Low Carb Diets
Due to extensive publicity, low carb diets have become increasingly popular. However there is considerable ambiguity over exactly what is low carbohydrate. Many companies have seen low carb popularity as a brand to be exploited.
Low Carb – A Definition
All food is made up of three primary macro nutrients – carbohydrates (or sugars), proteins, and fats. Low carb implies that the percentage of carbohydrate (by calorie) is low – but lower than what?
- High Carb 50-70% (USDA Food Pyramid)
- Moderate Carb 40-50%
- Low Carb 25-39%
- Very Low Carb 0-25%
However it is common to find that any diet less than 50-60% carb ratio is called a low carb diet. Depending on one’s sensitivity to carbohydrates, a moderate carb ratio may be better than a high carb ratio.
By definition, the lower the carb ratio – the higher the fat and protein ratio. Generally speaking a low carb diet will also tend to be a high protein diet.
Carb Tracker App
For those following a low carb diet, tracking your daily carb intake is essential.
In order you ketosis to take place a very limited amount of carbs can be consumed each day.
The Low Carb Diet Assistant iPhone App makes counting carbs easier. It basically does all the work for you using its huge database of foods.
It also tracks your carbs and tells you exactly how many grams you can eat each day, which makes sticking to the strict eating routine a bit easier.
Low Carb Diets
The following diets are generally all ‘lumped’ together under the definition of ‘low-carb’. However they actually are made up of little or no carbs – to some that are moderate carb.
|Diet to Go||Delivers fresh low carb meals to your door weekly. Available throughout the USA.|
|The 2 Day Diet||Eat Low carb only 2 days a week to lose weight.|
|17 Day Diet||The 17 Day Diet is a carbohydrate cycling diet whereby you adjust your intake of carbohydrates.|
|Anabolic Diet||A low carbohydrate diet that alternates with periods of high carbohydrate eating.|
|Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living||This book will appeal to health professionals who prescribe low carbohydrates diets to their patients, as well as dieters who want to understand the science as it relates to the low carbohydrate diet.|
|The New Atkins Diet Plan||New Atkins for a New You is an updated version of the Atkins Diet, which outlines how to adjust the diet in accordance with the latest thinking about diet and nutrition.|
|Cheat to Lose||One week of reduced carb, one week of Low Glycemic Load carbohydrates, one week of Higher Glycemic Load, and then a “cheat day”|
|Doctor Whitaker Diet||Based on the real-life experiences of thousands of patients who have been treated by Dr Julian Whitaker at his Wellness Institute. It is based on following a high protein, low carbohydrate diet in combination with regular exercise.|
|Fat Burning Diet||Dieters to cycle between high carb and low carb days|
|Idiot Proof Diet||There are three phases to the diet with the first being a two-week introductory phase which is very low carb and resembles the induction phase of the Atkins diet.|
|How the Rich Get Thin||The basic structure of the diet is high protein, low carbohydrate with the elimination of processed foods including nutrition bars.|
|Kimkins Diet||A low carb and very low calorie diet that has received a lot of controversy.|
|Lifestyle Cut Diet||The basis of the program is a low carbohydrate diet with small frequent meals because this promotes the continual burning of fat.|
|Lindora||a high-protein, very low carb diet based on the process of ketosis. This program is medically-supervised|
|Living Low Carb||Not a diet book as such but more of a general guide to living a low carb lifestyle.|
|Metabolism B Diet||Offers a solution for dieters who may not realize they have the condition called “Metabolism B”, which influences their capacity to process carbohydrates.|
|New York Diet||A very strict low carb diet plan that eliminates alcohol, bread, sugar, coffee, fruit and dairy products.|
|No Grain Diet||The No Grain diet is very low in carbohydrates, as it requires dieters to eliminate all grains, sugar, potatoes, and sweets.|
|South Beach Diet Supercharged||The diet is basically the same as that outlined in the original South Beach Diet with some extra foods allowed.|
|Stress Eater Diet||A four-week meal plan that transitions from a low carbohydrate diet to a more moderate intake of carbohydrates.|
|Thermogenic Diet||The basic idea of the diet is to restrict carbohydrates to some degree while emphasizing low glycemic sources and at the same time.|
|The Schwarzbein Principle||The diet involves two stages. The first stage is designed to heal the metabolism and is basically a high protein, low carbohydrate diet that is very similar to the Atkins diet.|
Other Low or Reduced Carb Diets
- Schwarzbein Principle
- Leptin diets
- Your Fat Can Make You Thin
- Specific Carbohydrate Diet
- Eat Fat, Get Thin
- Insulin Resistance Diet
- Life Without Bread
The Low Carb Industry
The surging popularity of low carb diets caused an entire food industry to appear seemingly overnight. An entire line of foods now bear the catchy name “low carb”. What’s unfortunate is that a lot of these foods are very processed, and are not rich in nutritional quality. Clever marketing has come to the fore, with terms like “Smart Carbs” and “Net Carbs” appearing on many products.
The craze began to decline towards the end of 2004.