The Atkins diet low in carbohydrates is based on eating very few carbohydrates, and this is especially true during "Phase 1". We believe it is one of the strictest low-carb diets on the market, especially during "Phase 1".
No doubt this program for anything other than a low-carbohydrate plan very strict, allowing only 80 calories of carbohydrate per day during the first phase (20 grams of net carbs is approximately 80 carb calories per day). ..... .. and that is less carbs than you'll find a large apple, since even a large apple has carbs a bit more than that.
Phase 1 of the Atkins Diet is now listed as "optional" - but even if Phase 1 is omitted who still believe that the limitations of carbohydrates in general do a diet low in carbohydrates very strict.
This program is probably not for the faint of heart, as only truly committed dieters will probably be able to support Phase 1 of this program.
What about the South Beach Diet?
The South Beach diet program is also a fairly strict low carb (especially during the first phase )..... though perhaps not as strict as the Atkins program.
... But it is our opinion that the South Beach plan is too strict (limits carbs too much) to be practical for the daily diet - especially during phase 1 with very low carbs and other rules that prohibit many foods.
For example, we found that higher-carb foods (on the South Beach menu) are severely limited in portions during the first phase of the diet - and this prevents a normal amount of carbohydrates eaten at the first phase.
In fact, most foods that dieters are allowed to eat in "unlimited portions" (during phase 1) are protein foods and super-low-calorie vegetables.
For example, the South Beach menu allows unlimited lettuce during phase 1 --- but yet limits the portions of "tomatoes" and "onion" and "peanuts."
Moreover, the "sweet snacks" which are allowed in the South Beach menu are limited to a mere 75 calories per day during Phase 1.
So although the South Beach plan allows "sweet snacks" - which are limited to only 75 calories per day ........ and that's fewer calories than a single large cookie contains.
So although the South Beach program is not as strict as the Atkins diet, it is our opinion that both diets are very strict low carb programs - and we believe that both plans will be quite difficult to follow for the average diet are not truly committed, especially during phase 1.
Also ....... both of these diets seem to have no "end" in sight - because they never plan on both the Atkins and South Beach diet can diet to return to a normal lifestyle of carbohydrates (carbohydrates that do not have to watch closely).
Both of these diets do gradually allow more and more carbohydrates consumed over time, of course (as time goes by the rules are relaxed a bit), but even after 6 months the diet stays to watch your intake of carbohydrates some point every day, and both diets seem to require a lifetime commitment of some kind.
So it's a lifestyle change permanent is required by these diets, and many dieters may find it difficult not to be able to enjoy their favorite carb-filled restaurant meals (which can be eaten completely "as was "without any restrictions).
So overall we think that both diets are not very practical for the average diet are not 100% committed to make huge sacrifices for the long term, we believe that many people find it difficult to change their entire lifestyle permanently. Therefore, we recommend the use of South Beach and Atkins programs for most people, for the reasons stated above.
End of review.
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