Dieting to Lose Weight – Which One is Best for You?

Atkins Pyramid

(First in a series of articles.)

Almost everyone wants to lose weight. Hell, even the real skinny ones still think they need to lose weight (but, that’s a different issue).  Losing weight is not an overnight thing. What ever diet you decide to consider, you have to carefully study and plan it before you go through it because it can make a significant  impact on your health.

I’ve put together a list of diets that celebrities and non-celebrities swear to have  worked for  them.  Have a closer look at each one and decide what’s feasible for your  lifestyle and habits, commit yourself to it  and pretty soon, you’ll be saying bye bye to those unwanted fats.

Typical Atkins diet meal
Typical Atkins diet meal (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Atkins diet. If you need to lose a lot of weight and if you have high blood sugar, this diet is right for you. It will change your bad eating habits and should lead you to a healthy eating lifestyle.

The Atkins diet is a low-carb diet consisting of four phases with the quantity of food (particularly the carbs) meticulously measured. The first one is the phase of the most rapid wight loss. You will consume 3 regular size meals, or 4-5 smaller meals. You have to ensure that make you never go more than 6 waking hours without eating. You could consume combinations of fat and protein, just ensure that you stay under 20 grams of carbohydrates a day.

You can eat combinations of fat and protein from poultry, fish, shellfish, eggs, and red meat. Natural fat including butter, mayonnaise; olive, sunflower and vegetable oils is a go. Salads and vegetables are ok too, since you should get most of your carbs in vegetables. Avoid fruits, bread, pasta, grains, starchy vegetables, and dairy products other than cheese, cream, or butter. Don’t eat nuts or seeds. Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea, sodas and other drinks sweetened with aspartame.

The first phase could go up to a minimum of 2 weeks but could take longer if you can tolerate it. You add more carbohydrates, ideally five grams of carbohydrates per day,as you move on to the  second phase. Weight loss slows to a recommended 1-2 pounds per week. You stay on this phase until you are 5-10 punds away from your goal weight.

You add more carbohydrates, ideally (20-30 gram), as you move on to the third phase. As this stage, you’re still determining how much carbs you have to eat to sustain energy.  By the fourth phase, you should, by then, have figured out your body’s intake of carbohydrates without gaining weight, and you can stay on this diet for maintenance ,adding or lessening your intake depending on whether you need to gain or lose weight.

Atkins Pyramid
This  diet is ideal for you if: you have lots of stored body fat to lose. When you lessen you carbohydrates intake, you also lessen your intake of energy source. Your body will then convert your stored fats to energy, thereby prompting the loss of the unwanted  visible fats. It may work for you if you have  a diabetes history in your family. Lessening your intake of carbohydrates may lower the body’s insulin production, and therefore help in preventing diabetes.
There a few disadvantages to this diet though. As you need to closely monitor you carbohydrates intake, you may find the diet tedious and restrictive. It can be, but it only restricts the carbohydrates intake. Bear in mind that there’s a lot of  food selection you can enjoy.  The Atkins diet requires a lot of discipline and patience as the  diet may take months to  complete.



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