Controlled Carbohydrates Diets
Low Carbohydrate Diet
It was introduced by Jean Brillat Savann in “The Physiology of Tastes”. This diet restricts one’s consumption of carbohydrate.
In this particular diet, foods which are high in digestible carbohydrates (for example, pasta and bread) are consumed in limited amounts or completely replaced with food consisting of higher protein and fat content (for example, meat, peanuts, fish and eggs), although some vegetables and fruits, such as berries, are allowed as well.
This diet may be considered a fad diet. However, it can be used for treatment of several conditions, such as obesity, diabetes, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome and polycystic ovarian syndrome.
Banting’s Low Carbohydrate Diet
It was introduced by William Banting, an English casketmaker. This diet was based on limiting one’s intake of easily-digestible and refined carbohydrates. Basically, this diet consists of 4 meals daily, each meal consisting of meat, fruits, vegetables and dry wine, and focuses on avoiding saccharine matter, sugar, beer, starch, milk and butter.
Calorie Counter Diet
The Calorie Counter diet was first introduced in 1918 by Lulu Hunt Peters, and was the first diet to use calorie counting as a weight loss method. The weight loss method says that to lose one pound of fat, you need to burn 3,500 calories. It makes use of the concept of higher calorie burning as opposed to the reduction of calorie intake to achieve weight loss.
Drinking Man’s Diet
This diet involves the consumption of meat and alcohol together. People on this diet are allowed to consume as much meat and fibre as they want, but refrain from eating any carbohydrates or fats. They are also allowed to imbibe all the alcohol they can drink, which contains trace amounts of carbohydrates, including wine, champagne and beer. It was popular in the 1930’s as it allowed people to drink and still lose weight.
The Atkin’s diet is basically consuming food at an extremely low carbohydrate level. Avoiding carbohydrates in your diet prevents your body from weight gain. Hence, you are required to eat less than 20 grams of carbohydrates daily. The amounts of meat and cheese consumed is not limited as they contain fewer carbohydrates.
The Zone Diet
The Zone offers various prepackaged meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily for a sum of money.