Find out more about the top 3 hi-fat  diets. The Ketogenic diet that was developed initially as dietary therapy for epilepsy sufferers. The Paleo diet where the menu was inspired by the food consumed in the stone age (no Mammoth or Dinosaur meat though). The Atkins diet that is working according to a 4 stages principal.

Read the books and learn about these 3 diets,  then choose the one that you think will be most suitable. Good Luck!!!

Ketogenic Diet-lose weight

A low-carb diet where the body start producing Ketones.

This diet is based on hi-fat, low-carb foods consumption. It was developed originally to prevent epileptic seizures. It mimics the body’s actions while fasting, when an epileptic sufferer fasts, there are almost no seizures. The main use of this technique is to treat epileptic children and adults who are not responding well to anti-seizures medications. When we eat a balanced meal, the body converts carbohydrates to sugars which in turn delivers energy to all major organs such as the brain, the heart, muscles, etc.  While following this diet, only 5%-10% of the calories are derived from carbohydrates, the liver produces ketones from fat. The additional ketones bring the body to a state of ketosis, in this state the body’s organs, including the brain, are running almost entirely on energy derived from fat. The keogenic diet is an effective treatment for about 50% of epilepsy patients. The diet is very effective for weight reducing, but medical supervision is recommended.

Paleo Diet – Eat like a stone-age cavemen

This diet is very popular, it’s very effective when you try to lose those extra kilograms that you carry. It is inspired by the foods that were consumed in the stone age, mainly  meat, fish and uncultivated fruits and vegetables.

What can we eat while following this diet?

The cavemen were hunter-gatherers, their only sources of food were the animals and fish they hunted and whatever they could gather. The Paleo diet allows you to eat animal products like cooked unprocessed meat, fish, eggs, milk, butter and full fat cheeses. The diet also allows to eat fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, avocado, etc. The foods and beverages to avoid are processed foods, all foods that contain flour and sugar, snacks, alcohol, refined oils, sweetened drinks and more.  There are no limitations on the quantities of the “allowed foods” you can consume, it is important to eat fruits and vegetables in addition to animal products.

What should you stay away from?

Artificial scents and flavors, preservatives, processed meat and fish, sugar, processed cheese, artificial sweeteners, anything made from dough, etc. You eat more or less what our prehistoric ancestors used to eat. It is recommended to limit the quantities of hi-carb products like breads, sweets etc. Fruits contain sugar too and their intake should be limited.

Atkins diet (new formula)

Those who will avoid high carbohydrates foods such as potatoes, sweets, breads and pastry will lose weight. The diet was developed about 40 years ago, the formula was revised few years ago. Atkins is a low-carbs diet. The body will start converting fat to energy and the result will be weight loss. Atkins diet is unsuitable for kidney disease patients. It is suitable for those who want to lose weight and maintain healthy weight for life.

Does it really work?

Much research was done on low carb diets in general and Atkins diet in particular. The results showed that low carb diets resulted in significant weight loss. Atkins diet also reduces the levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in the body. Like many other diets, it is not easy to keep following the Atkins diet rules for extended periods but it’s worth trying.

Read the book and follow the rules, follow the do’s and dont's on the way to reach your goal

The first stage kickstarts the process with an accelerated dieting process, it’s very important to follow the instructions in the book, for example:

  • Your daily consumption of carbohydrates should be 20 grams derived from vegetables.
  • Eat 3 full meals and 4-5 light meals daily. Eat meat, fish, poultry, eggs, butter, olive oil etc.
  • Stay away from dishes that contain wheat, grains, soft vegetables, fruit, dairy products except butter, sour cream and full fat cheeses.
  • Do not eat any type of grains, legumes, nuts, etc.  for the first 2 weeks and only small quantities later.
  • Drink only water, about 8 cups a day.

The second stage will continue the weight loss but at a slower pace. At this stage you can vary the menu by adding some grains, nuts, legumes, fruits and vegetables. Drink only water, the daily carbohydrates intake should not exceed 40 grams.

The third stage is the adjustments stage, once you achieve your desired weight you can experiment with the quantities and see how much carbohydrates you can consume daily without gaining weight.

The fourth stage is the maintenance stage, once you’ve achieved your goal you may add few more carbohydrates,  add more variety to your menu according to your body’s requirements, incorporate physical activities. The aim is to maintain your desired weight and fitness level indefinitely.

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