Eating Plan Power Rankings

A subjective ranking of the 16 eating plans

Overview...Eat only 2500 calories per day, a significant reduction for me
Results...Lost 17.8 pounds in eight weeks
Comment...Easy to follow.  Effective.  Benefitted from going first.
Quip...104.17 Calories per Hour didn’t have the same ring to it

Overview...Eliminate refined carbs, processed meats/cheeses; eat mostly whole foods
Results...Lost 7.3 pounds in six weeks
Comment...A healthy approach.  Big correlation between processed food and obesity.
Quip...So easy a caveman can do it

Overview...No chips, crackers, fried foods, or sweets
Results...Lost 3.9 pounds in four weeks
Comment...Still ate well and lost weight on vacation!
Quip...But Marge, these deep fried potato chip cookies are whole grain!

Overview...Eat only 1800 calories per day, the lowest I should try, per Mayo Clinic book
Results...Lost 5.8 pounds in four weeks
Comment...Not enough food for my weight; sometimes I give up on it.
Quip...Big guy eating like a petite woman

Overview...Limit of three snacks, seconds, junk food, and/or meals out
Results...Lost 4.6 pounds in eight weeks
Comment...Very manageable.  Replicates what “in control” eaters do.
Quip...Artificial Eating Intelligence

6 – No Whites
Overview...No white bread, rice, potatoes, etc.  Nothing from flour or processed sugar.
Results...Lost one pound in two weeks
Comment...Produces weight loss, but still allows a lot of food with no limit.
Quip...A solid plan?  Or half-hearted “no processed”?

Overview...Use small dinner plates, no seconds
Results...Lost 0.2 pounds in two weeks
Comment...This is a good one, but I needed to close loopholes – too much snacking
Quip...Portion Tricks spoiled by too many Portion Treats

Overview...No eating in restaurants or take-out
Results...Lost 0.7 pounds in two weeks
Comment...Hard to follow with a busy schedule.  Helpful, but not restrictive enough.
Quip...Jared scoffs

Overview...No eating while watching TV or while reading
Results...Gained 0.1 pounds in four weeks
Comment...One of the hardest things I’ve done.  Would rather read than eat!
Quip...Once again we learn humans weren’t meant to multitask

Overview...Rate hunger on a 1-10 scale; eat only when hungry and stop before stuffed
Results...Gained 0.4 pounds in two weeks
Comment...Makes sense, but takes time to learn; needs to dictate healthy food
Quip...My hunger scale is broken; unfortunately, my real scale works

Overview...Don’t eat after 8:00 at night
Results...Gained 2.3 pounds in six weeks
Comment...I never eat healthy after 8:00.  Plus, a 10+ hour break from food.
Quip...Nothing good happens after 8:00

Overview...Eat and live like my fit Granny, who died last year at 93
Results...Gained 2.4 pounds in four weeks
Comment...A mix of eating things Granny ate and seeking out 1950’s foods and habits
Quip...Granny didn’t drive; maybe I should sell my car and walk my a** off...nah

Overview...Write down everything you eat; I carried an index card at all times
Results...One pound gain in two weeks
Comment...Didn’t limit my eating, but did help me understand where I went wrong  
Quip...Only a blogger would think just writing down your meals could make you slim

Overview...Balance meals: ¼ protein, ¼ carbs, ½ fruits and vegetables
Results...Gained 1.8 pounds in two weeks
Comment...I need more structure.  Just too flexible a diet with no real limitations.
Quip...Promotes balance, but so does sumo wrestling

Overview...Limits sodium, calories, and sat. fat to about 1/3 of daily when eating out
Results...Gained 3.7 pounds in two weeks
Comment...Near impossible to follow while eating out; doesn’t limit eating at home
Quip...My new spam campaign: “Gain weight with one simple rule, guaranteed”

Overview...Eat 9 fruits and vegetables per day
Results...Gained 4.1 pounds in two weeks
Comment...Was supposed to fill me up so I didn’t eat other stuff; didn’t work
Quip...Maybe I should have eaten 9 fruits AND 9 vegetables per day

Updated March 20, 2011