evepostapple:A Comparison Of Today’s Most Popular DietsAre you still dieting? If so, which diet have you selected and why? This article compares some of today’s most popular diets and gives you pros and cons.Fruit, no fruit. Carbs, no carbs. Ahhh..its enough to make any of us crazy!There are numerous diet plans out there, all touting to be the best. Some are better than others but how do you decipher this information? Lists that rank and discuss pros and cons of the most common commercial diets are available and always subject to the authors’ biases. Beyond all the marketing of slender figures there are some less sexy, black and white documents found in the databases of PubMed that have looked at this clinical question objectively.Background 101: How to dissect a commercial diet for weight loss.
- By the ratio of fat, protein and carbohydrate. Let’s call this Macronutrient proportions.
- By the amount of caloric restriction.
- By its impact on health risk factors.
- Low carb diet: The low-carbohydrate, non–restricted-calorie diet was based on the Atkin’s Diet
- High carb/low fat diet: The low-fat, restricted-calorie diet was based on the American Heart Association guidelines.
- Mediterranean diet: The moderate-fat, restricted-calorie, Mediterranean diet is rich in vegetables and low in red meat, with poultry and fish replacing beef and lamb.
- Very low cal diet:
- Low cal diet: 800-1350 kcal/day ie. Dr Bernstein, weight watcher’s