Fad Diet Pros and Cons

These days diets are a dime a dozen. But which ones actually work? Nutritionist Melissa Ramos put three of the top ones to the test. Here is what she found.

1. The Dukan Diet

The Dukan Diet

The Dukan diet consists of four stages called the "attack" phases:

Attack phase: pure protein + 1.5 tbsp oat bran per day.

Cruise phase: protein again + 2 tbsp oat bran per day + vegetables (add grilled asparagus & mushrooms) + more water.

Consolidation phase: 1 portion of fruit (apple) per day + 2 slices of whole grain toast per day + 40g of cheese

Stabilization phase: eat anything you want for six days but have a protein-only day once a week.

A Day's Worth of Food:

Breakfast:

Lunch:

Dinner:

Snack:

Melissa's Pros

Melissa's Cons

2. The Cabbage Soup Diet

The Cabbage Soup Diet

The cabbage soup diet claims it's not intended to be a long-term diet, but will help you rapidly lose weight by simply eating cabbage soup from a recipe they provide. It consists of eating cabbage soup for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Melissa's Pros

Melissa's Cons

3. The Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet

The Paleo diet, also known as the caveman diet, is all about eating wholesome natural foods, like the cavemen used to eat. This consists of meats, fish, vegetables, wild fruits, eggs and nuts.

A Day's Worth of Food:

Breakfast: 2 eggs and a spinach salad

Lunch: 6 oz grilled chicken and steamed veggies

Dinner: chicken shish-kebabs with veggies

Snack: avacado, nuts and fruit

Melissa's Pros:

Melissa's Cons

So the winner? The Paleo diet!

Melissa chose The Paleo diet as a clear winner. The diet has a balance of the major food groups you need to survive. This diet is more of a lifestyle change so your chances of success are greater!