Tried and true diets

As always, 2008 saw its fair share of diet books, promising everythingfrom the perfect hips to freedom from hunger to losing 21 pounds in 21days.

As always, 2008 saw its fair share of diet books, promising everything from the perfect hips to freedom from hunger to losing 21 pounds in 21 days.

A whole new batch soon will be out to launch those new year’s resolutions. But if you want a jump-start on some calorie-kicking diets, here are the ones we liked best — in no particular order — from last year’s slate of reviews.

Diet: The Most Decadent Diet Ever!

Creator: Devin Alexander, a chef and former Los Angeles caterer

Who this is for: Someone who likes to tinker in the kitchen. This plan is mostly recipes, with lots of made-over comfort-food favourites, from burgers to mac and cheese to brownies. The fluffy mini cherry cheesecakes, for example, will satisfy any sweet tooth — and are only 99 calories apiece.

Diet: In Defense of Food

Creator: The award-winning writer Michael Pollan

Who this is for: Those who want to embrace, wholeheartedly, the notion of eating like their great-grandmother. Pollan eschews the modern-day food experience, which he says is mostly composed of “food-like substances,” and has developed a manifesto of eating: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Diet: The Wall Street Diet

Creator: Heather Bauer, a registered dietitian in New York

Who this is for: High-powered, Type A, time-pressured Bay Street types who are too busy to cook almost any meal at home. The diet is a list of strategies for eating out, and eating on the run, so execs can still wine and dine clients without having to sacrifice their health.

Diet: The All-New Atkins Advantage

Creators: Stuart Trager, an orthopaedic surgeon and medical director of Atkins Nutritionals, and Colette Heimowitz, the Atkins company spokesperson

Who this is for: This newest iteration of an old theme is for those who implicitly believe in the Atkins high-protein way of life — and who can live without fruit, whole grains and foods made with flour and sugar.

Diet: Women’s Health Perfect Body Diet

Creators: Cassandra Forsythe, a doctoral candidate in exercise science and nutrition at the University of Connecticut

Who this is for: Those who are up on their nutrition know-how and have less than 25 pounds to lose. They key here is glucomannan, or PGX, a soluble fibre supplement that expands in the gut to help dieters feel full faster and control hunger throughout the day.

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