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Losing weight is so easy a caveman can do it. At least, that’s the premise behind choosing from three meat diets you can eat like a caveman. If primitive humans could survive on meat-based diets, why not their modern descendants? The thought of these sort of diets makes a modern vegetarian or vegan recoil in horror. If you are a meat-and-potatoes type of person, however, any of these three meat diets might be just what you need to drop a few extra pounds.

 

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1. The Caveman Diet. Hunter-gather societies ate mostly meat, fruit and vegetables because that’s all that was available to them. The Caveman Diet is all about eating what you could catch if you were running around with a spear while dressed in only a loincloth, like a stone age man (or a modern drunken man). It requires a person to eliminate grains, dairy, refined sugars and processed foods–because those things were a foreign concept in the paleolithic era. Caveman dieting is all about consuming foods that a caveman could digest. Bring on the mammoth steaks!

 

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2. The Seven Day Diet. One of the fun parts with the Seven Day Diet is alternating between gorging on fruits and vegetables and chowing down on steaks. You spend the first four days of the diet subsisting on fruits or vegetables. It is all the fruit you can eat on Monday, followed by all the vegetables you can eat on Tuesday. Wednesday you combine fruit and vegetables. Thursday is limited to five bananas and five glasses of whole milk. The remaining three days are a meat treat. You can eat four 3 oz steaks (a choice of beef, chicken or fish) and unlimited green vegetables each day.

 

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3. The Atkins Diet. Dieters go through four phases in the Atkins Diet. The induction phase–which is the beginning phase and most restrictive–allows a person to eat 4 to 6 ounces of meat at every meal. All meats are included in the diet so you can incorporate pork, beef, chicken, turkey and fish into any meal. The Atkins Diet lets you consume up to 4 ounces of cheese per day and vegetables with low carbohydrates. The induction phase is restrictive enough that you can lose as much as 5 to 10 pounds per week in the initial weeks of the diet. It’s like liposuction on an installment plan.