5 Best Diets to Lose Weight Fast and Keep It Off

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There are just too many diets and fad diets available today. I’ve found the 5 best diets to lose weight fast with that work for me. I have my own personal favourite which is a combination of three variations of the Scarsdale Diet with my absolute favourite being the economy version of the diet plan, but more on that in a bit.

In my opinion the Scarsdale Diet Plans offer the most choices in the way of options that you can eat and the prices of the foodstuffs recommended can be tailored to your own personal circumstances and budget.

From my own personal journeys into personal weight loss, it’s important to choose a weight loss plan that you can stick to if you want to firstly lose some weight and more importantly have the ability to keep the weight off long term. In this article I outline the 5 best diets to lose weight fast that I’ve had personal success with and have recommended to others and seen in most cases they have had success with them too.

Important: Before considering any of the weight loss diets always consult with your doctor or physician before you embark on losing any appreciable weight as it could be unhealthy dependant on your physical condition. Seek your doctor’s advice, that’s what they are there for.

These diets I have outlined below have helped me and various other to lose significant weight in a relatively short time compared to other diet plans I’ve attempted in the past. The very best of luck with the one you opt for!

Scarsdale Diet

Here is the Original Scarsdale Diet and it works like this: If you follow this Scarsdale Medical Diet (SMD) strictly for 2 weeks you will lose on average 7-15 lbs quickly.

Day One

Morning: Coffee or tea with sugar substitute and a half of a grapefruit and a slice of protein bread
Afternoon: Assorted cold cuts with tomatoes (sliced, broiled or stewed) and coffee or tea
Main Meal: As much broiled fish or shellfish as you like along with a slice of protein bread, unlimited salad and a grapefruit

Day Two

Morning: Coffee or tea with sugar substitute and a half of a grapefruit and a slice of protein bread
Afternoon: As much fruit salad as you like with coffee or tea
Main Meal: As much lean, broiled hamburger as you like along with unlimited tomatoes, celery, cucumbers or brussels sprouts.

Day Three

Morning: Coffee or tea with sugar substitute and a half of a grapefruit and a slice of protein bread
Afternoon: As much tuna salad as you like with a grapefruit and coffee or tea
Main Meal: As much broiled lean pork as you like along with unlimited green salad and coffee or tea

Day Four

Morning: Coffee or tea with sugar substitute and a half of a grapefruit and a slice of protein bread
Afternoon: Two eggs any style, cottage cheese, string beans or tomatoes, and a slice of protein bread with coffee or tea
Main Meal: As much broiled, barbecued or roast chicken (with skin removed) as you like along with unlimited green beans, spinach or green peppers and coffee or tea.

Day Five

Morning: Coffee or tea with sugar substitute and a half of a grapefruit and a slice of protein bread
Afternoon: Assorted low fat cheese slices, unlimited amounts of spinach, and a slice of protein bread with coffee or tea
Main Meal: As much broiled fish or shellfish as you like along with unlimited salad, and a slice of protein bread with coffee or tea

Day Six

Morning: Coffee or tea with sugar substitute and a half of a grapefruit and a slice of protein bread
Afternoon: As much fruit salad as you like with coffee or tea
Main Meal: As much broiled or roast turkey or chicken as you like with unlimited salad of tomatoes and lettuce, and a grapefruit with coffee or tea

Day Seven

Morning: Coffee or tea with sugar substitute and a half of a grapefruit and a slice of protein bread
Afternoon: Cold or hot chicken or turkey, tomatoes, carrots, cooked cabbage, broccoli or cauliflower and a grapefruit or melon along with coffee or tea
Main Meal: Plenty of broiled (grilled) steak, all visible fat removed before eating along with a salad of lettuce, cucumbers, celery, tomatoes and brussel sprouts with coffee or tea

The second week is just a repeated variation of the first week just change up the days. Do not stay on the diet for more than 14 days. After two weeks you can repeat the diet if you wish and remember during the two weeks inbetween do yourself a favour don’t go back to your normal eating habits of junk food and burgers. Your only making it harder for yourself.

Budget Friendly Scarsdale Diet

Morning Daily: 1/2 grapefruit or cantaloupe or fruit in season (choose whatever costs least), One slice of protein bread, toasted, no spread added Coffee /tea (no sugar, cream or milk)

Day One

Afternoon: Chicken Bouillon, Salad, 1 slice protein bread, toasted, Coffee/Tea
Main Meal: Fish, fresh or frozen (depending on cost), broiled or baked, Combination salad, as many greens and vegetables as you wish, 1/2 Grapefruit – or fruits in season, Coffee/tea

Day Two

Afternoon: Fruit salad, any combination of fruits, as much as you want, on lettuce, Coffee/tea
Main Meal: Plenty of broiled, lean hamburger (inexpensive cut; if possible chopped at home after removal of all visible fat), Brussels sprouts, in season or cabbage or broccoli, Salad of lettuce, cucumbers, celery, radishes, Coffee/tea

Day Three

Afternoon: Tuna fish or salmon salad (drain off the oil) with lemon and vinegar dressing, on lettuce, Grapefruit, or melon, Coffee/tea
Main Meal: Lamb Stew OR Braised Lamb Shanks, Sauerkraut, Salad of lettuce,tomatoes,cucumbers,celery, Coffee/tea

Day Four

Afternoon: Two eggs, any style (no fat used in cooking), Low-fat potted cheese or cottage cheese, Zucchini, a slice of protein bread, toasted, Coffee/tea
Main Meal: Boiled, Roasted, broiled or barbecued chicken, all you want -(skin and visible fat removed) OR Broiled Chicken Hawaiia, Plenty of spinach, Coffee/tea

Day Five

Afternoon: Spinach Pie Olga, No-sugar added applesauce, Coffee/tea
Main Meal: Fish, any kind, fresh or frozen, broiled or baked, or sauteed or poached, salad, any fresh vegetables you want,including cold diced tables, a slice of protein bread, toasted, Coffee/tea

Day Six

Afternoon: Fruit salad on lettuce, any kind of fruit you want, Coffee/tea
Main Meal: Turkey or chicken, roasted, boiled or broiled OR Marinated Turkey Parts, Salad of tomatoes and lettuce, Grapefruit or canteloupe or watermelon, Coffee/tea

Day Seven

Afternoon: Cold or hot turkey or chicken OR Broiled Chicken Hawaii, Tomato, carrots, cooked cabbage (or broccoli or cauliflower), Coffee/tea
Main Meal: Broiled or Grilled Round Steak OR Cubed steak, pan-broiled in non-stick skillet OR Boneless Ham OR Liver and Onions OR Lean Pot Roast (low-cost lean cut of meat) OR Tenderized Pimento Steak, Salad of lettuce, cucumbers, celery, Cooked tomatoes (fresh or canned withour sugar or oil) or Brussels Sprouts, Coffee/tea Second week just change things around to your personal tastes and favourites.

Quick Important Fact: You are more likely to succeed in any endevour to quit anything by not starting your endevour on a Monday. Statistically, people who try to give up smoking, start a diet, etc on a Monday are statistically more likely to fail. Start your diet on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, you’ll be surprised how much stronger your willpower will be to stick with it.

Scarsdale Vegetarian Diet

Morning Every Day: 1/2 grapefruit or other fruit in season, 1 slice of protein bread, toasted, spread with no-sugar jam or jelly, if desired Tea/coffee/herb tea (no sugar, cream or milk)

Day One

Afternoon: Watercress (or broccoli) soup, Baked potato with low-fat cottage cheese & chives OR 1 oz. uncooked/ 4 oz. cooked soya beans, 6 halves of walnuts or pecans, Baked Apple, Tea/coffee/herb tea
Main Meal: 2 slices cheese of your choice on lettuce, Ratatouille, Artichoke hearts (no oil), cucumbers, radishes, a slice of protein bread, toasted Canteloupe or watermelon or sliced orange, Tea/coffee/herb tea

Day Two

Afternoon: Fruit Salad, as much as you want any kind of fruit with lettuce, celery, a slice of protein bread, toasted spread with no-sugar jam or jelly, if desired Tea/coffee/herb tea
Main Meal: Acorn Squash with cooked apples, Hot or Cold Vegetables, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, all you want, 4 olives, Tea/coffee/herb tea

Day Three

Afternoon: Cheese Stuffed Tomato, Broiled mushrooms, zucchini and carrots, a slice of protein bread, toasted, Tea/coffee/herb tea
Main Meal: Asparagus (or cauliflower, or broccoli) Au Gratin, Pineapples and Squash with nuts, Green salad and tomatoes, a slice of protein bread, toasted, Tea/coffee/herb tea

Day Four

Afternoon: Low-fat cottage cheese with sliced scallions, radishes, cucumbers, Olives, 1 slice of protein bread toasted OR 1oz uncooked/4oz cooked soybeans, Apple, Tea/coffee/herb tea
Main Meal: Cooked Eggplant sprinkled with Parmesan Cheese and tomato sauce, Green salad with choice of low-calorie dressings, Fresh fruit cup with squeeze of lemon or lime, minced mint leaves, Tea/coffee/herb tea

Day Five

Afternoon: Assorted cheese slices, Spinach, a slice of protein bread, toasted, Peach or pear, Tea/coffee/herb tea
Main Meal: Onion bouillion, with low-fat croutons, Stewed vegetables, No-sugar apple sauce with 6 walnuts or pecans, Tea/coffee/herb tea

Day Six

Afternoon: Fruit salad, any kind, as much as you want, with low-fat potted cheese or cottage cheese, on lettuce or other greens, a slice of protein bread, toasted, Tea/coffee/herb tea
Main Meal: Vegetable Cheese Casserole served with 1/2 cup no-sugar apple sauce sprinkled with 1 tablespoon raisins, Sliced Tomato and lettuce with vinegar and lemon dressing or no-fat diet dressing, Tea/coffee/herb tea

Day Seven

Afternoon: Cheese Stuffed tomato, Boiled or mashed potato (no butter) with 1 tablespoon low-fat sour cream and chives OR 1 oz uncooked/ 4 oz cooked soya beans, Stewed fruit; use sugar substitute if desired, Tea/coffee/herb tea
Main Meal: Vegetarian Chow mein on rice, Salad of lettuce, sliced tomatoes, Sliced pineapple or pineapple chunks ( if canned, packed in its own juice or water- not sugar sweetened syrup), Tea/coffee/herb tea
As before with the other Scarsdale Plans, for the second week just change things up to your personal tastes.

Here’s a list of vegetables not permitted on the Scarsdale Medical Diet: Dry Beans (baked beans, lentils, dry white beans, red kidney beans, lima beans, chick peas, black-eyed peas, etc; except soya beans, which are permitted in the Vegetarian diet), Sweet potatoes/Yams

The Lemonade Diet

Proponents of the Lemonade Diet claim you can lose anywhere from 10 to 20 pounds during the ten day diet period. Make sure you consult with your doctor or physician prior to starting the Lemonade Diet.

The instructions for the lemonade diet are as follows:

1. Drink about 100 ounces of the lemonade per day.
2. Drink the salt water flush in the morning as soon as you wake up and drink the herbal laxative tea at night before bed.
3. You cannot eat anything while on the Lemonade Diet. You drink only the lemonade, the saltwater flush, and the herbal tea.
4. The Lemonade Diet is a detoxing and elimination diet, which claims to help rid the body of toxins along with helping you to lose weight fast.

Lemonade Recipe:

2 oz. of fresh squeezed lemon juice (must be fresh squeezed) 2 oz. of maple syrup (must be grade B, organic maple syrup) 1/4 of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper 2 cups of water (spring water or purified water is best) Mix all ingredients well. This makes approximately 20 ounces of lemonade, or two servings. You will need to drink about 10 servings a day.

Salt Water Flush Recipe: 2 teaspoons salt 1 litre of water Mix well. Allow at least half an hour after drinking before leaving the house. You’ll need to be near a bathroom. During the lemonade diet, some dieters complain of diarrhea, dizziness, nausea or vomiting from the salt water flush.

See a doctor immediately if any of your symptoms are severe or prolonged or cause you discomfort.

Hollywood Diet

Hollywood Diet Recipe One: 1 cup low-fat vanilla soy milk, 1 cup orange juice, 1 cup cranberry juice, 1 cup yogurt (plain), 1/4 tsp. wheat-germ oil or 2 tbsp. wheat germ, 1/4 tsp. flaxseed oil Blend all ingredients together, then divide into two portions (each portion is a full day’s diet drink). Sip throughout the day, along with plenty of water for 2 days.

Hollywood Diet Recipe Two: Juice from 8 oranges, Juice from 4 lemons, 4 Tablespoons of honey, 2 bananas, peeled and sliced, 2 apples peeled and sliced, 2 cups of grape juice Blend all ingredients together, then divide into two portions (each portion is a full day’s diet drink). Sip throughout the day, along with plenty of water for 2 days. Stay on the Hollywood Diet for only two days, as this is a juice fast. Be sure to consult your doctor before starting this diet.

I hope these diets give you some food for thought(Pardon the pun) when you are embarking on ways to lose weight.

Please note: These are medically proven weight loss diets that have been proven healthy diets to lose weight fast for many fellow overweight sufferers. I hope you have enjoyed reading about my 5 best diets to lose weight fast as much I have enjoyed sharing this information with you. Most of the meals I have outlined you can source recipes for online by doing searches on the internet. You can succeed in your battle of the bulge, but you need to take action, now!