As a personal trainer and instructor I get so many questions about which diet is right for me. My immediate response is the one that works for you. If you put all the nutritionists in a room they would kill each other! You would have the low carb group on one side. The low fat diet on the other. The zone diet in the middle. Diets such as the South Beach, Weight Watchers, Rh, Sugar Busters, Vegetarians…would all be jockeying for position somewhere amidst the chaos. Who knows what or who to believe? Let’s take a look at a few of these programs over the next few days to explore the theories.
First, the Atkins diet. The brain trust of Dr. Atkins a cardiologist who claims that ketosis (low calories or low carbohydrates) is the to weight loss. Limit carbs to 20 grams a day. Eat as much fat and protein as you can stand. The success of the diet is that you do lose weight fast, but also friends! We call it the NFL diet…No Friends Left! It is extremely hard to follow and everyone knows you are on it because of the intoxicating aroma that follows you. In addition, it is sometimes followed with the disposition of a cornered lion at feeding time.
Carbohydrates, if you read the word, carbs-hydrates, says it holds water. If you reduce the amount of carbs in your body, you will lose weight, much from water, as well as friends. Losing water weight may not be a bad thing, especially if you have a lot of weight to lose, but remember, your brain works off two things, glucose and oxygen. If you have no glucose; there is nobody home, if there is no oxygen; there is no home to go home to!
People who have a great deal of weight to lose get the most success from the Atkins diet, but lethargy may prevail and take over the willpower to stay on the diet.
Again, some people have had great success with this diet; otherwise, it wouldn’t be so popular. As always consult your physician before beginning any diet program. Cut them a break though, they may not be familiar with every diet that comes across your fork.
Moderation and exercise, as always, accent the perfect program.