People have been selling weight loss and diet products for as long as time. It's an enormous industry. And sometimes it can be hard to sort out the helpful solutions from the scams.
There's no one-size-fits-all diet program. And there are certainly no shortcuts or hacks that will lead to sustainable weight loss.
We look for fat loss solutions that are safe and work long term. Whether it's a diet plan, a workout program or a supplement, if it works then it's worth writing about.
This guide is broken up by types of diet products. We will take a look at the different types of products out there and recommend some of our favorites.
Eating to lose weight is a huge interest for lots of people. There's no one-size-fits-all weight loss diet, so we review a variety.
Every diet on the market claims to work miracles, but a lot of them are gimmicky and unoriginal. Even worse, some popular diets are nothing more than crash-and-burn diets where you'll gain the weight back.
Weight loss supplements are also important to know about. They can make a difference, but there's also plenty of snake oil out there. And of course you want to avoid buying anything unsafe.
You want to know what works.
But there isn't a one-size-fits-all solution here. Every person is different.
So we have broken it down according to diet category.
You've probably heard of ketogenic (or “keto”) diets by now. On a basic level, these are low carb diets that are meant to make your body burn fat as fuel, instead of carbs.
These diets can be effective, and there is evidence to support them. But you need to be careful.
Remember Atkins diets? They were all the rage 15 years ago. Pounds came flying off, until people started to get heart disease.
You can avoid this by avoiding processed food. You can lose weight and preserve your health if you eat high quality foods while doing a keto diet.
At this point, the best ketogenic diet we've seen is called the Ultimate Revenge Diet. It's thorough, detailed, well-organized, and sets you up for lasting success on a keto diet.
We're still looking at other ketogenic diets, and we'll update this list as we find them.
Detox diets are a popular type of diet focusing on removing toxins and impurities (and often losing weight in the process).
We look for detox diets that lead to sustainable health benefits. It makes no sense to starve on a liquid cleanse if you're only going to gain it all back once it's over.
The best detox diet we have reviewed to date is Red Smoothie Detox Factor. It came out a couple years ago and it's quite well done.
Red Tea Detox is one of the hottest detox diets of this year, and it's made by the same person, Liz Swann Miller. We liked the “red tea” concept, but all in all it's not of the same quality as Red Smoothie Detox Factor.
Some popular programs combine elements of all the other aforementioned diets. The 2 Week Diet by Brian Flatt uses calorie restriction, carbohydrate reduction, and some detoxification strategies. As the name suggests it is meant to promote rapid weight loss; you can find our analysis here.
Another very similar diet is called the “Fat Decimator System”. The two diets are very much alike. So much so that we don't have one we recommend over the other. So we suggest you check out our reviews and decide which you prefer.
Top Recommended Diet in 2018
We recently reviewed a diet called Thin From Within, and we were impressed. It doesn't quite fit a particular category. Rather, it's a somewhat new approach to weight loss and overall health, based on optimizing your digestive tract (a.k.a. your “gut”).
One trend we've noticed in recent years are diets that customize your eating plan based on some aspect of your biology.
The idea is that some people will have success eating certain types of foods, whereas others need a different type of meal plan. These diets base their customization on different things.
For example, Fat Burning Fingerprint will alter your fat-protein-carb ratio based on a unique survey that's meant to determine your metabolic type.
Weight Loss Supplements
A holistic approach to dieting based on smart food choices is the way to go. But the right supplements can help accelerate your fat loss goals.
A lot of fat burner supplements have considerable risk for side effects, and many times those risks outweigh the possible benefits. CLA safflower oil is a good example of this.