Yes, you can lose weight even if you've got to cook for a crowd or dine on the go. We've got the latest eating plans that really work--we know, we've tried them! Find the one that's right for you.
By Amy Paturel
Expect to keep the weight off and increase your longevity on The Bonus Years Diet, coauthored by Ralph Felder, M.D. (G.P. Putnam's Sons), by filling up on the following: red wine (5 ounces daily), dark chocolate (2 ounces daily), raw fruits and vegetables (4 cups daily), fish (three 5-ounce servings weekly), garlic (one clove daily) and nuts (2 ounces daily). "These foods are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids and phytochemicals, all of which can help reduce your risk of heart disease by 76% by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and inflammation throughout the body," says Dr. Felder. The rest of the diet? Totally up to you.
What's on the menu: Try delicious dishes like these: mixed baby greens in a roasted garlic vinaigrette, pears poached in red wine with chocolate and baked spinach and smoked salmon frittata.
Potential pitfall: Repetitive regimens can be boring and hard to stick with long term, so make sure you prepare the six foods in lots of different ways. "Variety is essential to healthful eating and reaching a goal weight," says Milton Stokes, R.D., a dietitian at the University of Connecticut.
Dig in: Because this isn't a plan that promises dramatic results, choose it if you love wine and chocolate, and are looking to maintain a goal weight and reduce your risk of disease.