I hear so much about the Atkins diet and the South Beach diet. They both seem to be so popular with people looking to lose weight. So which one is the right one to go with when choosing a diet plan? When choosing a diet plan, I for one would love to find a diet that let me lose the baby weight in as little as one week. But we all know that does not exist. The ones that do allow you to drop a whole lot of weight real quick are not safe and healthy. So were does one turn when looking for safe and healthy? Did I mention that the diet not only has to be safe and healthy it actually has to work?
So here I am hearing all about the Atkins diet and the South Beach diet on TV, in magazines and on the radio in my car while I am chowing down on McDonald’s cheeseburgers. So I decide to do my own research into each one to of these popular diets. What are they, how do they differ from each other and what do they each require of me for me to lose the weight.
What I have found is that there are some similarities with both diets. Medical doctors created them both. They are both best-selling diet books. They both restrict carbohydrates.
So here is a break down of each one of the diets and how they may or may not work for at least me and why they will not work.
South Beach Diet:
The South Beach diet does not count grams of carbohydrates. Great for me cause when I want to eat I don’t want to sit counting carbs. I don’t see where anyone who is hungry really wants to sit and count anything before eating.
With the South Beach diet one must get rid of certain food for two weeks. Food such as cereal, fruit, bread, carrots and corn to name some of them are forbidden during the first phase of the diet. Some of this may be ok to get rid of for me at least. I am not a big cereal eater and corn I can give up for two weeks. But bread and fruit are going to be my hard parts. One I love fresh fruit and bread in my house has to be served at every dinner. So some weak points to this diet from my viewpoint.
During what is called phase one which is the first two weeks the South Beach diet allows for snacking. This works for me. So here isa plus for this diet. I don’t know anyone that wants to be on a strict eating schedule that bans some in between meals snacking.
After the first two weeks the South Beach diet allows one to add some of the banned foods back into one’s life. Pasta will be added back along with, carrots and fruit to name a few that makes a come back. Great after two weeks they are saying I can have my fruit back. Ok so this may work if I can just go two weeks with out it.
I really want my bread back but that is not to happen till I hit my target weight and then only in small portions on an occasional basis. But they are claiming that after two weeks I won’t miss some of this stuff anyway. With no calorie counting and portion restrictions of the foods that are allowed I am not suppose to ever go hungry on this diet. So this diet does have some good points to it that might allow it to really work on a long-term basis.
The Atkins Diet:
The Atkins Diet makes you count carbohydrates. The Atkins Diet does not allow any more than 20 grams of carbohydrates in a day during the first two weeks. This is a bad thing for this diet on my end because I must count carbs before eating. I do not think that I can do this every meal every day for two weeks.
The Atkins diet is going to take certain foods away some will come back later and others they say not at all. Bread once again I must give up but with this diet it will only be for two weeks. Two weeks I might be able to handle. Fruit once again will be gone for two weeks. Sugar and baked goods with this diet are off limits during all phases. Sorry but I am not into artificial sweeteners so this may also pose a big problem. Starchy vegetables like corn and sweet peas are also banned for good. I have no problem with really giving those two up.
The Atkins Diet says that when I am at 10 pounds from my goal I will enter phase 3. This phase allows the adding of 5 to 10 grams of carbohydrates to my diet per week. So I am still counting carbs. This is a problem still. I do not care what part of a diet I am in I do not want to be counting carbs, calories or anything else.
Both of these diets have some very good points to them that I can actually do to lose weight. They both have things about them that I may find hard to do. I have found that if something is really hard to do that one will not stick with a diet program. So I have come up with my own way of doing this that I think might work for me.
First I am going to give up the things that I can live with for two weeks. Gradually adding them back into my diet. The things that I cannot go with out for very long or at all I can limit them though. By limiting them I can still have a lot of the benefits of the diets with out giving up.
Most people fail at diets and at losing weight because they are like I am they give up. When you give up completely you lose all benefits of anything that you have done. So my suggestion is to give up the foods that you can live without for two weeks like both of these diets suggest doing. Then add the ones back that both of these diets allow when the two weeks are up. For the things that the diets ban for good, don’t ban them for good from your diet if you cannot actually give them up. Instead I suggest going ahead and eating them on a limited basis. Eat them in smaller portions and not at every meal. This should help in keeping with a healthier eating plan with out giving up completely.