Low Carb Diet Options

Not every low-carb diet is the same. Depending on the diet you choose, different foods are allowed – or not allowed. Some diets limit amounts of “good” foods, while others encourage you to eat until you feel full. Exercise is also recommended by some, but not by all. Here is a list of some popular low-carb diets:

Carbohydrate Addicts Diet, a plan developed by the Hellers. The Hellers' books outline their plan for low carb eating in two books. The plan basically consists of two low carb meals and a "reward" meal each day.

Protein Power is into two phases, one for those who need to lose 20 percent of their body weight or more, and the other for those closer to their ideal weight who simply wish to improve their body composition and embark on a healthier lifestyle. It also suggests weight training and how to incorporate it into your schedule

The Zone is a series of books by Barry Sears that is not really a low carb diet in the usual sense, but Sears' 40-30-30 ratio still has the majority of calories coming from carbohydrates, although it is much lower than the "food pyramid".

Atkins is perceived to be a "no carb" diet, but that only refers to the two week induction phase. Carbohydrates are gradually added back to the diet to determine individual tolerances in the Ongoing Weight Loss (OWL) portion of the diet. Little attention is paid to caloric restriction or exercise.

The South Beach Diet focuses is based on the Glycemic Index, which ranks foods according to their glycemic load. It suggests a healthy balance between carbs and fats. Highly processed foods like baked goods, sweets, and soft drinks will be off-limits.

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What low carb plan have you tried the most?
Atkins Diet
52%
South Beach Diet
12%
No White Diet - no white flour, potatoes, white rice
11%
No sugars, high sugar fruit, starchy vegetables
6%
I created my own low carb plan
20%
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