Sugar Busters Diet
The main premise of the Sugar Buster's Diet is that sugar produces insulin which stops people from losing weight. Hence too much sugar in a diet can be detrimental to any weight loss goals. The diet is about 30% protein, 40% fat, and 30% carbohydrates, lasts for 14 days, and if followed correctly, should end in weight loss.
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Eating on the Sugar Buster's Diet
While on this diet, you are allowed to eat red meat, poultry, fish, olive oil, dairy foods, and nuts. There are certain fruits and vegetables you can eat as well. Oats, small amounts of whole grain bread, and whole-wheat pasta are also permitted. Simple carbs such as pasta, white bread, and white rice are banned. Potatoes and most sugars are also banned.
Does insulin cause weight gain?
There is an ongoing debate as to whether insulin causes weight gain. While it's true that high levels of insulin can cause heart disease, it's not clear that abstaining from sugar completely will get you the results you want. Weight loss while on this diet is probably due to the fact that sugar is very high in calories.
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.
The Mediterranean is comprised of a large area of land that stretches from western Spain to the Middle East. Structured after traditional lifestyle habits of those in this area, the Mediterranean Diet is ideal for people who like to cook, enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, and are interested in making a permanent lifestyle change. With very few dietary restrictions, followers of the Mediterranean Diet are allowed to eat all the things they enjoy, in moderation. Unlike the customary Western style of quickly eating large portions, the Mediterranean Diet places great emphasis on spending time on preparing and enjoying small, tasty meals. Rather than make drastic lifestyle modifications, this plan teaches people to choose low-fat, low- cholesterol foods that are packed with flavor and will leave them feeling fulfilled. The Mediterranean Diet aims to permanently improve long-term health.