Low Carb Diets
Low carb diets are becoming popular as more and more people realise the
advantages of the low carb approach for health and weight loss. This
section gives an overview of the most popular low carb diets.
Low carb diet overview
information about low carb diets in order to help you choose a low carb diet
and get started.
Dr Atkins New
Diet Revolution is the best selling low carb diet, and its been around
the longest. The Atkins diet is designed for faster weight loss
(although it doesn't work that way for everyone) and its the lowest in
carbohydrates of the top low carb diets. Atkins is also the diet that
conventional nutritionists love to criticise, because, unlike the other
top low carb diets, it encourages ketosis (a sign that your body is burning fat
Carbohydrate Addicts Diet
The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet (CAD)
is like being on Atkins for breakfast & lunch, (but without counting
carbs, because you're restricted to a specific list of low carb foods)
and then being on the Zone for dinner. CAD recommends that dinner is a balanced meal, (which also makes dinner
Power gives the best explanation of the importance of protein in the diet,
and also of the importance of fiber, and why you don't have to count fiber
carbs. Similar to Atkins, but without the emphasis on ketosis /
lipolysis. Protein Power is the best book to buy if you're interested in
the scientific explanation of how low carbohydrate diets work.
If you haven't found the low carb diet that will get you to your
goal weight, the Rosedale diet could be well worth trying. This diet is definitely low carb,
but it also limits proteins and is relatively low in saturated fats.
South Beach Diet
The South Beach Diet is becoming popular. Its
based on the glycemic index, and somewhat higher in carbs than the other low carb diets - so much so, that its
author claims that its not low carb at all! - Technically, you could call
it a 'moderate carb diet'. Many people find the South Beach Diet easier to handle,
because its a bit more generous with the carbs. Be sure to read the book first!
The Zone diet was originally designed
for athletes. It recommends a 40-30-30 balance of carbohydrates, fats
& protein every time you eat, making it the highest in
carbohydrates of the top low carb diets. It is one of the more complicated low carb diets to plan for.
counting carbs, you need a ready reference - whether its a
carbohydrate counter book or software, or both, is really your
preference. If you prefer to use carb tracking software, you might also
find it convenient to have a pocket reference to carry with you.
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