Low Carb Diet

Sometimes, giving up carbs altogether can be too difficult. Such a dramatic change in one's diet can be unhealthy. Usually, any diet that minimizes carbs will lead to weight loss. By following the low carb diet, people should shed pounds but not in the dramatic fashion that a diet solely based on protein would lead to.

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The quantity and types of carbs allowed

There is no one way to accomplish this diet, as it can differ from person to person. The only foods that are truly forbidden are products containing white flour or sugar. You are allowed to eat some grain products, but must keep it to a minimum. The only fruits that might be allowed are bananas and watermelon. Beyond that, people are only allowed to eat a given amount of carbs each day. This amount depends upon the person, as some may only be allowed 20 grams a day, while others can eat 50 grams a day and still lose weight.

Low carb equals high fat

A low carb diet is naturally a high fat diet, which should fill you up and keep you satisfied. However, a diet that is high in fat may also lead to heart problems and/or a stroke. A lack of carbs can lead to decreased energy and weakness, so ensure that you are still receiving all the nutrients that your body needs to properly function.

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A diet low in carbs…what a novel idea. South Beach has been on the forefront for years when it comes to the low carb notion of weight loss. One interesting low carb diet plan is the Glycemic Impact Diet. Evidently it is designed to help a person control their blood sugar by controlling carbs.

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South Beach Diet

South Beach Diet

This hugely popular diet promises diligent followers an initial weight loss of 8-13 pounds in the first two weeks. The emphasis is on avoiding highly processed carbohydrates, such as those found in baked goods, breads, snacks and soft drinks. Divided into three phases, the diet gradually reintroduces some initially forbidden foods. One premise of the diet is that low-fat prepared foods can be a bad idea except in the case of low-fat cheese, milk and yogurt. Exercise is not emphasized with this diet.

Glycemic Impact Diet

Glycemic Impact Diet

The Glycemic Impact Diet Plan is based on the glycemic index of foods, which is a measure of how quickly carbohydrates are digested. The diet is designed to sustain energy, avoid blood sugar swings, and encourage your body to burn fat. The Glycemic Impact Diet Plan works by replacing simple carbohydrates with complex carbohydrates, and allows a broad range of food choices.