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What Is The Best Low Carb Diet For You?

Published on January 9, 2014,

Our friends at Low Carb Diet Support have put together a very useful comparison of five popular low carb diets to help you pick which one is most suitable for your needs. Here’s an extract…

English: Typical Atkins diet meal

(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Atkins: the original and still the best-known low-carb diet, consisting of 4 phases, starting with Induction at just 20g net carbs a day and gradually increasing. More about Atkins Diet…

Dukan: very low-fat as well as low-carb and quite radical, starts with Attack phase of several days on protein-only foods, followed by protein-only days alternating with days on protein plus salad vegetables. More about Dukan Diet…

Keto: similar to Atkins Induction, daily carbs are kept to a minimum throughout the full duration of the diet. More about Keto Diet…

Paleo: although not specifically designed to be low-carb, Paleo excludes foods made available by agriculture and processed foods, cutting out grains and refined sugar, which results in lower carb consumption. More about Paleo Diet…

South Beach: low-fat as well as low-carb but a lot less radical than Dukan, with several phases. More about South Beach Diet…

Click on the diet’s name in the first row to see its overview and pros/cons, and click on the criteria in column one to see the full explanation below.

Atkins
Dukan
Paleo
Keto
South Beach
1. Weight loss guaranteed1, 2
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
No
2. Easy to follow2
No
No
Yes
No
Yes
3. Phased structure
Yes
Yes
No
No
Yes
4. Amount of fat
High
Very low
High
High
Low
5. Ketogenic
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
6. Suitable for intensive exercise2
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
7. Requires carb counting
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
8. Sweeteners allowed 
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Yes
9. Easy for vegetarians2
No
No
No
No
Yes
10. Supplementation2
Yes
Yes
Optional
Yes
Optional

1 provided all the guidelines of the diet are followed fully and accurately

2 these criteria are subjective and a matter of opinion rather than fact. I provided my judgement based on my knowledge and experience, but other people may have different opinions (please feel free to share in the comments below)…

See more at: What is the best low-carb diet?

There is also a follow-up post where the author’s preferred approach based on the Atkins diet is described: Atkins Diet – What to Expect

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