5 Healthy, Effective Diets

Diets don't have to be so drastic -- and they actually work if you work hard, too.

Dieting is a war. The plate is the battlefield, and your favorite foods the enemy. Your comrades-at-arms? Depends on the diet.

Steak might be guarding your fork from the evil influence of fettuccine Alfredo, or a bowl of cabbage soup blocking your plate from, well, anything. Fellow soldiers in the form of a grim sea of grapefruits stand sentry against the invasion of ice cream.

Whatever happened to peace talks and diplomacy? Can't spinach and garlic bread co-exist?

We say yes. Diets don't have to be so drastic. If the lemonade diet sounds crazy, that's because it is. You'll definitely lose weight, but you won't keep it off. The human body can't sustain that kind of monotony. Your brain and belly will rebel.

So stop the insanity. Let's bring harmony back to the dinner table -- and figure out how to lose weight in a healthy, effective way that lasts.