Weight loss diets come in many different forms so knowing the best one to use can be a challenge. The ITV show, Save Money: Lose Weight, road tested different plans to see which gets the best results without spending too much money. So does the Eat Yourself Healthy and Pegan diet really work?

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What is the “Eat Yourself Healthy” diet?

The Eat Yourself Healthy diet is an an anti-inflammatory and fibre rich diet, that suggests that by eating healthy food options high in fibre slimmers will be able to lose weight more naturally and prevent gut inflammation.

According to scientific studies, there is a close connection between food, inflammation and various diseases. So, what causes inflammation in the gut?

Lack of exercise, stress, genetic predisposition, and exposure to toxins can all contribute to chronic inflammation, but dietary choices play a big role as well.

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“Learning how specific foods influence the inflammatory process is the best strategy for containing it and reducing long-term disease risks,” said Dr. Andrew Weil.

How can you control inflammation with food? By selecting and preparing foods that will reduce inflammation as well as provide steady energy by being rich in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids & fibre. 

By sticking to foods that contain fibre, protein and plant-based fat, the nutrients in the foods slow down digestion and help you to feel fuller for longer which does wonders for weight loss.

Another key factor in the diet is to stay hydrated. So drinking water, or drinks that are mostly water (tea, very tilted fruit juice, water with lemon, min, cucumber) throughout the day ensures that you are “Eat Yourself Healthy”.

But does the diet really work?

According to experts and studies, the diet is successful to an extent but is not a short-term solution, followers of this diet are expected to overhaul the diet completely – and often permanently – to see the success of the diet.

According to the programme to sustain the Eat Yourself Healthy diet, typically it would cost a slimmer around £320 a month to stay on this diet.

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What is the Pegan Diet?

The Pegan diet is all about fresh, wholesome foods, enjoyed in balance with each other and in accordance with what your body naturally craves,” Amelia Levin writes in the first chapter of her book, The Complete Pegan Diet for Beginners.

The Pegan diet combines some principles of the paleo diet and veganism and prescribes a plant-based eating style.

Dr. Mark Hyman first coined the term on his blog in 2014, but the philosophy has only since picked up steam.

What do you eat on the Pegan diet?

Followers of the diet eat vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, meat, fish, and eggs and avoid dairy, grains, legumes, sugar, and processed foods.

But does the diet really work?

While the Pegan diet may work, according to experts, the Pegan diet is often deemed as “hard to follow” and it’s severely restrictive and most slimmers find that they can not follow this diet long-term.  

It would cost a slimmer around £270 a month to be on this diet, according to the weight loss programme.

The Pegan diet is cheaper to sustain than the Eat Yourself Healthy diet by £50.

Save Money: Lose Weight airs Thursdays on ITV at 8:30pm.

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