If you want to lose weight, there’s nothing more motivating than seeing fast results. With warmer weather on the horizon, trying a quick-fix diet certainly is tempting, and many speedy weight-loss solutions are popular for a reason; you get the immediate satisfaction of a seeing a lighter load on the scale (and of course a looser waistband). But strategies like juice fasts, skipping meals, and cutting way back on calories aren’t sustainable in the long term, so any weight loss is likely to come back once you return to your normal eating patterns.
We talked to Christine Gerbstadt, M.D., R.D. and author of The Doctor's Detox Diet: The Ultimate Weight Loss Prescription and Melissa Joy Dobbins M.S., R.D., for their ideas on how to follow six common diets safely—and still lose the weight you want.