Diets With Increasing Carbohydrates

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Jul 042010

Increasing carbohydrates diet

Diets that are designed around increasing carbohydrate intake while decreasing fat intake are often referred to as ‘high-carb, low-fat’ diets. One type of diet of this type was offered by Dr. Dean Ornish alongside a few other authors. The diet was meant for people with coronary disease, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases. The daily energy needs for those who undertake the diet are covered by carbs and even then, it was at only 65-70% of the needed amount. The diet has a lot of variability and it is not that hard to maintain. However, it does have a disadvantage in that it is not balanced. It requires additional vitamins and protein additives for a complete and healthy lifestyle. Diets that work on this principle of increasing carbs are very similar to vegetarian diets.

Jul 042010

Diets with Increasing Protein

The concept of the high-protein, low-carb diet has been around for a while. These diets increase protein intake while dramatically decreasing the amount of carbohydrates you consume. One of the most famous diets of this type is the “Zone diet”. Dr. Barry Sears used the concepts behind this practice to engineer a diet that increases protein intake by 30% while reducing carbohydrate intake by 40%. At first, during the initial weeks of maintaining this diet, you can lose weight rapidly. However, after a few weeks the weight loss speed will decline by a large margin.

This diet is very comfortable to work with at first. Over time it becomes more difficult, however. This is due to the fact that the body is low on energy due to its lack of carbohydrate intake. This can lead to apathy, decreased work capacity, depression, and a sense that nothing has changed. You may end up gaining the weight back by simply loosing interest in the diet due to how limited your dietary choices. Continue reading »