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Friday, May 3 2013, 07:25 AM EDT
Diet Plans Put to the Test
DAYTON -- Losing weight is on the top of every woman's list, and it's a big challenge.

So we wanted to find out what actually works, so we took it to the expert.

"Not all diets are healthy so you want to be careful about the ones that you pick," said Dr. Rob Kominiarek, America's Fitness Doctor, who works out of Preble County's Medical Center for Kettering Health Network.

Before he gets into what diets work, Dr. Rob wants you to know which ones don't.

"Fad diets in particular, like soup diets or ones that aren't balanced nutritionally can put you into a state of health that isn't appropriate and can be dangerous," said Dr. Rob. "It can cause all kinds of deficiencies in important elements like magnesium, potassium and sodium that can have effects on your heart."

Another popular diet is juicing, which can be used as a meal replacement and does work, but it isn't designed to be the only thing you eat.

If you're looking for a complete change, Dr. Rob recommends what's called the Paleo Diet, or better known as the caveman diet.

"It's a low glycemic nutrition plan and when it comes to health and wellness, healthy aging, we know we want to keep your blood sugars as low as possible," he said.

The caveman diet cuts out processed foods like chips, snacks and of course fast food.

It only lets you eat meats, whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables.

"We'd like to see them follow nutrition plans that are nutritionally balanced," he said. "To help build strong healthy muscles required for you to have a healthy body."

But let's face it, you have to be very focused to live like a caveman in today's world.

If you need a little more help, Dr. Rob has a suggestion.

"Weight Watchers is an excellent tool to help you accomplish your goal. It's a very flexible system, it allows for you to enjoy some of the foods that you like and it's pre-planned," he said.

"It's a lifestyle change, it's not a diet, there is nothing that I cannot eat," said Karen Tucker, who uses Weight Watchers.

Eight years ago, Tucker tipped the scales at more than 300 pounds.

"I was never an overweight girl, never, I wore size 7s and 8s with my sisters and everything was great. It was the latter years that I allowed the weight to continue," she said.

She decided to take the necessary steps to get healthy and three years and three months later she's lost 155 pounds.

"I just lost a whole person, and I had to really start pretty much all over again to realize this is the new me," said Tucker.

But Dr. Rob has one problem with Weight Watchers.

"You can create the caloric restriction which is necessary to lose weight, but I've had patients come in that have chosen to eat the foods that are loaded with sugar, and fat and because they stay under the point level they were able to accomplish their goal and still lost weight," said Dr. Rob.

He says a diet will only work if you're committed and if you allow yourself to be treated every once in a while.

"You need to be able to include those kinds of comfort foods or soul foods that you enjoy otherwise you're giving up the power to the food and not taking the power away," he said.

Power he says every woman can have.Diet Plans Put to the Test

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