These diets are based on the claim that carbohydrates promote hunger. By reducing or eliminating them, you lose your hunger as you lose your weight. The first of them, the Atkins Diet, promotes any kind of protein, including protein high in fat. Naturally, other diets were developed promoting very little carbohydrate but less fatty protein. Here are your choices:
✓ Atkins Diet: This plan allows any quantity of meats, shellfish, eggs, and cheese but doesn't permit high-carbohydrate foods like fruits, starchy vegetables, and pasta. Small quantities of the forbidden foods are added in later. The program does recommend exercise but doesn't suggest changes in your eating behavior.
✓ South Beach Diet: This diet restricts carbohydrates while the recommended proteins are low in fat, unlike the Atkins Diet. Daily exercise is an important component, but the plan doesn't suggest any changes in eating behavior. Over time some carbohydrate is reintroduced into the diet.
✓ Ultimate Weight Solution: This plan recommends a lot of protein, which naturally results in a reduction in carbohydrate. This program also advises you not to eat foods that are high in fat. Support groups in which you learn how to modify your eating behaviors are very important, and you're supposed to stay in these groups throughout your life. The plan also emphasizes regular exercise, such as walking.
✓ Zone Diet: In this diet, you have to balance your food intake into exact amounts of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. You're not permitted to eat high-carbohydrate and high-fat food. Regular exercise is recommended, but the plan doesn't suggest changes in your eating behavior. You have to continue with this balance throughout life to maintain your weight loss.
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