South Beach Diet And The Atkins Low Carb Plan Review
Our Honest Review:
The Atkins Low Carb Diet is based on reducing your carbohydrate intake, and this is especially true during "Phase 1". We believe that this is one of the strictest low carb diets on the market, especially during "Phase 1".
There is no mistaking this program for anything other than a very strict low carb plan, since it only allows about 80 carb calories per day during the first phase (20 grams of net carbs is approximately 80 carb calories per day)...and this is less carbs than you'll find in a large apple, talk about stict!!!
Phase 1 of the Atkins Diet is now listed as 'optional' -- but are we to believe if Phase 1 is skipped that we can still get the same positive results from the diet?
This program is probably not for the struggling dieter, since only highly committed dieters will be able to complete Phase 1 of this diet program.
Well, what about the South Beach Diet?
The South Beach diet is also a fairly strict low carb program (especially during the first phase)...though it may not be as strict as the Atkins program.
...However, our opinion is that the South Beach plan is too strict for the results it delivers. It simply limits carbs too much -- especially during phase 1 with the severely reduced carbs and other rules forbidding many foods that have nothing to do with weight loss.
For example, we've observed that several foods (on the South Beach menu) directly contribute to fat gain based on our results with clients -- and this prevents us from giving this diet any positive review.
In fact, most of the foods which dieters are allowed to eat in "unlimited portions" (during phase 1) are contributing to your fat gain!!!
For example, the South Beach menu allows unlimited lettuce during phase 1 --- but yet it limits foods like "tomatoes", "onions" and "peanuts" which can actually help fat loss efforts.
Additionally, the "sweet snacks" which are allowed on the South Beach menu will do nothing but slow your fat loss. Wouldn't you want your fat loss to come quickly when you are eating according to a diet?
So even though the South Beach plan allows "sweet snacks" -- the inclusion of these snacks will set your fat loss efforts back causing you to spend EVEN MORE TIME on the diet. Doesn't sound fun does it?
So although the South Beach program is not as strict as the Atkins diet, it's our opinion that both diets too strict for the results they deliver -- and we believe that both plans will be fairly difficult to follow for average dieters who are not truly committed, especially during Phase 1.
Another negative...both of these diets seem to have no "end" in sight -- both the Atkins plan and the South Beach diet never allow dieters to return to eating plentiful amounts of food (you always have to watch your carb intake).
Both of these diets do gradually allow more and more carbs to be eaten as time goes by of course (as time goes by the rules are relaxed a bit), but they fail to teach dieters the exact foods that can help or hinder your weight loss.
So overall we think that both diets are not very practical for average dieters. The results come too slow and this will do nothing but discourage the average dieter. Therefore, we recommend against using the South Beach and Atkins programs for quick fat loss that you can maintain.
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