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7 Effective Diet Plans for Healthier Lifestyle

Did the holiday season add a little pudge to your waistline? Frustrated with a flabby belly?

Before changing your routines for not giving you killer abs, you should know the real culprit may be your diet — or even your high-stress lifestyle.

If you want to go from fat to fab abs, new research shows that what you eat is important too just like the workout with gym equipment you have been doing. And lifestyle counts, too, because stress doesn't just mess with your head, it also can induce a pooch.

Losing weight and diets can be hard. But they don’t have to be if you have healthy diet plans available to help you decide which weight loss plan is right for you.

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Raw Food Diet

Raw Food Diet

This diet can offer both short- and long-term weight loss since raw foodists normally eat fewer calories than most other people. But such a restrictive, labor-intensive diet certainly isn’t for everyone.

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Flexitarian Diet

Flexitarian Diet

Experts say that this diet plan respectable scores for both short-term and long-term weight loss, and research suggests that semi-vegetarians weigh less than carnivores. By consuming mostly plant-based foods, such as fruits, veggies and whole grains, you’ll likely consume fewer calories, which leads to lower weight.

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Acid Alkaline Diet

Acid Alkaline Diet

If you want to lose weight, consider a different diet. It is likely this diet will contribute to weight loss, but not because of the acid/alkaline effects.

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Dukan diet

Dukan diet

This is a low-carbohydrate (carb), high-protein kind of diet. There’s no limit to how much you can eat during the plan’s four phases, providing you stick to the rules of the plan. During phase one, you’re on a strict lean protein diet. This is for an average of five days to achieve quick weight loss.

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Paleo diet

Paleo diet

The paleo diet, also known as the caveman diet, was Google’s most searched-for weight loss method in 2013. The diet consists of foods that can be hunted and fished – such as meat and seafood – and foods that can be gathered – such as eggs, nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices. It’s a regime based on the supposed eating habits of our hunter-gatherer ancestors during the paleolithic era, before the development of agriculture around 10,000 years ago. Advocates say the paleo diet is a long-term healthy eating plan that can help you lose weight and reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer and other health problems.

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Eco-Atkins Diet

Eco-Atkins Diet

Same with the regular Atkins diet, this one is also low-carb—but it doesn't eliminate carbs entirely, and it's way more plant-based. Instead of loading up on fatty, cholesterol-loaded meats and cheeses, you eat 31 percent of your calories from plant proteins, 43 percent of them from plant fats, and the remaining 26 percent from "good" carbs. Most people on this plan are vegan, but some still eat fish, lean white meat, and dairy products.

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Volumetrics Diet

Volumetrics Diet

This isn't so much a diet plan as a general way of eating. It was developed by Barbara Rolls, a nutrition professor at Penn State University, and it's based on the assumption that people tend to eat the same amount of food each day, regardless of how many calories are in said food. Rolls hypothesized that if you fill your plate with more low-cal foods, like veggies, you'll end up taking in fewer calories without actually eating less food. And it turns out, she was right.