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Five Weight-Loss Diets That Work

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With so many health fads and diet tricks to try and lose weight and improve overall health, it’s hard to know which ones to try. While some may seem ridiculous and just plain unpleasant (I’m looking at you, oil pulling), they can actually supply you with benefits you never knew were possible.

Five Weight-Loss Diets That Work

Over the years, people have tried all kinds of crazy and harmful diets. Many of the dangerous diets of the past caused serious harm to women’s bodies. But don’t let that scare you off. Just because a health trend sounds silly or tough, doesn’t mean it won’t work wonders. But it’s super important to know which ones are healthy, and which are a dangerous gimmick.

Five Weight-Loss Diets That Work

Read on for our list of the five best diets and trends that will help you lose weight the healthy way. Just to keep it balanced, I not only did a ton of research, but also tried all of the diets, so I could give you the real upsides and downsides. If you try any of them, please let me know in the comments below…

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A writer, artist and designer since she was young enough to put pencil to paper, Hilary spends most of her time in France, but still considers herself a New Yorker, and visits regularly. Hilary spent the past decade living in NYC and has traveled extensively around the world, looking for hot new topics, destinations, and brands to bring to Urbanette readers.

56 Comments

  1. Jessika Hag

    I thought I will dislike the article because of my bad attitude towards the ways of dieting. I have read lots of articles which state the same, that one will lose weight the natural way by doing this or that. Then I read that you’ve tried all of them, and was curious to know what’s it about. I will recommend the teatox to my cousin. Oil pulling is the great aid for sleeping better because some ingredients found in toothpaste are energizing, but I would never try it because of the silly 20 minutes of swishing, as you have written, can result in jaw soreness.

  2. Ketty Ben

    I love tea and its help in weight-loss. Green tea is the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and various substances that are beneficial for health.

  3. Jenny Permel

    Amazing tips! I agree juicing is a very effective, nutritional way to lose get rid of those nasty toxins while shedding away those extra pounds. Most people lose weight within first two weeks.

  4. Issabell Symon

    Plant based diets are really helpful for weight-loss. I am dieting and i try one new food each week, which makes me feel really good. I suggest everyone should do this.

  5. Lulia Jan

    An outstanding share! It’s amazing what some healthy juice will do for not only your body ,but your mind too! Make sure juicing as part of your diet when you go back to eating solids. Thanks for the post

  6. Andrea Mitchell

    Fantastic post and a great way to get the diet back to normal after a summer of splurging. One of my favorites to date. Its so easy to get in a rut with every day eating and so this post served for great inspiration. Would love more posts like this. Thanks 🙂

  7. Amelia Beckons

    Thanks for such a great post Hilary! I’m sure this took a ton of work! I have already sent this to one of my coworkers who was needing a reboot after vacation. I really appreciate it!

  8. Camila Hilhorst

    I love this post!!! I’m a (control freak) meal planner, so I love love love new ideas for balancing the days. And your tips sound perfect for someone needing a little change in their diet!

  9. Gerry Carlton

    Please do more articles like this. Hell, I love your whole blog, but especially health-related articles. It’s helpful, informative and makes eating well seem achievable 🙂

  10. Pasty Clin

    Wonderful article !! A lot of people make mistakes when juicing and don’t truly understand the necessary nutrition and calories restrictions that need to be considered. juicing is really help in weight loss.

  11. Charleen Washington

    I’m coconut oil pulling right now! My roomie seems to be having nausea (and possibly acne?) from it and wants to quit. I, on the other hand, have only noticed positive effects after two weeks. I’ve had more energy, and fresher breath. 🙂

  12. Loraine Aguilar

    I’m looking to start my journey to going gluten free. I don’t want to go too crazy at first. So these tips were quite useful. I’ve learnt much outstanding stuff here. It is definitely should be bookmarked to revisit. I love all details that you give in your articles.

  13. Lena Dzeko

    Awesome work! That is quite appreciated. It’s amazing how much gluten is contained in every product for the body besides food. You’ve pointed out great resources to start becoming naturally gluten-free. Thanks for the tips.

  14. Monika Smith

    Great article 🙂 I have just forwarded this on to a colleague who has been conducting a little homework on this. I think it’ll be really helpful for him. Thank you for sharing this article, Hilary. I love your writing xo

  15. Dana Rosatti

    The problem with fruit juice is that you consume a lot more fruit than you would normally eat whole. You are ending up with a lot of calories and not the fibre.

    Vegetables, cooked in soup, and served chilled, if that’s what you prefer, give you low cal fibre and are very filling. They are definitely the way to go to lose weight and be healthy.

  16. Bethany Miles

    Wow! Thanks so much to everyone who took the time to write about their experiences. This is just SO helpful. I have one more question: Does it matter what time of day you oi pull? I thought I had read 1st thing in the a.m. but that is tricky for me. Is it ok to pull after breakfast or after eating anything?

    • Do it in the morning after drinking some warm water with fresh organic lemon squeezed into it, after brushing your teeth and cleaning your tongue, on an empty stomach.

  17. Teresa Tanner

    Handy tips. I have recently been diagnosed with gastro-paresis and part of that includes living gluten free amongst other intolerances so it’s been a big lifestyle change but we’ve found inspiration and fun recipes so you can still enjoy food.:)

  18. Leslie Williams

    What about meal replacement shakes. Like fat blaster, musashi etc. I think there around 90 kilojules with a glass of milk. They ok on fast day? They are quite filling.

    • Depends on the ingredients, but generally it’s best to eat whole plant foods than shakes. Avoid shakes with added sugar or dairy, as neither are healthy.

  19. Lana Urie

    Hello, I would like some insight in what happen when I was on day 4 of oil pulling. First of all I love it. I used cold pressed Sesame oil. The first few days my sinuses were amazing clear could really breath better. on like the 3 day my stomach was really hurting and I was bloated, gasy. Pain late at night and early morning. I had H pylori in sept and in nov took the breathe test and was told it was not active. The symptoms are similar. Could this be Detox???

    • Sometimes detoxing causes uncomfortable symptoms until you get all the toxins out, but I’d check with an integrative doctor just to be sure.

  20. Nicky Bryan

    These are useful tips for people who have an intolerance to gluten or people who suffer from a wheat allergy. They remind you of the good things that you can do even if you follow this diet. I think it’s a good one. It offers you a positive outlook on the diet!

  21. Olivia Peterson

    As a sucker for kitchen gadgets I bought a Nutribullet a couple of months ago. Unlike juicing the NB blends everything to a pulp and you drink the lot, fibre and all. It has been a great purchase.

    I don’t however have smoothies on fast days – prefer to sit down to a meal in the evening that I can chew and take more time over preparing and eating. I didn’t have a terrible diet before doing the fast diet but have gradually changed some of my eating habits and food choices. In particular I am loving having vegetable and fruit smooothies on my non fast days – usually for breakfast and occasionally as a night time snack. They are great at the weekend when I would otherwise get carried away with lots of toast and butter and eggs. Spinach, frozen banana, frozen mango, cashew nuts, chia seeds, maca powder and coconut water is just divine!

  22. Naincy Winget

    Awesome article about diet and weight loss. Thanks for sharing. This is really helpful. This is very inspiring how to loose weight in healthy way.

  23. Frances Seifert

    Thank-you very much, i was searching for this article. I have a question, is it possible to extract oil directly by grading the fresh coconut??? Or should i use the dried one?

    • Just buy coconut oil in a glass jar at your local health food store. Avoid plastic, as toxins leach out of the plastic into the oil.

  24. Betty O'Leary

    I’ve been pulling for about a week now and can already see a difference in my adult acne. My face is much clearer every morning when i wake up. I’ve been sleeping well and having vivid dreams that i actually remember when i wake up. I’m definetely going to keep it up! 🙂

  25. Julia MacLean

    I use smoothies as part of my daily routine to fulfill my micro nutrient needs. It completely depends on what you put into your smoothie. I use mainly green veggies such as 250g of spinach,combined with asparagus, broccoli, brussel sprouts and other left over veggies. Depending on my protein needs I add egg whites, protein powder, unsweetened almond milk and for taste some blueberries.
    I would never EAT that much spinach in a day, but by drinking it I get all the nutrients. For me a smoothie is a meal replacement (breakfast) and it keeps me satisfied regularly until dinner.
    I do obviously count the calories of the ingredients but I have to say, I could not leave without my daily smoothies anymore. Beware, there is a huge difference between juicing and blending. I use a blender.

  26. Kimberly Thompson

    I’ve been oil pulling for a few years and I agree with all the above! The only thing I don’t do is the salt water rinse, I just use warm water. What is the benefit? Thanks!

  27. Kaitlyn Barrett

    I always like to check calories so if the calories are too high then a juice or a smoothie is out of the question for me. However I did try eating soup on fast days for a few weeks. I lost weight but when I changed to eating a normal dinner within the 500 calorie range I still lost weight and enjoyed my dinner more too. Also take a fruit smoothie: might have lots of Vit C but also a lot of sugar and no protein. A veg juice would be better if going down that road I think as the sugar content is lower but I personally like some protein when I’m fasting. Milky shakes are another option but not as satisfying as a proper dinner.

  28. Danielle Wilson

    I love drinking tea so I never mind drinking a detox tea. Most of my weight loss results came from a teatox and a simple diet I followed. 🙂

  29. Daisy Clarke

    Have you noticed that oil pulling has whitened your teeth? I have super sensitive teeth anyway so I am afraid to try harsh chemical whiteners and also do not want anything too abrasive like baking soda on my teeth. Therefore, I would love to know whether or not oil pulling actually whitens teeth or if that is a myth.

  30. I’ve been wondering about this whole tea sensation craze. Sounds like drinking green tea or yerba tea would have the same results given proper diet and workout plan as well.

  31. Seriously, I don’t understand what “gluten-free” means until I read your article! Thanks for the comprehensive info!

  32. Great article! I’ve tried some teatox stuff and it wasn’t the most pleasant experience! It’s good to get some actual facts on these tea diets, it’s so easy to be sucked in by the beautiful girls promoting the tea…I have been one of those suckers. haha

  33. Thank you so much for sharing this great info about adapting a plant-based diet. It’s really good to know that there are still lots of ways to lose weight for vegetarians out there. Great blog!

  34. For me, “oil pulling diet” is ridiculous! And I’d have to agree with you that among the diets in your list, “juicing” would be the most convenient.

  35. I definitely am in!! Yes, I am going to give it a try. Your ideas are so inspiring. Thank you. Ps. I am using organic virgin unrefined coconut oil is that the right stuff? It’s not thick either or that may be just the effect of the room temperature?

    • Yes, the room temperature dictates if coconut oil is solid or liquid. What you’re using is perfect — just make sure to buy it in a glass jar.

  36. Jodie Carpenter

    I’m so glad I found this! I had a colleague ask me about it a couple of years ago. She wanted to know if I had any experience with this or knew of it. I meant to look into it then but it fell off the radar. When I recently had a client ask me about it & I had to admit I really didn’t know a lot about it I wished I had looked into it sooner. I’m going to get started today investigating it by my own experience. Thanks so much!

  37. I am seriously condsidering changing over to a vegitarian diet, for several reasons. Mostly for spiritual reasons and the belief that the body is the temple and should be respected. I feel that a vegitarian diet would be the most respectful to my body. However, my family is not really supportive of this decision. My husband is a definate meat eater and is afraid that if I start eating a vegitarian diet that we wont be able to enjoy meals together anymore. I do not want to “convert” him into becoming vegitarian, but I also want this to be an easy transition on him as well as myself, seeings how I am the cook of the family. Do you have any suggestions?

  38. So many detox teas and supplements, we can’t seem to pick one. Amazing read! Thanks for all the tips. I’m really interested in more of a plantbased way of eating.

  39. Gina Mehari

    I tried the 28 day teatox program and lost 5kg and was really happy with the overall results. I was less bloated and had more energy throughout the program. My stomach was much flatter and my legs were more toned. 🙂

  40. I find this article very helpful for me! Thanks for writing these diets in detail!

    I’m starting to get vegan. Yes, my main objective for this choice is to lose weight. I’d like to lose weight not because of it’s “visual” beauty but because I honestly don’t feel healthy if I maintain the heavy weight I’m in.

  41. Andrea Beasley

    I love Oil Pulling! It’s so simple but the added benefits are incredible! I oil pull in the shower if I have one first thing in the morning, if not I’ll do it while I cook breakfast! I’ve also oil pulled after having a couple of drinks the night before and it actually helped my hangover 🙂

  42. Great tips! I wonder, though, is a Jamba Juice for lunch on a fasting day a good option for those in a rush. I don’t even know what the calorie count is on a typical Jamba Juice smoothie, but one would assume that it’s pretty low. I suppose the calorie information can be found somewhere online.

  43. Fantastic! I’ve been hearing about “vegan” diet from my friends and I’m tempted to try it. No, I won’t be doing it to reduce weight… But just the thought that I’d cut ice cream and yogurt, gives me second thoughts… *sigh*

    I think more than physical, this diet requires emotional preparation!

  44. I haven’t tried oil pulling before, but I’ve heard about it. Sounds like there’s a good amount of benefits. I’d like to research more about it! 🙂

  45. Great post, love all of the tips. I have difficulty getting certain vitamins, and because I get in a comfortable rut with food. I don’t necessarily WANT to switch things up once I have found something I like or that works with my workouts.

  46. I have seen some of these teas but found the prices seem to keep going up and up and up. I need to be recommended of some brands that are much more affordable and actually offer free world wide shipping.

  47. Selia Szczepanska

    Great post… hopefully it will inspire a few more people to make the change on a more permanent basis. I think these tips are also great in general for anyone looking to make a change in their lifestyle.

  48. I so want to try this but have found conflicting information on if you already have fillings – will the oil pulling affect the integrity of the filling that you know of? Some online say yes it could pull the filling out? Appreciate any information you may have come across on this!

  49. I’ve tried teatox and the experience was terrible! It caused headaches, vomiting and extreme stomach pain! I stopped right away, I can’t bear the side effects…

  50. Very informative! Thanks for writing both about the pros and cons 🙂

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