Diet Warning: Seven Weight Loss Plans to Avoid

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It's beach season, the time of year when we put away those winter clothes for another year and break out the bikinis and beach blankets. The problem for many of us: Those bulges gained as we noshed on winter comfort foods. If you want to lose the love handles, choosing the right weight loss plan is essential. But what really works? On June 25, ABC News unveiled seven weight loss plans to avoid, and we've added a few notes about what to consider for success in shedding those pounds.

Paleo Diets

Many nutritionists consider this plan unhealthy because it is difficult to follow. It also eliminates dairy, grains and legumes. What to keep from this plan: The emphasis on eating whole foods rather than processed products high in sugar and/or white flour.

Gluten-Free Diets

Gorging on gluten-free goodies and not losing weight? There's a reason. Unless you have a health reason to bypass the wheat, gluten-free diets often miss out on fiber, which fills you up, not out. A better choice: Get rid of the white flour in your diet, emphasizing whole grains.

Blood Type Diets

Scientific studies show no evidence to support this diet. A better choice: Studies do show that eating a diet low in carbohydrates can help with weight loss. Learn more in the following story, discussing how carbohydrates cause cravings just like drug addicts experience.

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Lemon juice, water, maple syrup and a laxative - with a few variations - make up this skip-the-food fast. Ugh. Avoid for your health! A better choice: Go on a fruit and vegetable detox plan, eating only fruits and vegetables for a few days.

Baby Food Diet

Superstars supposedly choose this plan to lose weight, nibbling on jars of baby food all day. It's expensive and, like most fad diets, works only short-term. Once you stop babying yourself, back comes the weight.

Dukan Diet

ABC News reports that an expert termed this diet "idiotic," calling it too restrictive. What's good: It does incorporate bran for fiber and emphasizes exercise and unprocessed foods.

Raw Food Diet

You'll lose weight, but at what cost? Eating only raw foods can be difficult to achieve permanently. A better choice: Emphasize the use of salads to fill up at every meal (use green smoothies for breakfast and "drink" your salad!).

Message to Remember

What works for weight loss remains the same: Burn more calories than you take in, and you'll lose weight. Focus on tossing out the white flour, white sugar and saturated fat; emphasize vegetables, fruits, lean protein, low-fat dairy and whole grains, and you'll succeed in time to show off that itsy bitsy bikini!

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