A low carb diet is one that significantly limits carbohydrate intake. The diet is designed to jump-start the body's metabolism into burning excess metabolic fat for fuel.There are many versions of the low carb diet and can be quite confusing to people who wish to try this method. From Atkins, Sugar Buster, South Beach to various iterations of the Paleo they all have some elimination of carbohydrates as their core principle. How do you know if a low carbohydrate diet is right for you? Which carbohydrates are eliminated? Our training in bariatric medicine at Advanced Physicians Weight Management can help you make an informed decision and monitor your health and progress. No matter what the dietary plan is for weight loss, it must be nutritionally sound and health-promoting and also sustainable for the patient over the long term.
The Paleo diet is a simple diet plan that is based on eating the kinds of foods that the early humans ate. The Paleo diet largely eliminates processed foods. The primary foods in the Paleo diet are fish, meat, veggies, and fruit. The Paleo diet does have some things in common with the low carb diet, although the intake of natural sugars tends to be higher due to fruit consumption.
The Mediterranean diet is modeled after the diet of people in Mediterranean countries such as Greece. This diet is notable for its high vegetable and fruit consumption. Healthy fats like olive oil are an integral part of this diet plan. The Mediterranean diet also includes moderate protein and dairy intake. Research shows that the traditional Mediterranean diet reduces the risk of heart disease and lowers level low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol — the "bad" cholesterol that builds up in your arteries.
The Swedish diet is similar to the other low carb diet plans mentioned previously. The focus with the Swedish diet is on low carbohydrate intake and high fat intake. Common staple foods in this diet include lean meats, egg whites, blueberries, oats, yogurt, and vegetables. Protein is usually monitored on this diet, with higher protein levels being desirable for weight loss.
Every weight loss patient is unique, so the doctor can work closely with you to determine which type of eating plan will give you the best possible results.
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