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Fitness

4 Crash Diets -- Tested

We asked women to try four popular new eating plans that promise slimming results fast. Get the good (14 pounds lost!), the bad (zero pounds lost!), and the icky (spinach juice!) right here.
Christian McKenzie The Paleo Solution: Results

On the Paleo Solution, Christian lost seven pounds in one month by eating whole foods.

Before: 166 pounds
After: 159 pounds

What Worked: "I learned that fruits and nuts are more satisfying than chips. I don't feel weighed down after meals, and I'm not hungry -- that's a first! The plan got easier when I found a prepared meal that meets Paleo guidelines: the grilled salmon with fresh corn salad from Whole Foods Market."

What Didn't: "I struggled with the lack of processed carbs, though I didn't crave them after a week, just as the book promised. The recipes are simple, but most take advance prep. That means if I'm traveling or too busy to pack a lunch, I'm in trouble. The worst part? No desserts. I can't do without a treat here and there, so I allow myself one a week."

The Pro's Take: "Eating more fruits and vegetables and less processed food is great," says Renata Shiloah, RD, director of nutrition at the Comprehensive Community Health Center in the Bronx, New York. "But the plan is hard to follow over the long run, because it's low-calorie and restricts grains. Eating so few carbohydrates could cause headaches or fatigue." Her advice: Supplement Paleo with complex carbs, such as sweet potatoes or beans.

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