There are so many diet plan choices out there from the Atkins diet, the Dukan diet, the south beach diet, that it can become extremely overwhelming on deciding which one would work for you. Not only that but sometimes the information itself is so confusing, that you become lost in the whole concept behind the reason you’re on it in the first place! Am I suppose to eat 3 meals a day, 2 meals a day, what carbs am I suppose to eat and not eat, along with timing of these carbs sometimes! All of these things can frustrate the lay person, looking to shed some weight and trying to get their nutrition in check.
The easiest way to know which diet plan will work for you, is firstly by figuring out your own personal goals. Do you want to lose body fat, gain muscle mass, or do both at the same time? Based on your answer to this question, you will then figure out which of these diet plans will cater to that desire of yours.
The Atkins diet and the Dukan diet, focus on low carbs. As far as I am aware, they’re just another form of carb cycling. For the Dukan diet, they tell you to consume only meats for the first 10 days and then alternate days of only meat and days of meat and carbs, until you’ve lost a significant amount of weight that you desire. When you reach your desired weight, you then move onto consuming your carbs normally, but in small portions. Finally, the South Beach diet, focused on replacing bad fats and bad carbs with good carbs and good fats.
Majority of these diets are very simple nutritional commonsense, where if you are going to consume fats, it should be from the ones that are liquid at room temperature, like olive oil. The complex carbs are the ones you’ll want to consume for the carb cycles, and etc.
Point is, all these diet plans do is give you a protocol to follow instead of trying to figure it out by yourself. However you want to look at it, the all veggie diet, the all meat diet, the low carb diet, it all has it’s specific goals. If you are only consuming protein for your main nutritional source for 10 days, you’re going to lose body fat significantly, and retain muscle. If you’re going to give yourself a day of high carbs, it’s because you’re carbing up and allowing your workouts to benefit you even more, by utilizing the carbohydrates that have been reintroduced into your diet. But overall, body fat reduction is what is desired, while building muscle.
At the end of the day, it’s all on what you want to and are capable of doing. Some people find it very hard to follow a only meat diet for 10 days, while others find that a carb cycling diet is better for them as it allows them to still enjoy their potatos and rice while still dieting.
Choosing a diet plan should not be too hard. The point is if you want to gain weight, you eat more and if you want to lose weight, you eat less. Yet again as I said before, these diet plans are just guidelines and helps you make constructive decisions without wondering if you’re on the wrong path. They guide you in the direction you want to go, without having to be an expert when it comes to nutrition.
I hope this post clarified choosing diet plans for you. The basis is to understand what you want to do and choose the diet plan that is constructed for that purpose.
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