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Get To Know Your Options - A Diet Primer

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Everyone is familiar with dieting and whenever someone decides to lose weight, the first step is to alter the regular diet. The very first person in history of dieting who altered his diet with the aim to lose weight was William the Conqueror. Learn dieting trivia and get to know your options on different types of diets with our diet primer.




In 1087 William, the conqueror, realised he was too fat to ride his horse and decided to stop eating altogether and only drink alcohol for some time. Since then, many people across different times and ages have advocated ways to alter your diet to lose weight quickly. 


The concept of gaining and losing weight is hardly shrouded in mystery. Everyone knows that if you consume more calories than your body requires and burn lesser calories, then you are likely to gain weight, unless you are one of the lucky ones who are blessed with a highly active metabolism. 


Discussed below are the basics of different diets.



Banting diet

One of the very first documented diet program was devised by William Banting who was a London undertaker. Known popularly as the Banting diet, this diet advocates four meals a day which may comprise of proteins, unsweetened fruits, green vegetables and some dry wine or toast. Potatoes, sugar, breads, and any baked products are forbidden.  Banting followed this diet and lost weight at an average of 1 pound each week.



Atkins diet

This diet plan is credited with popularising the low-carb foods craze. Dr. Robert Atkins proposed that low calorie and low fat diet regimes makes one feel deprived and dissatisfied all the time. As the foods low in fat but high in carbs get digested quickly, they shoot the sugar level up and then causes it to suddenly shoot down, thus resulting in hunger. A controlled low carb diet inclusive of proteins and fats makes the sugar levels in the body rise slowly, thus reducing the hunger pangs.


South Beach

The diet plan suggested by the Miami cardiologist, Dr. Arthur Agatston in 1990, has some features common with the Atkins diet. He however focuses on the balance that has to be achieved between the good fat and the good carbohydrates. Soft drinks and baked products are forbidden in the initial phase. By the second phase and third phase, some of these banished foods need to slowly included in diet though in controlled amounts.



Deal a Meal

This popular diet program was proposed in 1980s by the weight loss and exercise guru Richard Simmons. The program relied on three main principles: dieters should be taught:  good eating habits, stress on exercising and encouraging positive attitude.



Weight Watchers diet

This diet support group was founded in 1960’s by Jean Nidetch. Under this program, all the food items are assigned points and the dieters are permitted to allow only certain numbers in their diet regime.



The Beverly Hills diet

This diet plan was popularised when rumors spread that many Hollywood celebrities were following this diet. The diet program promises a loss of atleast 15 pounds in 5 weeks. The diet comprises mainly of fruits, atleast for the first 10 days of the 35 day long program. On the 11th day, butter and carbohydrates is added to the diet. On the 19th day, protein is added and occasional fatty treats are also permitted.



Sonoma Diet

This diet is a derivative of the Mediterranean diet and the entire diet plan stresses on regulated intake of food products and consumption of around 10 food items that is popularly known as the power foods. These power foods comprise of broccoli, whole grains, tomatoes, grapes, bell peppers, blueberries, almonds, strawberries, olive oil and spinach.



The Zone diet

This diet also advocates and advises against foods with refined carbs such as bagels, white bread, pasta, noodles etc. The dieter is said to be in the “Zone” if he eats 5 meals in a day and consumes protein amount that fits his palm size and carbs which are equal to his fist size. This diet plan focuses heavily on the glycemic index.



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Get To Know Your Options - A Diet Primer