With a vast number of diet plans available, it is not easy to decide which one is best. The diet you choose depends greatly on your personal preference and lifestyle. There are many “fad” diets to be aware of. These diets usually promise remarkable results with very little effort. Keep in mind that if a diet sounds too good to be true, it probably is. There is no magic pill for easy weight loss.
The general consensus among those struggling with weight loss seems to be that high-fat foods are frequently better tasting and more satisfying. Hence the reason some people prefer to opt for a low carb diet. A low-carbohydrate diet is based on foods that generally have a higher fat content and fewer carbohydrates. Unused carbohydrates are normally turned into stored fat. With that in mind, a low-carbohydrate diet works because it becomes necessary for the body to burn stored fat after carbohydrates have been used for energy. Foods low in carbohydrates aren’t digested as rapidly as those high in carbohydrates, so they provide a feeling of fullness for a longer period of time. Feeling satisfied can be the key to a successful diet for some.
The downfall of a low-carbohydrate diet is the limited variety of allowable foods. Breads, pasta, and sweets are high in carbohydrates and should be eaten in extreme moderation. Just as it is necessary to exercise portion control while on a low-fat diet, it is also necessary to keep portions in check while on a low-carbohydrate diet. Any diet will fail if portion sizes are not limited. To lose weight while eating a low-carbohydrate diet, you must consume no more than 60 carbohydrates per day.
The choice between following a low-fat diet and a low-carbohydrate diet is a personal decision. Keep in mind that for any diet to be successful on a long-term basis, there must be a lifestyle change. Talk to your healthcare provider before starting any weight loss program. They can advise you on the diet that is right for your individual needs according to your specific health conditions and concerns.