Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Finding A Basic Diet That Works For You

Finding A Basic Diet That Works For You
By Max Adams

There are many different kinds of diets, each with a specific goal. When considering a basic diet for weight loss, you will find that there are a variety of theories about what you should and should not eat. Generally, diets fall into four basic categories: low fat, low carbohydrate, high protein and vegetarian. There are other diets, of course, but these four are the most popular among people who are dieting to lose weight.

Low fat diets involve reducing fat intake to reduce calories. There are more than twice as many calories per gram in fat than there are in carbohydrates or protein, so a low fat diet is an easy way to cut calories and reduce weight. Also, since high fat diets are linked to many diseases, a low fat diet has value beyond weight loss.

In recent years, people who have had little or no success losing weight on low fat diets have turned to low carbohydrate and high protein versions of a basic diet. Low carbohydrate diets are based on the idea that eating an excess amount of carbohydrate-rich foods (particularly refined carbohydrates and baked goods) is a major cause of obesity. One of the basic ideas here is to eliminate the blood sugar swings caused by carbohydrates. This, in turn, will reduce hunger. Closely related to low carbohydrate diets are high protein diets. When people reduce their intake of carbohydrates, they tend to increase their intake of proteins. High protein diets are especially popular among athletes because protein intake is associated with building muscle mass.

Finally, vegetarian diets are popular among people who want to learn weight. As a basic diet, a vegetarian diet tends to be lower in fat, higher in healthy complex carbohydrates and packed with nutrient-rich foods. Studies show that, as a group, vegetarians tend to weight less than non-vegetarians, so emphasizing vegetarian meals as a basic diet plan may make losing weight easier.

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