lose weight and keep it off.
Weight Watchers may be the Daddy of the slimming world, but the organisation remains as innovative regarding weight loss and healthy eating as it has always been. The new Pro Points Plan is based on the latest nutritional science. It’s a flexible eating plan with two elements – a daily allowance which ensures you’re eating enough to keep you healthy as you lose weight, and a weekly allowance for those special occasions when you wish you weren’t on a diet. The weekly allowance can be spread across the week or saved for a special occasion, so this new eating plan is flexible, achievable and practical.
If you don’t like the thought of attending meetings, there’s also Weight Watchers Online, or you can combine online support with meetings if you wish.
Slimming World came on the scene a few years after Weight Watchers, and the principle is the same – group support combined with a healthy eating plan designed to achieve a healthy, steady weight loss and educate the slimmer to make healthy choices to keep the weight off in the long term.
The Slimming World diet works on the principle of Food Optimising, and there are Red Days and Green Days to choose from. Green Fays are mainly vegetables, fruits and carbohydrates, with small amounts of healthy lean protein, while Red Days are geared more towards meat eaters, with higher protein allowances. There are also lists of ‘Free Foods,’ which can be used to top up when you’re hungry, and a limited amount of ‘Syns’ – naughty but nice treats that you can enjoy while you lose weight. It’s a simple diet to follow, with no calorie counting or other sort of counting – apart from the ‘Syns’ – and devotees enthuse that they never feel hungry.
Based on research in 1981 by Dr David Jenkins, the GI (Glaycaemic Index) Diet is based on eating low GI food items, which will keep you feeling fuller for longer. The Index works on a ‘traffic light’ system,’ with low GI (under 55) food items classed as green light foods, while foods wth a GI of 56 – 69 get the amber light. Anything with a GI index of over 70 – such as white rice, white bread and other unrefined carbohydrates – is off limits. These foods are initially satisfying, but as they cause spikes in blood glucose levels, you end up craving more unhealthy foods, which is bad news for consistent weight loss.
Tesco Diets offer a customised GI diet plan, complete with menus, for 1.50GBP per week. If you like the idea of the GI Diet, but prefer someone else to do the groundwork, this is a viable and inexpensive option.
These diets are among the most popular in the UK because they are tried and tested and deliver consistent results. For more information on the UK’s most popular diets, together with unbiased reviews of the pros and cons of each eating plan, check out Diet Review.co.uk.