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Diet fads give way to nutrition

In today’s health conscious landscape, fad diets are giving way to nutrition-based health plans designed to maximize nutrient absorption while kick-starting the body’s natural fat-burning processes. As you’re considering diet plans, it’s likely that these three highly popular plans will pop into conversation. Here are basics on each:


What is it? Juice Plus+ is a line of dietary supplements containing concentrated fruit and vegetable juice extracts fortified with added vitamins and nutrients. The brand is built around the concept that overall health is aided by natural fruits and vegetables, which JuicePlus provides through supplements in the form of pills, drinks and meal-replacement powders.

Why does it work? JuicePlus representatives stress the difficulty in finding time to properly prepare healthy food for your family. Often, as a means of convenience, unhealthy and processed foods are chosen rather than something more wholesome. JuicePlus offers a way for families to receive the nutrition they need through capsules and nutrient rich shakes. Further, JuicePlus products are available for children. Fans of the product say that not only do they enjoy the product itself, but that they have seen an increase in their cravings for fruits and vegetables outside of the product.

What are people saying? Joanna Polk of Clarksville, Tennesse, says, “My favorite aspect of the product is that it is just food. It carries a nutrition label, and I feel comfortable giving it to my children. It has always made sense to me, but after seeing the results firsthand, I am more of a believer. It can be utilized in a rejuvenation program where people are experiencing great results from increased energy, less sugar cravings, improved skin conditions and weight loss. Even within my own family, I’ve seen lower blood pressure. The power of whole food nutrition is great.”

What is it? One of the most popular forms of dieting for decades, Weight Watchers operates from the core philosophy of using a science-driven approach to help participants lose weight by forming helpful habits, eating smarter, getting more exercise and providing support. By assigning each food a point value, participants are able to properly manage their calorie intake by not exceeding their daily point allowance. In recent years, the point system has evolved to create a more balanced diet by assigning different types of food (fruits, breads, sugars, etc.) different values. Weight Watchers further aids participants by providing weekly local meetings in most communities to track progress, measure weight and offer support.

Why does it work? Weight Watchers has long been a favored diet plan of participants and health coaches because of the simple way that it teaches nutritional awareness.

By allowing participants to choose their own foods throughout the day while still providing structure and guidance, the system succeeds in creating habits and avoiding binge eating by completely cutting any specific food out. Additionally, by providing support meetings, Weight Watchers creates a community of accountability that lends itself to weight-loss success.

What are people saying? Certified Health Coach Karen Richards says, “Of all the ‘diet-diets’ available to people, Weight Watchers is probably the best simply because it doesn’t require you to deprive yourself of anything and it is essentially teaching you to watch what you eat and is helping you to become conscious of the food that you’re putting into your body. Really, what the program is doing is teaching you portion size, which is a hard thing to learn. It holds you accountable at weekly meetings, as well, which is a huge part of weight loss.”

What is it? AdvoCare is a fitness company offering 70 general nutrition, weight loss, energy and sports performance products. Particularly popular products include Trim, Active, Well, Performance Elite and the 24-Day Challenge. Unlike other weight-loss programs, AdvoCare focuses on “building champions” through enhanced workouts, sugar-free energy drinks and protein powders. No matter where you are in your weight-loss journey or what you’re looking for in the way of product support, AdvoCare likely has a product for you.

Why does it work? Each AdvoCare product has a different science behind it. If you are looking for protein-heavy products to help with a workout, for instance, you will find different products than someone looking for the 24-Day Challenge.

All of the plans, however, are backed by the company’s Scientific and Medical Advisory Board, and an overview of each plan can be found on advocare.com.

What are people saying? “AdvoCare has been great for me,” says AdvoCare client Jessie Davis, “because I don’t always have the time to sit down and research what I’m eating to make sure that I’m getting what I need. With AdvoCare, as long as you follow the plan that you set out to follow, you know that you’re getting what you need. I’ve also noticed that I feel like I have energy to get through my workouts without being exhausted, which is perfect.”

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