The Low Carb Lifestyle: Atkins vs South Beach
If you struggle with your wieght, chances are that you followed a low carb diet at one point or another. It comes as no surprise, seeing that the low carb industry has made millions of dollars in the last decade. Many people have been losing weight by joining either the Atkins Diet or the South Beach Diet. You can see the products of these diets in almost every supermarket, a clear indication of their popularity.
These programs are not for sissies either. You have to work at the first of the famous three phases that makes up both of these diets. The first phase is very restrictive and most people tend to lose a lot of weight in this phase, that is if they can keep it up. The weight loss in itself is obviously a great incentive for most people to stay the course. In fact some people get such a rush out of it that they keep repeating phase one, which can be very dangerous to one’s health.
The second phase is a little easier because certain carbs are reintroduced into you diet. You are suppose to stay on this phase until you lose all the weight you want.
Phase three is the part where you maintain your weight for the rest of you life, or at least that’s the goal.
Obviously both Atkins and South Beach are big advocates of the good carbs and bad carbs theory. Both diets are adamantly against refined carbs like sugar and white flour. Atkins has a carb ladder that will tell you when to add certain foods to your diet based on a glycemic load. South Beach uses the glycemic index to show you what a good carb is and what a bad carb is.
Atkins differs from South Beach in the kind of fat that you can use. South Beach Diet recommends that you can have olive and canola oil but no butter. On Atkins you can have butter but avoid corn oil.
South Beach also allows fruit during their first phase while Atkins does not. These diets work as far as weight loss is concerned, but only if you keep to the recommended restrictions, and there remains a question mark behind how these diets, especially Atkins, affects your health. Read more reviews on the Atkins Diet and the South Beach Diet.
Please Note: I tried to give an unbiased review of the above mentioned diets.
However, I do not endorse diets that promises “quick fixes” or diets that restrict certain food.
In fact, according to research and my own experience these diets are extremely dangerous for a person with food addiction and can even push you further into eating disorders.
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