There are so many different diets available. It is very hard for the average person to choose the right one because the proponents of all of these diets say that their diets are the best. No fat diets, high fat diets, high carbohydrate low fat diet, very low carbohydrate high protein and high fat diet. High protein and low carbohydrate diets like The Atkins diet is very popular but is it really the best diet from the bunch?
The basic assumption of the very low carbohydrate approach is that carbohydrates cause fat storage because they increase insulin production. Insulin is suppose to be the main enemy that has to be avoided. So if you eat less carbs then you would control insulin and lose fat.
But in reality carbohydrates are not fattening and too many people take this diet to extremes and do not eat any carbohydrates at all. Atkins starts people at 20 grams of daily carbohydrate, the Eades of Protein Power say 30 grams, Diana Schwarzbein of The Schwarzbein Principle says at least 60, the Zone says 100 to 150, and Sugar Busters would probably be around 140 to 200 grams. All of these are considerably under standard nutritional advice, which is generally around 250 to 300 grams of carbohydrate daily. Eating more calories than your body can use at one time is fattening not certain food group by itself.
Some people lose weight more quickly on a very low carbohydrate diet, but that’s not the same thing as saying carbohydrates are fattening. Lox carbohydrates are also used by bodybuilders before competitions. But the main problem with very low carbohydrate diets is that is impossible to stay on these kind of diets for long periods.
Most people do not need extreme methods like eating only 20-30 grams of carbs a day. Most people will lose fat simply by adding a regular exercise routine to their schedule and eating better foods.