I just saw yet another TV ad for a miracle diet that promised the user massive weight loss with little if any effort.
All these things are of course scams. I do confess however that I did try a modified diet plan with great success. It was the South Beach diet and its main feature is its emphasis on drastically reduced carbs. I didn't follow every detail of the plan. I simply shifted my diet from high carb foods to high protein foods and vegetables. This for me was more than a diet. It was a life style change. On top of that I combined it with an exercise program.
As a result of all of this I lost weight, lowered my fasting glucose levels and have more energy. All desirable things.
Exercise is a very important component to any plan so in the interest of being fully informed here's a list of some popular foods and the amount of exercise needed to burn the calories they provide. Caution: It's depressing!
Slice of pizza with peperoni-285 calories
Run 3 miles
Bagel w/cheese-320 calories
Run 3 miles
Slice of bacon-43 calories
Run half a mile
Run 2 miles
McDonald's double cheeseburger-437 calories
Run 4 miles
Glass of beer-150 calories
Run 1.5 miles
Chocolate shake-356 calories
Run 3.5 miles
1 tic-tac-1.9 calories
Run 100 feet
There's more but you get the idea. Bon Appetit