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Which Diet Is The Fairest Of Them All

Aug 17, 2007
The question of which weight loss diet is the best reminds one of an old children's bedtime story. The fairly tale goes on about a self-infatuated, envious queen mother who had in her possession a magic mirror. The mirror could tell the most beautiful.

One time on imploring of the mirror, who was the fairest of them all, the mirror had the audacity to name some pretty girl named after the winters precipitation and its colour; albeit that Snow White was unaware of her crowning beauty.

Like the murderous plot that follows in the story so it is with claims and counter claim of which is the best diet. Each diet proposes superiority as it beats-down on others. However as different diet proponents jostle to take the crown of "the weight loss diet", science seems to be particularly oblivious of exclusively of any diet. Research indicates that it is unlikely that any one diet is optimal for all overweight persons. Different diets have their different comparative advantage. As such one diet would be more effective to some people and be ineffective to others.

For example, a low carb diet enthusiast might hold to the notion that nothing cuts body fat like fried chicken breast. Indeed studies have shown high protein high fat diets like Atkins and South Beach diets results to improved levels of triglycerides and also result to weight loss. It also has shown that some individuals are able to stay on these kinds of diet and result to large amounts of weight loss due to high satiety.

By the way, high satiety is one of the strongest selling points of a diet like Atkins. Since weight loss diets involve calorie reduction often it comes with reduced amounts of food. With stomach used to being full, diets can result to excruciating hunger pangs.

However if you are a bread lover the high protein high fat diets has shown to be punitive. People with a taste for carbohydrates will tend to lose interest with the diet in time.

Similarly reduce glycemic load diets like the now famous G.I diet has shown to be effective in mitigating Type 2 diabetes, which often accompanies obesity, and also results to weight loss.

Even the more drastic Very Low Calories Diet (VLCD) has shown to be effective in resulting to weight loss. But a word of caution with VLCDs; it is best administered by a qualified physician who understand what they are doing physiologically and nutritionally. This means that evidence on VCLD is not a vote for cabbage soup diet.

Other diets like the Mediterranean diet have also shown similar positive results in weight loss as the more acceptable conventional diet.

The conventional diet includes reducing calorie intake by 500Kcal- 1000Kcal a day. This results to one to two pound of weights loss a week. 55% of the energy should be from carbohydrates, 15% from proteins and 30% from fats.

Without a one fits all diet, if seems best to design a weight loss diet based on individual needs, conditions and preference in a healthy and safe manner. Obesity is a result of several factors. Individualizing helps one to tackle the factors relevant to them making a diet and the whole weight loss plan effective.
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Mark Kimathi - Get simmilar articles like No Flour No Sugar Diet and Acupunture Weight Loss at www.Health-eMark.com
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