There are quite a number of diets out there and it can be quite a feat to
figure out which one is best for you. I'll summarize each of these
diets and make a recommendation as to which I consider the best.
First let me say that there is a bit of a misconception concerning diets.
A lot of people consider that they don't need to concern themselves
with diets unless they want or need to lose weight. EVERYONE needs
to take a look a their diet. Your diet determines how your body will
operate and when you step out of the bounds concerning how your
body burns food you, to a lesser or greater degree, hamper your
Here's a quick look at these diets:
Zone: A sophisticated diet. This diet details how much food you
need based on your protein requirements and spreads meals
evenly throughout the day. It's philosophy is that most everyone
functions best when 40% of your calories come from
carbohydrates, 30% comes from protein and 30% from fat. It
focuses heavily on regulating insulin levels and hormones.
Atkins: This diet, especially in the beginning phase, is a high
fat, high protein diet. It's one of the first diets to step away from
the carbohydrate diet that the AMA has been recommending for
the last 15 years. It's not based on caloric restriction to lose
weight. Rather, it uses a state called ketosis. This is where
you limit carbs so much that your body is forced to break
down fat to get enough glucose (the sugar your brain needs
for fuel). You can burn off a lot of fat quickly with it.
Slim Fast: This diet is based on calorie counting. It's a high
carb diet that basically uses the old fashioned "starvation
technique" to lose weight.
Blood Typing: This diet recommends eating based on your
blood type. It theorizes that blood types developed due to
dietary changes that happened as man evolved. For
example: "O" should be meat eaters while "A" should be
vegetarians. This is because "O" (the first blood type) was
man's first blood type, when he ate meat mostly. While
"A" (the next evolved blood type) was the primary type of
man as he moved to an agricultural society and began to
eat more vegetables.
Metabolic Typing: This diet focuses eating according to
the diet of your particular heredity. For instance, the
American Eskimo eats nothing but meat and fat and has
very low rates of heart disease and are generally
healthy. The Mediterranean diet, however, is based on
eating more carbs and couldn't tolerate an Eskimos
diet. This diet, like the Zone, uses food as a 'drug' in
order to not only lose weight and get in shape but also
to cure chronic physical problems.
Glucose Revolution: This diet is based on the glycemic
index. This is an index that measures carbs based on
how quickly they are turned into glucose and raise
your insulin levels. It focuses on eating complex
carbs over simple ones but has a lot of the same
messages that the AMA recommends.
So which of these diets are best? Is it possible that
one diet can fit all? The answer is yes. A diet can work
for everyone if it is based on the fact that everyone is
different. There are three diets above that do this: the
Zone, Atkins, Metabolic Typing. Of these three I
recommend the Zone over all of them (also taking into
account some of the Metabolic Typing diet's
recommendations). It's based on genetics and
accounts for the differences of people. It is a diet that
is very precise and requires more on your part than
the others. What other diet has Olympic athletes
used to enhance performance and been shown by
studies at universities like Harvard to be the best in
reducing heart disease and diabetes? If you're not
ready for the type of commitment that it requires,
however, then I recommend Metabolic Typing next
followed by Atkins.
I recommend that you get one of these books
yourself and read all about the diet that interests
you the most. You need to get all the information
you can to follow a diet closely in order to get all
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