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The Ultimate Weight Solution: The Seven Keys to Weight-Loss Freedom
By Dr. Phil
The diet plan from this daytime talk-show host boasts seven keys for weight-loss freedom.
Best Tip: Reduce your exposure to unhealthy foods and to cues that cause you to eat.
This works because: You can't eat what isn't there!
Worst Tip: Use exercise poles on your walk to burn more calories.
Why it's not so great: Unless you're cross-country skiing, skip the poles and mix up your routine at the gym instead.
You: On a Diet
By Dr. Oz and Dr. Roizen
Retrain your body during this two-week program, created by Mehmet Oz, M.D. and, his partner, Michael Roizen, M.D., that aims to make you healthier for life.
Best Tip: Pick a range for your ideal weight instead of fixating on a particular number.
This works because: You'll feel guilt-free when faced with the small fluctuations that occur naturally day-to-day.
Worst Tip: Eat the exact same thing for lunch—and breakfast too if you can stand it—every day.
Why it's not so great: The lack of variety may bore you to the point of giving up on your diet.
The Biggest Loser 30 Day Jump Start
By Cheryl Forberg, R.D., Melissa Roberson and Lisa Wheeler
Based on the hit reality show, this is a serious diet and exercise plan for only those serious about weight loss.
Best Tip: Try circuit training.
This works because: The effective, total-body workouts will help you lose weight and inches, as well as boost your metabolism, strengthen your bones, and may even make you more resistant to stress.
Worst Tip: Start your own competition à la Biggest Loser, complete with group meetings and registration fees.
Why it's not so great: Without producers, camera crew and a six-figure salary, it's not worth the trouble.
French Women Don't Get Fat
By Mireille Guiliano
A French-born, NYC exec considers the differences in American portion sizes (big and bigger) and eating techniques (fast and faster) to that of her native country.
Best Tip: Add "petit" and "peu" to your French vocabulary.
This works because: You can have a little of everything if you stick to small portions.
Worst Tip: Carry a sprig of lavender to smell as you pass the tempting aromas floating out of bakeries and restaurants.
Why it's not so great: Even if this did keep your mouth from watering, it could also have you sneezing up a storm (and looking a little silly).
The Beck Diet Solution
By Judith S. Beck, Ph.D.
Dr. Beck's approach is to change the way you think about eating so you can keep up any diet.
Best Tip: Differentiate between cravings and hunger.
This works because: If you can tell the difference between wanting to eat and needing to eat, you can cut out unnecessary calories.
Worst Tip: Just say, "Oh well."
Why it's not so great: If you're really dreading going to the gym, or just dying to have a few more fries, are you really going to be able to just say, "Oh well," and stick to the rules of your diet?
Eat Great, Lose Weight
By Suzanne Somers
Somers doesn't shy away from fat and encourages low-carb, high-protein meals, while steering clear of all things sugary.
Best Tip: Reward yourself with the treats you miss the most while dieting.
This works because: If you long for white bread but couldn't care less about chocolate cake, enjoy a serving of bread before dinner but skip dessert.
Worst Tip: If a restaurant doesn't have whole-wheat pasta, bring your own.
Why it's not so great: Celebrities might be able to have chefs cook off the menu, but the rest of us shouldn't bank on getting the star treatment.
The Thrive Diet: The Whole Food Way to Lose Weight,