Which are the most popular diet plans available these days?
What with the overabundance of books and electronic resources pertaining to weight loss, including the thousands of doctors, dietitians, and nutritional coaches who are continuously developing new, faster, better diet plans appropriate for almost everyone you’d think they would have begun a healthy lifestyle revolution by now.
On the contrary, in spite of this information explosion age we are in and the increasing consciousness among people across cultures and ages, the rate of obesity continues to rise at an alarming rate.
Hence, the market for popular diet plans and weight loss programs will always be very broad and lucrative.
Below is a short review of four of the most popular diet plans today.
The Low Glycemic Index Diet
If you want to lose that stubborn belly fat then this diet is for you. From the moment that we wake up in the morning until we retire at night, and even in our sleep, our body needs energy for the various activities we do and the different chemical processes happening inside us.
Energy comes from glucose which is derived from the breakdown of carbohydrates found in foods like rice, bread, and sugar. Do you see the connection? First, we eat carbohydrates, and then it is converted to glucose, which then becomes a source of energy that enables our body to perform physical activities like walking, jumping or carrying heavy stuff.
Scientists have proven that insulin levels rise when we eat carbohydrates. Insulin as a hormone is critical in the metabolic process because it enables liver, muscle and fat cells to absorb glucose from the blood, piling it up as glycogen and preventing fat use as source of energy.
A low glycemic index diet supports the idea that highly refined foods plus simple carbohydrates are directly responsible in the development of our excess body fat. Since these high glycemic index foods are quickly converted to glucose, the higher is the rise in insulin level. And fat storage is only possible when the insulin level is high.
Keeping your insulin levels at bay prevents fat storage and encourages fat burning by transforming fat into fuel or energy for the body.
Summing up everything about the low glycemic index diet, the higher the glycemic index value of a carbohydrate is, the faster is its conversion to glucose and hence, the bigger your belly becomes.
The Mediterranean Diet Plan
Most Mediterranean cuisine are characterized by fresh greens, whole grains, leafy vegetables, and fruits, olive oil, considered a healthy oil, as well as fish, eggs and lean meat eaten in very minimal amounts. This plan reinforces a long-term healthier eating habit and has often been referred to as the most heart-friendly diet.
Fruits replace sugar-packed and calorie-laden desserts and natural honey is recommended as a sweetener.
People who eat this way are said to be less likely to suffer from degenerative diseases such as cancer, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
The South Beach Diet Plan
You need to know by heart the glycemic index list if you are to succeed with this plan. It focuses on recognizing and eating good carbohydrates like beans, nuts and lentils, and avoiding bad carbohydrates like fries, burgers and rice.
Low carbohydrate, low glycemic index foods and healthy oils define the South Beach Diet Plan, and spells out its success as a long time popular weight loss program.
Three phases define the plan. The first phase focuses on loading up only on allowable healthy, good carbs, followed by the second phase, which is a gradual addition of other types of carbs until you achieve your desired weight. The third and last phase concentrates on maintenance and reinforcing lifelong healthy eating habits.