Should you count every calorie or cut out the carbs? With a new fad diet cropping up every week claiming to revolutionise weight loss, it’s tough to know where to turn. Here Ahlan! explains three of the top diets on shelves today.
1. The Dukan Diet
Celebrity followers: Gisele Bundchen and Jennifer Lopez.
Formulated by French doctor Pierre Dukan, this diet claims that it’s tough to lose weight when we are surrounded by temptation. Sounds fair enough, but what can we do about it? To find our ‘true weight’, the Dukan method proposes a healthy eating plan based only on the food eaten by our very early ancestors. Pierre has narrowed this down to 100 foods, and amazingly dieters are allowed to eat ‘as much as they like’ of these foods. The diet comes in four phases – two to lose the weight and two to keep it off for good.
2. Dr. Atkins’ New Diet Revolution
Celebrity followers: Jennifer Aniston, Renée Zellweger and Robbie Williams.
Dr. Atkins believed that one of the main culprits for fat is a hormone in our bodies called insulin, which regulates our blood sugar levels. He described insulin as “the fat-producing hormone,” as the bodies of most overeaters are so used to releasing insulin to convert excess carbohydrates to fat that there’s always too much of the hormone, meaning the body always wants to store fat. Reducing carbs helps regulate insulin, which in turn means less fat storage and fewer food cravings. This diet works for ninety per cent of patients!
3. The South Beach Diet
Celebrity followers: Brad Pitt, Jessica Simpson and Angelina Jolie.
Rather than cutting out carbs or counting calories, cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston suggests using the right carbs and fats to change your body chemistry to burn fat and reduce cholesterol. The first part of a three-phase plan is waving goodbye to ‘goodies’. When your stomach is visibly smaller, your body is now burning calories and not storing them. The final phase involves eating normal foods in normal portions.