4 New Diets to Help You Reach Your Weight Loss Goals

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What's the number one New Year's resolution people make?

Lose weight.

Maybe you're just trying to shed that last 10 pounds. Maybe you've got a bigger goal in mind for tipping the scale in the right direction. Or maybe you're just trying to dial in your diet to improve your health, live longer, and feel better.

But a lot of people struggle with sticking to a diet. And that's often linked to cutting too many calories all at once, or trying to follow a highly restrictive diet.

Seriously, you can only eat rice cakes so many days in a row before there's trouble. Right?

Looking for a diet, meal plan, or way of eating to help you achieve your goals? These four new diets are getting a lot of buzz that can help you stick to your New Year's resolutions.

  • 1. The Bonus Years Diet

    You probably won't feel deprived on the Bonus Years Diet, created by Dr. Ralph Felder and a team of health experts. Why?

    How about some red wine and dark chocolate? Those are two of six foods you'll eat on a daily basis with the Bonus Years Diet. This meal plan also calls for fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, garlic, and nuts.

    It's a meal plan based on foods high in antioxidants to help control blood pressure, and reduce your risk for heart disease and inflammation.

  • 2. The F.A.S.T. Diet

    Don't worry. The F.A.S.T. acronym has nothing to do with going hungry, skipping meals, or impossibly restrictive dieting. It actually stands for Families Always Succeed Together.

    Shelia and Mike Dean, and their six kids lost a cumulative 500 pounds by adjusting their diet to create a small calorie deficit. Combined with regular exercise, weekly weigh-ins, and a sensible meal plan with 60% carbs, 20% fats, losing 1 to 2 pounds a week is a realistic goal.

    Track your calories and macronutrients, and you can even make room for dessert.

  • 3. The Busy Person's Guide to Permanent Weight Loss

    "I'm too busy." It's probably the number one reason people give up on dieting, and go back to fast food, unhealthy snacks, and quickie-mart junk.

    But it doesn't have to be that ways says Dr. Melina Jampolis and creator of this diet for busy people. Just a little bit of pre-planning and smart grocery shopping can make a big difference. And if you are totally pressed for time, Dr. Melina also has recommendations to help you eat healthier when you do hit the drive thru or go to a restaurant.

  • 4. The Fiber 35 Diet

    How much fiber do you eat in a day? Don't know? If your eating habits look anything like the typical American diet, you're probably only getting about 15 to 18 grams of fiber a day.

    But you need more than that for weight loss and weight management, and to reduce your risk for a long list of chronic diseases. How much fiber should you eat per day? Aim for 35 grams a day, says Certified Nutrition Consultant Benda Waton who developed The Fiber 35 Diet with Dr. Leonard Smith.

    So what will you be eating? Plenty of fruits and vegetables, lean protein like chicken and fish, and whole grains.

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