There are many diet plans in the market today that focus on losing weight fast by inhibiting a certain food group. While this may be a strategy fashioned after consumer insight, the “lose-10 pounds-in-7-days” tag line was really only introduced into the health arena in the last 20 years. Before that, the primary incentive for losing weight was to achieve a healthy lifestyle and to be able to enjoy life with loved ones. One such diet plan is the low carb diet plan. While health experts were advocating a balanced lifestyle with plenty of exercise and eating the right proportions of food, this plan was introduced into the market with a bang because it was the first idea that sponsored losing weight the easy way. Today, this plan is as popular as ever because people see results within a short period of time. Another big incentive for following this plan is the fact that celebrities were openly supporting the program as effective.
The key to following this program safely is to keep a balance and choose a low carb plan that is right for you. Understanding what makes a carb “good” and “bad” is another way to successfully maneuver this diet plan. Bad carbs include breads, baked goods, cereals, pastas, white potatoes, white rice, certain candies, and most alcoholic beverages. On the other hand, good carbs include foods that are high in fiber and low in carb count, such as, sweet potatoes, brown and wild rice, whole grain breads and pastas, fresh fruits and vegetables, and red or white wine. While every low carb diet plan is almost the same, they are each unique according to your personal preferences and requirements. Most importantly, you get to decide how much you want to eat and when. Unfortunately, most people start out by restricting all carb intake, but once their body starts to starve for carbs, they may end up consuming more carbs than usual and end up feeling defeated. When you start out smart and find a balance between consuming good and bad carbs, you end up restricting only a certain amount of carb intake and your fiber intake will automatically offset the carb count of each food item. Remember, the higher the fiber, the lower the carb count.
Of all the low carb diet plans, the Atkins diet is arguably the most publicized and followed although it focuses on eating meats, protein, and good fats, and does not include any fruits or vegetables in the beginning, which may not be tolerable for some people. This diet also only allows twenty carbs or less per day, and heavily encourages the use of dietary supplements.
Another popular diet is the South Beach Diet. Some people believe this plan is easier to stick to because it allows a greater variety of foods in the first phase, including vegetables and lean meats, and does not restrict the carb count as much as Atkins.
The third low carb diet plan (and also the most recent) is The Zone. This plan is a combination of some of the principles found in the Atkins and South Beach Diets. The major difference is that the ratio of daily intake is focused at 40% carbs, 30% protein, and 30% fat. Meals are also divided into blocks and essentially the same foods are eaten throughout the diet. The one defining difference of The Zone compared with the other two diets is that more fat is added after a person has achieved his or her goal weight to stop the dieter from losing more weight.
If you start your low carb diet plan by focusing on the health issues rather than physical aesthetics, you will be able to choose and maintain a plan that is right for you. Once that happens, results will follow. Don’t forget to talk to your physician or doctor if you need to lose a considerable amount of weight, so that he or she can recommend the low carb diet plan that is right for you.