Before You Choose a Low Carb Diet

Before you choose any diet, you have to make it as clear as possible that the diet in question is efficient and safe.

Then you might want to ask:

There are dozens of diets on the market. Why should I choose a diet that is low in carbohydrates?

The diet market is indeed huge, but there actually are only three general diet groups:

1. Diets limiting calories
2. Diets limiting fat
3. Diets limiting carbohydrates

1. Low-fat diets can be good as a long-term regimen for athletes, those with only a few extra pounds to lose, or those who need only to maintain their healthy weight. There used to be a trend of using low-fat diets to improve blood cholesterol and decrease the risk of cardiovascular diseases, but recent clinical data questioned this approach.
2. Low-calorie diets require self-discipline, support and guidance. Possibly the best known is the Weight Watchers weight-loss program, which has attracted millions of dieters over decades. An interesting note: Before the low-fat boom, Weight Watchers offered carb-limiting ñ not fat-limiting ñprograms.

As an excellent example of structured and supportive "conventional" diet on Internet, you might want to consider eDiet.

3. Low-carb diets success, in part, can be explained by the fact that low-carb intake curbs the appetite, so it is easy to stay on the diet and even make it a lifestyle. The diets opponents often stress that low carb can not be considered balanced. Dieters are usually advised to take supplements to ensure an adequate nutrient intake.

Especially strict is the Ketogenic diet, which requires limiting not only carbs, but also protein and even water. A True Low-Carb Diet A ketogenic diet is a diet that, when followed conscientiously, produces a by-product called ketones. Most dieters can reach ketosis (a condition associated with increased amounts of ketones in the blood) by limiting their carb intake to less than 60 grams a day.

The state of ketosis is what makes a ketogenic diet metabolically so similar to fasting that it is often being referred to as a controlled fast. Then there is THE Ketogenic Diet ñ a stringent, mathematically calculated diet high in fat and low not only in carbohydrates but also in protein. It also limits water intake to avoid ketones' dilution and carefully controls calorie intake. The diet has been in existence since the 1920s, when it was considered to be a breakthrough in the treatment of childhood epilepsy, but was usurped by synthetic medications in the 1950s. Now it is used in neurological treatments.

The clinics that prescribed the Ketogenic Diet followed their patients' progress for decades, collecting and documenting many cases. None reported any serious side effects and none concluded the diet to be unsafe.

The Journal of Pediatrics reported that the Ketogenic Diet can be used as a treatment for diabetes, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, bad lipid profiles, autism, obesity, epilepsy and other serious medical conditions, including gallbladder stones (v. 117 No 5, pp. 743-5, 1990). Those following the Atkins' Diet ñ the most well-known ketogenic diet ñ consistently reported improvement in mood, cholesterol numbers, blood pressure, energy level, joint and muscle pains, sleep quality and mental clarity.

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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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