"Cookie Cutter" Low Carb Diet Plans ExplainedWritten by Jenny Mathers
"Cookie Cutter" Low Carb Diet Plans Explained
by Jenny Mathers
Most diet plans, including low carb diet plans are best taken with a grain of salt, because although one may work for your best friend, it may not work for you. For those with serious weight problems and have co-existing issues such as hyperglycaemia (high blood sugar levels) or like some of us hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar levels) etc., popular diet plans usually will not be able to cater to individual needs.
We are all individuals and as such we need to feed ourselves as individuals, having said this some diet plans will be more beneficial for general population that others. To assess which particular diet plan will be beneficial, you can follow these guidelines. They are very much common sense points, and provide a good framework which many nutrition professionals would broadly follow, and within which you can divide scammy diet plans from those that can offer you safe and healthy diet ideas.
In addition to these points, I've broadly outlined low carb diet plans, which seem to be occupying minds of dieters and researchers alike, as well as research for and against pertinent to low carb diet plans.
- Diet offers sufficient balance and a variety of carbohydrates, protein and fats.
- Diet does not exclude one particular food group, and encourage excessive consumption of another.
- Diet encourages exercise to complement sensible eating habits.
- Diet encourages awareness of portion sizes.
- Diet does not encourage unrealistic quick weight loss.
- Diet is backed up with medical research data.
Low Carb Diets
A lot of diet plans these days center around low carb diet plans. These low carb diet plans are considered by some diet fads, others consider it new wave in healthy eating. Diets such as The New Atkins Diet Revolution maintain that obese people are insulin sensitive and carbohydrates make them gain weight. Low carb diet plans such as The Zone lay down specific proportion of carbohydrates, protein and fats that should be consumed in order to lose weight and while fats are reduced, main source of energy comes from consumption of protein.
Low carb diet plans such as Sugar Busters, believe that sugar is your body’s most heinous weight loss enemy and since carbohydrates are foods that are processed into sugars – carbohydrates should be limited. The Scarsdale Diet also is a low carb, high protein diet and offers a 2 week crash dieting plan.
Popular diets such as South Beach Diet and Carbohydrate Addicts Diet are also low carb diet plans that have become popular with dieters who have tried and failed at Atkins diet. All these diets see themselves as worlds answer to obesity problem.
Eating for Health, Happiness and Successful Weight ControlWritten by Dr. William Parsons
Don't diet, just eat and lose weight!
First, following "diet" is really not a diet, in conventional sense, but a natural way of eating. It allows one to eat essentially anything one wishes, while attaining weight loss or weight control goals and consuming necessary nutrients for a long and healthful life. The term "diet" implies restrictions by either eliminating or radically reducing intake of certain foods or food groups. Most diets are inappropriate, unhealthful (some are even dangerous) and ultimately doomed to fail.
The most important objective of eating any food is to provide body with all essential nutrients for a long and healthful life. Almost every food provides some element needed by your body. If you do not care about being healthy, avoiding sickness and disease and living a long life, then this natural way of eating is not for you. The second most important reason for eating any food is because you enjoy it and it makes you happy. It is highly unlikely that you will consistently, and for long term, eat foods that you do not enjoy. Similarly, it is extremely unlikely that you will be able to completely eliminate foods that you do enjoy from your diet.
Many diets and dieticians expect a person to continually keep count of every calorie, carbohydrate and/or gram of fat that enters your mouth! Again, what is likelihood of being able to maintain this tedious ritual for any meaningful length of time? Nothing could be more depressing and stress-inducing as constant monitoring of calories, carbs or fat. Therefore, if enjoying your meals is not important to you, then this natural way of eating is probably not for you.
Finally, you should eat food to maintain an appropriate weight for your height and frame. Being over-weight or under-weight is not conducive to a long, healthful life nor does it promote a positive self image. If being too heavy or too thin is not important to you, than this natural way of eating may not be for you.
Tips for Successful Weight Control
Lose or gain weight because you want to and not to please others.Otherwise, you will not be sufficiently motivated to change your bad eating habits. In fact, when inevitable happens and you fail to achieve you goal, it will reinforce and, most probably, escalate inappropriate behavior (i.e. over-eating, exclusively eating junk food, bulimia, etc.)
You must begin this natural way of eating with a positive outlook and belief that you can achieve your goals with a minimal amount of effort. If you lack self-confidence and motivation, or you do not believe that you can lose or gain weight, you will not!
It is extremely important for you to learn about nutrients contained in foods you eat. This is only part of this natural way of eating that requires some effort on your part. The only way to accomplish this is to read. The internet is probably best and easiest venue for obtaining this type of information. The following are excellent sources of health and nutrition-related information: