The “No S” planiStock/AzmanJaka
When it comes to nutrition sometimes simplicity is the best policy. Who can stick with a plan that involves complicated tables, timing, and food prep? Enter the “No S” diet plan. You can still eat whatever you like as long as you follow these three rules: No snacks, no seconds, and no sweets—except on days that start with “S” (i.e., weekends). Sticking to a clean diet during the week and allowing yourself a little flexibility on the weekends? It doesn’t get any simpler than that! This is classic diet advice you can safely ignore.
Fasting is all the rage right now but this isn’t some new-fangled diet fad that will soon go the way of the ThighMaster. People have been abstaining from food for extended periods of time for as long as there have been people and now new research is showing that regular fasting has serious health benefits, including slowing the aging process, improving diabetes, preventing heart disease, and, yes, weight loss. There are many different ways to try this. Two of the most popular fasting plans include the 5:2 Diet, where you eat normally five days a week and fast for two, and the 16:8 plan, where you fast 16 hours a day and eat what you like during an 8-hour window. Or try The 2-Day Diabetes Diet by Reader’s Digest, where you follow highly nutritious “fast days” twice a week, and a moderate Mediterranean-style diet the other five days.