Popular Low-Carb Diets - Visual Guide

Low-carb diets are a popular choice for dieters who are looking for a balanced nutritional approach. The infographic presents 6 reduced carbohydrate diets, including The South Beach Diet, Zone Diet, Atkins Diet, Paleo Diet, Sugar Busters Diet, and Low GI Diet. Feel free to use the infographic below on your website, as long as you link to the original page where it was first published: Embedding the infographic on your blog or website is very easy and you'll find instructions how to do it here. The infographic is licensed through the Creative Commons Attribution-No Derivatives License which allows redistribution both commercial and noncommercial as long as it is unchanged and credited to Low Carb Foods.org.

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The South Beach Diet divides carbohydrates into good and bad carbs and restricts the consumption of products such as beets, cereal, bread, and potatoes. Dieters enjoy normal-size servings of fish, poultry, and meat. They can eat nuts, cheese, and vegetables as well as foods that are low on carbohydrates and have a low glycemic index value. Basically, this dietary plan is higher in fat and protein and lower in carbs than a standard eating plan.

The Atkins Diet is a weight loss program that restricts the intake of carbohydrates. The plan recommends eating foods such as cheese, eggs, and meat. Protein-rich foods like seafood and meat contain small amounts of carbohydrate. Dieters should avoid trans fats and eat more foods with healthy fats such as expeller-pressed grapeseed oil, canola oil, olive oil, and products rich in omega-3 fatty acids.

The Caveman Diet, also known as the Paleolithic Diet and Hunter-Gatherer Diet, is a nutritional approach based on the diet of Paleolithic people. This dietary plan recommends eating foods that could be gathered, fished, and hunted 10,000 years ago. Dieters can have roots, fruits and vegetables, eggs, fish, and meat. This diet restricts the consumption of processed foods and oils, legumes, grains, and dairy products. Some versions of the Caveman Diet ban the consumption of eggplant, tomatoes, and other nightshade vegetables and encourage eating raw meat and vegetables. Basically, dieters should avoid products of modern agriculture. The diet is said to help people to lose weight, detoxify the body, and boost their energy level. This nutritional approach is a good choice for people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Gluten is found in grains such as rye, barley, and wheat.

The Zone Diet is based on the consumption of healthy fats, protein, and carbohydrates in a balanced ratio. Dieters can eat carbohydrates in the form of fruits, whole grains, lentils, and vegetables. According to proponents of the Zone Diet, it helps prevent chronic and serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. Meals can be modified and customized to each dieter, based on body fat, activity level, age, sex, etc. The Low GI Diet is a popular dietary plan based on products with a low glycemic index value. There are many foods with low GI such as linseed, whole wheat and whole grain, lettuce, carrots, and sweet corn. Dieters should avoid high GI foods like bagels, puffed wheat, donuts, and dates. Finally, the Sugar Busters Diet bans foods that contain starches and sugar. According to proponents, sugar is to blame for overweight and many health problems. Dieters should avoid products that contain refined sugar, including glucose, sugared soda, honey, and corn syrup. In addition, the diet bans products that are high in carbohydrate such as corn, potatoes, and refined flour. The Sugar Busters Diet emphasizes eating whole grains, vegetables rich in healthy fiber, and lean meats.