The Adkins Diet Vs The South Beach Diet

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The Adkins Diet vs. the South Beach Diet
Tonya Richardson
COM 155
May 5, 2012
Michele Armentrout

The Adkins Diet vs. the South Beach Diet

The Adkins diet is famous for claims of weight loss, but the South Beach diet is said to be a more heart healthy choice for dieters. Most diets are hard to follow, and have so many restrictions on food that people often get fed up and revert to their old eating habits, instead of continuing with a new diet plan. A diet that restricts certain foods may be setting a dieter up for failure, when they give into temptation, and indulge in their favorite foods not included in their diet. The Adkins and South Beach diet offer a variety of foods that ...view middle of the document...

When we feel and look good we are more apt to stay active, but with an unhealthy body, we find it hard to keep up with daily activities, because our bodies are weighted down with extra pounds. We can create and maintain a healthy body by eating a variety of healthy foods in moderation, and implementing a diet that is effective for our lifestyle`s. Let`s explore two diets that will help us lose those unwanted pounds, and promote a healthier lifestyle.
First, we have the Atkins diet. This diet is famous for weight loss claims by dieters who have followed this low-carbohydrate diet plan. The diet has four phases, and starts off with an induction phase that lasts for two weeks, and restricts the amount of carbohydrates you can have each day. This phase has to be followed exactly, in order to change the way your body processes carbohydrates. When you restrict the amount of carbohydrates you eat, your body goes into a state called ketosis. Ketosis means your body is burning your fat reserves for fuel. Once you limit the number of carbohydrates you eat each day, your body starts to tap into its own fat reserves, and the result is weight loss. However, you eat a variety of healthy meats, fruits, vegetables, and fats throughout this diet plan, without feeling hungry. You can continue through phase one of the diet for as long as you need to lose those unwanted pounds. When you have almost reached your targeted weight, you will then move to phase two of the diet. Phase two (ongoing weight loss) reintroduces your body to more carbohydrates and more food choices. This will let your body adjust to the amount of food you are consuming, and keep your metabolism at a steady pace, to continue losing those last few pounds. Phase three of the plan is started when you have almost achieved your ideal weight, and will deliberately introduce more food to your diet to slow your weight loss. You want to lose those last few pounds at a snail pace. The final phase is life time maintenance. Once you have maintained your ideal weight for a month, you will continue to follow your current healthy eating habits, which will lead to permanent weight loss. There have been claims the Adkins diet may promote heart disease, because of the high amounts of proteins consumed. Robert H. Eckel, MD, director of the general clinical research at the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver, agrees. He tells WebMD, “Our worries over the Adkins diet go way past the question of whether it is effective for losing weight or even keeping weight off. We worry the diet promotes heart disease”. “There is also the potential loss of bone, and the potential for people with liver and kidney problems to have trouble with the high amounts of protein in these diets”.(1) This being said let`s explore another option.
The South Beach diet is another low-carbohydrate diet that offers a variety of tasty dishes; but dieters must “forego” potatoes, fruits, bread, cereal, rice, past, carrots, and...

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