The Low Down On Diet Comparison
Low carbs and high protein is the way to lose weight, or so you’ll hear from one diet guru, and he has the testimonials to back it up.
Low fat, lots of carbs and fresh fruits and veggies, says another – and he’s got the back up from satisfied users, too.
A third swears that you need to count the amount of sugar; another tells you the enemy is white flour – if you want to lose real weight and keep it off, who do you listen to?
Take a look at the brief summaries below for a quick overview of the pros and cons of each of the popular types of diet plans.
Low Carb-Hi Protein Diets
Diets like the Atkins, the South Beach and the Zone Diet all recommend restricted carbohydrates and allow liberal amounts of protein, including protein derived from animal sources.
Pros: The diets all encourage learning healthy eating as part of losing weight.
Cons: The allowance of eating all the protein and fats you like flies in the face of conventional medical wisdom.
Weight Loss “Programs”
Jenny Craig, NutriSystem, Weight Watchers, SlimFast and a number of other weight loss programs rely heavily on pre-packaged ‘diet’ foods.
Pros: The professional coaching and nutritional benefits are a big plus, as are the reinforcement and support aspect of the diets.
Cons: The weekly fees and cost of meals can be expensive.
The Real Mayo Clinic Diet
This is not the diet that has circulated for the past thirty or more years and purported to have originated at the Mayo Clinic!
Pros: There’s no ‘diet’. Instead, you’re encouraged to take control of your eating.
Cons: It may be difficult to stay on the diet. Counting calories and portions can be difficult if you’re eating out or on the run.
There are many diets that promise to take weight off quickly and painlessly, without exercise or changing your eating habits.