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Diet Programs - The Basics


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Diet Programs - The Basics

  1. 1. ==== ====Get more information here: ====Atkins Diet ProgramThe Atkins diet program is based on the principle of switching your body to burn fat instead ofcarbohydrates to obtain energy. It is a life change rather than a diet program, as in order to keepthe pounds off you need to stick to the recommended way of eating.The main difference to other diet programs is in what you are allowed to eat ie eggs, meatincluding beef, pork, turkey, chicken, duck, wild game, veal & lamb also fish such as shellfish.Fats are also permitted ie butter, olive oil & mayonnaise, certain cheeses are also permitted.You must drink lots of water, only de-caffinated coffee & will need to take vitaminsupplements including minerals. You must also exercise every day, no need to do a marathonhowever, a brisk walk will suffice. You are encouraged to eat enough to satisfy your appetite butyou must not overeat.You must not drink alcohol. You must not cheat; it takes 2-3 days for the body to switch fromburning carbohydrates (in the form of glucose) to burning fat, so if you cheat you are back to day1.You cannot eat the following:Sugar in any form, corn syrup, honey or maple syrup.Milk or Yogurt - a limited amount of cream is allowed.Fruit & fruit juice.Flour products (bread, pasta, crackers etc)Grains or cereals.Beans and legumes.Starchy or high sugar vegetables such as potatoes, yams, corn, peas, parsnips, beets &carrots.Sweet condiments such as most ketchups, bbq sauce & balsamic vinegar.French dressing & thousand island dressing.
  2. 2. Cottage cheese, farmers cheese & other fresh cheeses.Nuts & seeds.Diet Program ProsLots of popular foods are permitted & you can have snacks between meals. No need tostarve and are encouraged to eat when hungry.Diet Program ConsMust stick to diet for good to keep off unwanted pounds. No breaks or cheat days allowed. Maynot be suitable if you cant go without coffee or alcohol.South Beach Diet ProgramSimilar to the Atkins diet program in that it changes the way you eat whilst still allowing plenty ofpopular foods such as meat, fish & eggs but you can also eat cheese & vegetables.You can have 3 meals a day & even 2 snacks a day. You can also have dessert & dietsoda. You are not allowed any alcohol for an initial 2 week period but after that you are allowed todrink wine. After an initial 2 week start where what you can eat is limited you can start to phasesome of your favourite foods back into your diet. Its all about eating "good carbs" instead of "badcarbs".Diet Program ProsBased on a healthy way of eating rather than a diet. Many of your favourite foods are probably stillallowed. Some alcohol ie wine is allowed.Diet Program ConsYou may find the first couple of weeks particularly hard due to what you can eat being limited.Zone Diet ProgramDeveloped by Barry Sears a biochemist, the Zone Diet is about controlling your insulin levelthrough a balanced diet of carbohydrates, proteins & fat, also known as the 40-30-30 diet(40% carbohydrates, 30% Proteins 30% fat). Once again it is a way of living rather than just a dietwith 3 stages geared to make you lose weight, control hunger & have more energy. It isbased on consistent insulin levels with the supplementation of high dose fish oil.The Zone diet encourages eating regularly throughout the day & eliminates many jink foodssuch as sweets & chips.The "Zone" refers to being in a physiological state in which hormones, governed by the food youeat, are in a zone which is neither too high nor too low.
  3. 3. Diet Program ProsBalanced diet rather than cutting out foods you may enjoy.Diet Program ConsThe reasoning behind the diet can be quite technical & therefore many people may disagreeabout its merits.Mediterranean Diet ProgramNot a diet as such but simply a way of eating for hundreds if not thousands of years followed bypeople of countries bordering the Mediterranean such as Greece, Southern Italy, parts of NorthAfrica & the Middle East.It is well known that people from these areas have a lower incidence of heart disease; this isbelieved to be due to over half of their fat intake being from monounsaturated fat (mainly fromolive oil) as opposed to saturated fat, prominent elsewhere. Saturated fat is known to raisecholesterol levels.The basic diet followed is one that has a low consumption of red meat, low to moderateconsumption of sweets, fish, eggs & dairy products except cheese & natural yogurt, ahigh consumption of fresh fruits & vegetables & a higher consumption of breads, pasta,rice, potatoes & couscous. Water & red wine (in moderation) are taken with meals.Diet Program ProsNot a "fad diet" but a traditional way of eating with known health benefits.Diet Program ConsNone as such apart from if you are unable to obtain fresh fruit & veg.Weight Watchers Diet ProgramThere are 2 main diet programs for you to follow; one a points system where all foods areallocated points according to their calorie, fat & fibre content. You are allowed to use up (orconsume) a set number of points per day. The other diet program is a no points system whichallows you to eat from a range of wholesome foods without having to count the calories.The weight watchers diet program can be followed online as well as offline through regular localmeetings where you will get not just tips & guidance but the support & encouragement offellow weight watchers.Diet Program ProsOn the points system you can eat what you like as long as you stick to the number of points. The
  4. 4. meetings can help to keep you motivated.Diet Program ConsOffline meetings may not be practical for you. The points system may leave you feeling hungry.John Mac is author & owner of a website aimed at providing help& information for people looking to improve their fitness, diet & health & for information about dietprogramsArticle Source: ====Get more information here: ====