I totally agree with the best diet being one that you put together yourself, as another poster suggested.
If Eat to Live worked for you, but you want to eat chicken then do the "Eat-to-Live-plus-Chicken" diet. No big deal. In fact, Dr. Fuhrman is pretty clear in his book about the benefits of eating large quantities of fruits and vegetables, EVEN if you continue to consume animal products. So I don't think you have anything to lose in modifying his recommendations to suit your dietary needs and preferences. In fact, you have everything to gain -- an eating plan that actually works for you and leads to sustainable weight loss. Imagine!!
Weight Watchers has zero points plus fruit and vegetables - which puts the emphasis on those, while making you limit other things. Limit, not eliminate, the other things. Depending on how much you want to lose, WW may be a good choice for you. If you only need to lose a few pounds, it's easier to do that on your own, eating more fruits and vegetables and logging your foods (tracking your foods) to see how many calories you're taking in.
I do WW. I said to one of the other members (who happened to be a vegetarian - and lost around 70 pounds so far with WW) that 'the more vegetables I eat, the more I lose.' Which is true, as long as those vegetables don't have butter or oil on them. Vegetables (and fruits) are filling and this works extremely well as long as you know how many calories you can eat in a day.
There was a diet called 'Picture Perfect Weight Loss' by Dr. Shapiro. With it, you could see pictures of two meals or two dishes. You could see how much MORE vegetables and fruits, for example, you could have, for the same number of calories as a Big Mac. Now, I LOVE a Big Mac. But that was a good visual representation of how much more filling food you can eat for the same number of calories - you wouldn't be able to eat it all! Whereas, with the Big Mac, it's yummy but caloric and eaten relatively quickly.
Aside from all the nice fiber, vitamins and minerals you get in veggies and fruits, I think that WW gives zero points to veggies these days just because of that reasoning - you will probably not overeat a vegetable and get the same number of calories as you eat at a drive through. You don't have to belong to or attend WW meetings to know that - and incorporate it into your diet, all on your own.
There are so many plans out there. There are as many plans that don't work or won't work for life. You need something sustainable. Something that you can follow the rest of your life. I don't believe in or follow the SAD diet (standard american diet). I don't feel that you need whole grains as i haven't eaten them in two years. i don't believe that you need dairy. There are plenty of veggies out there that you can get your calcium and iron from and I believe that your body will be able to use the calcium, iron and protein a lot better. As far as "unlimited"-- even the healthiest and best lifestyle plan limits. Remember fruit does convert to sugar. it may be healthier than the sugar that is a piece of cake or candy, but it is still sugar and could cause spikes in blood sugar.
Technically I am vegan raw-- which means that when I make my raw dishes I am 100% vegan. However, like you-- I have no problem with chicken or fish and sometimes the occassional steak. However, when I do eat those proteins they are 100% green fed or wild caught. may be a little more expensive, but I actually eat less because the veggie dishes I make are full of fiber and lots of good enzymes.
Stay away from processed foods-- I haven't eaten a lean cuisine or WW frozen meal in two years. Too much garbage in those in my way of thinking and very little taste. I also have a rule that if I can't pronounce something on a label then there is no possible way it can be good for me.
I made the decision on my lifestyle 2 years ago. I have had my ups and downs, but I have never felt better.
weight watchers seems to have a fairly wide range of "zero point" fruits and veggies.
Be aware, though, that everything you put in your body "counts" as something.
Just make up a menu based on what you have and like; and go from there.
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Honestly, the easiest 'diet' to follow is the one you make yourself...this allows you to learn about nutrition gradually, and allows you to be flexible and make judgement calls because real-life eating isn't so black and white. The nutrition tracker here, after plugging in your weight loss goal and activity level, is a great start (which I see you already use...good job!).
Fish, chicken, fruits and veggies till you are full: this is a pretty healthy place to start. Then augment with other things in moderation (whole grains and beans if you like), some exercise, a few "treats" on occasion, and enjoy life :)
Seriously, a 'diet' with a multitude of can't-eat restrictions sounds easy, but in real-life over time isn't easy at all. What can be easier than understanding what is going into your stomach and making it a fun numbers game?
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I am feeling the need of a straightforward diet plan. I like plans that say don't eat x,y and z, but fruit and vegetables are unlimited.
I have lost weight with Eat to Live before, but now I enjoy eating chicken and fish I need a diet that accomodates this too.
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