Evaluating Diet Plans: Which One is Right for You?
Choosing a Diet: Find One that is Nutritionally Sound and
Develop a Routine Plan of Exercise -
One can get confused trying to weigh (no pun intended) the advantages and
disadvantages of the various diet plans. After all, menus are categorized under
low-carb diets, low-fat diets, and low-calorie weight loss plans. There are even
diets that help you develop six-pack abs. So, which diet works and which only
offers temporary results?
Typically, choosing a balanced diet that will help you change the way you
think about food and what you select is the best bet. If you learn to eat more
healthily and exercise more, you’ll start to peel off the pounds and keep them
off. The following diet plans provide a quick overview of what a dieter can
expect if they choose to follow them.
Low Carb Eating
Low-carb plans offer a popular approach to weight loss as the menus they espouse
permit dieters to burn stored fat more efficiently. The following low-carb plans
are favorite ways to count carbs instead of calories.
The Atkins Diet. This diet plan promises dieters that they can lose as
much as 15 pounds in only a couple weeks. All they need to do is to reduce the
carbs they eat. According to the plan, limiting or reducing carbs causes the
body to reach out for another energy source, the stored fat in your body. To
lose weight, Atkins dieters are directed to eat protein foods like meat or eggs
and shun any starchy carbs like bread or potatoes. Four phases of the diet are
featured and lists are supplied to make it easier for dieters to determine what
and what not to eat.
The Paleo Diet Plan. If you still like the idea of a low-carb plan,
then the Paleo Diet might be the diet for you. “Paleo” is short for
“Paleolithic,” – a period long ago when people did not fall prey to overeating
or disease. This diet plan, which is also coined as the hunter-gatherer diet
plan, directs dieters to concentrate on consuming such foods as vegetables,
fruits, poultry, meat or fish. Dieters refer to the book, “The Paleo Diet,” as
The GI Diet. The GI diet, short for the Glycemic-Index diet, advocates
the consumption of low GI carb foods. Therefore, dieters are encouraged to eat
foods that contain 55 or fewer carbs. Foods that contain 70 or more carbs should
be eaten with discretion. The University of Sydney, which invented the diet,
provides further information about the program on its International GI database.
You can visit the
Glycemic Index site for all the details.
Low-fat diets make it possible for dieters to lose weight as well as improve
their cardio conditioning. One program, the TLC Diet, is a heart-healthy diet
that is approved by the American Heart Association.
The TLC Diet. While the aforementioned diets stress low-carb menus,
the TLC diet advocates a low-fat, heart-healthy menu plan. Again, TLC, which
stands for Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes, is endorsed by the American Heart
Association. Therefore, dieters eat a diet free from cardio-unfriendly,
saturated fat. Fried foods are off-limits as is any type of cuisine that can
increase the cholesterol in your bloodstream. TLC dieters then eat more
plant-type foods that contain the soluble fiber needed to cleanse the system of
bad LDL cholesterol.
A Low-calorie Weight Loss Plan
Low-calorie diets should also be nutritionally dense. Therefore, cutting
calories entails eating foods that not only support the nutritional needs of the
dieter but also help him lose weight.
The Raw Food Diet. A low-calorie diet to consider is the Raw Food Diet
Plan, which was the invention of a doctor who came up with the menu in the late
1800s. The diet promotes the consumption of such raw foods as vegetables,
fruits, and nuts. Any foods that are eaten are not supposed to be heated over a
temperature of 115 degrees Fahrenheit.
While most raw food dieters eat vegan-type foods, some may resort to
consuming raw fish or unpasteurized milk as well. Staples of the diet can also include grains,
sunflower seeds, sprouts, or dried legumes. Obviously, this diet is not one you
can permanently follow if you like soups, stews or oven-baked foods.
Dieters who desire a flat stomach can realize their goal by eating foods that
support fat loss and increase muscle tone. The Abs Diet has proven to be a good
choice nutritionally as well as calorically.
The Abs Diet. People who want to have flat stomachs have a menu plan they can
follow and adapt to their lifestyle. The Abs Diet plan guarantees that you’ll
shed 12 pounds of belly fat in only two weeks. Plus, you’ll be able to sport
six-pack abs in just over a month and a half. Dieters are guided to consume 12
nutritionally dense foods, all which promote the building of lean muscle and the
reduction of stomach fat.
Therefore, if you want to see the kind of results touted by the formulators
of the plan, you have to follow the diet for at least six weeks. Ideally, the
diet will help you permanently give up the processed or fried foods that cause
belly fat in the first place. Foods such as oatmeal, almonds, raspberries,
peanut butter whole grains, and eggs are all included in the Abs Diet menu.
Dieters can also savor “cheat” types of cuisine once a week, such as chicken
wings or pizza.
Foods that Slim You
The following video reviews the foods to eat in order to stay slim and trim.
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