FOX Focus: Picking the Right Diet Plan

Losing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. Two months into the New Year, you might be having a tough time sticking to it.

So many different diets claim to help you take off the pounds but how do you know which one will work the best for you?

Diet books fly off the shelf this time of year, but there are so many to choose from and there seems to always be some fad diet out there. Sometimes it’s tough to know which ones actually work.

Larry North is a health and fitness guru with his own workout centers and series of best selling books. He's seen the January health kick for decades, he’s seen all the problems people make when dieting.

“They cut out their favorite foods,” says Larry, “they stop eating, they cut calories, only to over eat later.”

“If I eat a healthy muscle building breakfast in the morning and I don't eat again until the evening, I could suck a cheese cake through a cocktail straw, that's how hungry I’m going to end up.

He says the positive side of buying any diet book is that it means you're serious about starting a healthy eating program.  But, you have to choose the right one.

First up, the Crazy Sexy Diet.

“The Cazy Sexy diet is pretty much a vegetarian diet, with a detox in it.

It’s a little low in protein,” says Larry.

Onto the next one, the Dukan Diet.

“What they're basically trying to encourage you to do is cycle your eating,” says Larry. 

“So protein one day, protein and veggies another, protein and carb the next day and eat whatever the next day. It really is a diet so if you can't do that the rest of your life, I don't know if it's worth doing for a week.

What about the 17 Day Diet?

“That had the most balance, because they are teaching you about your metabolism, the importance of eating protein carbs and importance of fiber in your diet,” says Larry

The last one is the Petite Advantage Diet.

“They're trying to target all women under 5 foot 5,” Larry said, “but actually when you look through the book, it's not bad.”

As for his secret to health and longevity? It's simple, eat healthy and exercise.

“Eat to feed your muscle, eat to starve the fat, eat to increase and eat to get results,” is Larry’s motto.

Of course with any diet, it is always best to consult your doctor before you make any drastic changes with your eating habits.