It seems that everyone is looking for a new diet plan. Of course, there are hundreds of diet plans out there: some of them work and some of them don’t. Here’s a look at three of the most popular diet plans that are being used today.
All three of these diet plans focus less on actually limiting calories and more on choosing the foods that keep blood sugar levels stable, which helps your body naturally shed fat.
The Atkins Diet Plan
The Atkins diet plan is what is considered to be the original low carbohydrate diet. It is a diet that works by keeping your body in a state of ketosis, which ensures that it burns fat for energy.
The first two weeks, called the induction phase, can help you drop as much as ten pounds. Basically you eliminate all carbohydrates except for very low carbohydrate vegetables. Your diet consists almost entirely of protein. No fruit, no grains and no sugar are allowed at all during this phase.
At the end of the two weeks, you begin slowly adding back carbohydrates gradually to determine the amount you can safely eat and still lose weight.
The low consumption of carbohydrates and high consumption of protein helps keep blood sugar stable, and helps the body burn fat.
The GI Diet Plan
GI stands for Glycemic Index. The GI diet plan focuses on eating foods that have a low glycemic index. The glycemic index of a food indicates how quickly the food’s sugar is absorbed by the body, which indicates how quickly that food raises the body’s blood sugar level.
By sticking with foods that have a low glycemic index, you’re ensuring that your blood sugar levels stay stable. This helps your body shed fat.
Fat can only be stored when insulin is present in the body. Insulin is released by the body when blood sugar levels become high.
The GI diet plan focuses on eating primarily low glycemic index foods and combining higher glycemic index foods with lower ones, so that the overall glycemic value of the meal is still low.
The Zone Diet Plan
The Zone diet plan helps dieters aim for nutritional balance of 40% carbohydrates, 30% fats, and 30% protein at each meal. The focus is also on controlling insulin levels, just like the two diets mentioned above.
The Zone Diet plan requires fairly specific combinations of foods in order to keep the 40/30/30 balance going, and to keep the insulin levels stable. This can make the diet plan more difficult for some people to follow.
As you can see, all three of these diet plans focus on avoiding simple carbohydrates, because these raise blood sugar levels, which in turn raise insulin levels, causing the body to store fat.
Regardless of which of these popular diet plans you choose, you can see that minimizing “bad” carbohydrates like sugar, white flour and starchy vegetables and fruits is one of the most important aspects of losing weight and keeping it off.
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