As the new year approaches and we are all making our resolutions, what are the best diets for the new year and to start on Jan 1? Here is a list of a few new ones catching a lot of attention and a few oldies but goodies.

1. The The Dukan Diet– This diet is from a french doctor and it seems to be the super Atkins of the French. But what are the Dukan Diet Rules? The back of the book says:

The Dukan Diet is a unique 4-step program, combining two steps to lose your unwanted weight and two steps to keep it off for good:

Step 1: Attack
For 2-7 days eat as much as you want of 72 protein-rich foods.

Step 2: Cruise
Continue eating the protein-rich foods with the addition of 28 vegetables.

Step 3: Consolidation
Add fruit, bread, cheese and starchy foods, and 2 celebration meals a week, allowing 5 days for every pound lost.

Step 4: Stabilization
Eat what you like without regaining weight by following 3 simple rules, including the famous `protein Thursdays’.

Devised by Dr Pierre Dukan, a French medical doctor who has spent his career helping people to lose weight permanently, The Dukan Diet is the culmination of thirty-five years’ clinical experience. Without any of the usual marketing hype, The Dukan Diet swept across France, championed by the people who had successfully lost weight following the diet. It is now estimated that the Dukan community numbers over 5 million people in France. Easy to follow with no calorie counting, The Dukan Diet offers clear simple guidelines, menu planners and delicious recipes for long term success.

Beyond its immense success in France, The Dukan Diet has been adopted by 20 countries and translated into 10 languages. Many international observers agree that this is the method most likely to put a stop to the world’s weight problems.

Plan on buying a lot of  Oat Bran Packages to go along with the book off of Amazon. (That’s the cheapest place to get it). You can also get the Dukan Diet kindle version if Santa was nice enough to bring you a kindle this year!

2. Weight Watchers – Always popular, proven to work, Weight Watchers is the traditional go to diet for a nice stable loss in weight. Pros include their simple points system which is now even easier because they include a lot of foods you can just eat as much as you want of. Even if you don’t like the idea of going to the meetings and weighing in, I highly recommend the Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook which just came out Dec 21. It has great healthy recipes you can fit into almost any healthy eating plan.

3. P90X – If you are about to Bring It for the New Year and you plan on a no holds barred approach, P90X is right up your alley. There is an eating plan that comes with this ultimate workout but you can also tailor it to use with any eating plan. Basically, it is never a bad idea to do the
exercise plan with Whatever you are doing. It has shown great results for people that actually do it. I have a few friends that have transformed their bodies with P90X.

4. If you want to start the new year with a super cleanse to get you started, the Lemonade Diet Cleanse is a good one. This is a great way to wipe the slate clean from all the crap you might have enjoyed over the holidays and prepare your body for dieting. This version is the easiest because all of the ingredients are in a pill but you can also try the Beyonce route and actually drink all of the glasses of cleansing lemonade. Either way, it works with the ability to lose up to 17 pounds in 14 days. The Lemonade Diet Cleanse might be a good way to start the new year off toward a healthy, smaller YOU.

5. – Jillian offers what she promises on her website. Here is an excerpt from Tammy who lost 142 pounds using She says:

I had never watched The Biggest Loser, but I’d heard of Jillian’s reputation and decided to give her online program a try. Once I’d joined and spent a few minutes browsing the site, I felt as though a weight had been lifted from my shoulders. I had tried to lose weight on my own countless times throughout my life, but I’d always failed. Jillian’s approach made sense. Weight loss is a simple math equation: calories in, calories out. You had to burn more calories than you ate. Simple. Not easy, but simple.

When I first began my journey, I followed Jillian’s program pretty strictly. I worked out five days a week with, two rest days, used her circuit training from the site, and followed her suggested calorie limit; I also kept a diary of my food intake each day. In addition, I used Jillian’s DVDs. In the beginning, I was ashamed of my size and very self-conscious about being in a gym with other people. I joined a 24-hour gym and would workout between midnight and 2 a.m. to increase my chances of being alone in the gym. After following this routine for four months, I decided to change to a gym that offered classes. I soon discovered that not only did I not care what other people thought (or whether they might be watching me), I actually enjoyed working out with people around. Their presence helps push me further in my workouts and keeps me moving when I’d rather stop. Today you’ll find me in the gym six days out of seven. I work with a trainer once a week and take strength-training, kickboxing, step, and cardio classes, and I’ve recently added running to my routine — I go out with a group of friends from the gym.

Wow. That is so motivating and you can read Tammy’s entire story on Jillian’s website.

Whichever best diet for the new year you plan to start on Jan 1, remember, it is a marathon, not a sprint and you can get there! Good luck!

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