Choosing the Right Low-Carbohydrate Diet
Low-carbohydrate dieting is becoming more and more popular in the fitness and health industry. There are many indicators of health that suggest low-carb dieting as being advantageous. There are also many different types of low-carb diets, and choosing which one is best for you may seem difficult.
When deciding which low-carb diet is best for you, it is important to understand the differences between various dietary approaches. This article will cover three different variations of low-carb diets: Paleo, Atkins, and ketogenic diets.
A paleo diet isn’t always intended to be low-carbohydrate, but typically this is what happens when following this method. The purpose of this diet is to avoid dairy and grains and include fruits, vegetables, lean meats, and healthy fats. Of the low-carb diets discussed in this article, this is likely the least restrictive.
The Atkins Diet
The Atkins diet was developed to help improve many health parameters, especially heart health. The Atkins diet by nature is lower in carbohydrates than the paleo diet. Carbs are typically restricted to 50g a day or under, and this is made up for with a drastic increase in protein intake.
Historically, the ketogenic diet has been used in the treatment of pediatric drug-resistant epilepsy and is now extending into other therapeutic areas. The ketogenic diet is often considered the most restrictive of low-carb diets because it limits not only carbs but protein as well. On a ketogenic diet, you will be consuming 70% or more of your calories from dietary fat.
Choosing a diet can often mean choosing a lifestyle, and for this reason it is likely that you are going to need more information to make a decision. However, a good start is deciding on the foods you like. If you are a big fan of fruit, then Paleo is the way to go. If you are someone who enjoys eating massive amounts of lean meat and vegetables, then you may want to consider the Atkins diet. Finally, if you like fattier cuts of meat and salads loaded with dressing, then the ketogenic diet may be the best for you.
The most important aspect of any diet is adherence. If you cannot adhere to a diet, then it doesn’t matter how good the diet is. Make sure to choose a low-carb method that will work well with your lifestyle and best set you up for success.