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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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Low Carb Diets – What’s In A Name?

Published on January 15, 2013,

Peter Brukner is Associate Professor in Sports Medicine at the Center for Health, Exercise and Sports Medicine at the University of Melbourne and a leading figure in sports medicine. He has recently published a thought-provoking article on the possible confusion caused by the large number of essentially low carb diets that all go under different names. He suggests this causes confusion and undermines credibility and that more good would be achieved if they were all just referred to as ‘low carb’. This is from Dr Brukner’s blog…

Dr Peter Brukner (picture from www.peterbrukner.com)

Dr Peter Brukner (picture from www.peterbrukner.com)

LCHF (Low carb high fat), Paleo, Atkins, Ketogenic, Primal, South Beach, Protein Power, Sonoma, Sugar Busters, Zone, Bernstein’s Diabetic, Dukan, Low GI are all popular diets based on low carbohydrate intake.

Are they all the same? If not, what are the key characteristics they all have in common and how are they different.

I absolutely understand that there is more to these “lifestyles” (e.g. exercise, sleep, stress management etc) than just diet, but I want to simply look at the dietary component.

What all these diets have in common is limitation of carbohydrates such as foods containing sugars and high fructose corn syrup as well as starches (potatoes), grains, bread, pasta and rice. Where they differ primarily is in the relative proportions of dietary fat and protein, as well as the degree of restriction of carbohydrates.

Dr Brukner goes on to sum up each of the different approaches before concluding…

All the diets mentioned (and these are only the most well known of the low carb diets) are consistent about one thing – the importance of restricting carbs. Where they vary slightly is in the degree of carb restriction, in the proportion of fat and protein which make up the non-carbohydrate component of the diet, and in the inclusion of phases.

I believe that having so many similar diets espousing the same (or at least very similar) recommendations has actually done the low carb cause a great disservice. Having diets named after people (Atkins, Bernstein, Dukan) and places (South Beach, Sonoma) has probably not helped the credibility of the diet especially among the conservative medical profession. I would love to see all these diets referred to as low carb as that surely is the most important message to get across. The rest is very distracting.

I am not so naïve as to realise that there are huge commercial reasons why all these different named diets have emerged, but the more I study them, the more I see the similarities in them rather than the differences.

More at:  Low Carb Diets – What’s In A Name

Infographic: Popular Low Carb Diets At A Glance

Published on December 1, 2012,

A new infographic has been released showing six of the most popular low carb diets, including The South Beach Diet, Zone Diet, Atkins Diet, Paleo Diet, Sugar Busters Diet, and Low GI Diet, with key facts for each one. This is from lowcarbfoods.org…

 

Popular Low-Carb Diets Visual Guide
Most Popular Low-Carb Diets by http://www.lowcarbfoods.org/.

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