South Beach Diet Vs Atkins Diet
There are so many diets out there at the moment it’s difficult to know which one to opt for. We have: low-carb / high-protein; high-carb / low-protein; low-fat; reduced-calorie; detox diets … the choice is endless. One diet which has hugely increased in popularity over recent years is the Atkins diet. Like the SouthBeach Diet, the Atkins diet works by lowering carbs. However, with Atkins diet, dieters are encouraged to cut out all carbs; good, bad or indifferent. They are also permitted to eat unlimited amounts of protein and saturated fat. The key difference between these two diets is that South Beach Diet does not require exclusion of carbs, but only a change in the type of carbs consumed. Also, the South Beach Diet does not condone consumption of saturated fat, which is commonly linked with cardiovascular disease. Instead, it encourages consumption of unsaturated fats, which are proven to promote health.
Compared to other low-carbohydrate diets, such as the Atkins Nutritional Approach, The South Beach Diet is liberal. It allows for a healthy combination of fats, proteins and carbohydrates without the burden of calorie-counting. The key is the variety of easy to make meals, which reduces boredom and make the diet low-maintenance. It even tries to “replace” favorite carbohydrate-rich meals, which foods such as the “Surprise Mashed Potatoes,” which is actually mashed cauliflower with cream and butter-flavoring. The cauliflower has a similar texture as potatoes and provides a healthy, comparable, side-dish.
South Beach is much more liberal than Atkins, which offers a four-phase approach to weight loss. Atkins is much stricter about carbohydrate consumption, which has alarmed members of the medical community, who refer to it as the “no carb” diet. As a cardiologist, Agatston believes a diet so low in carbohydrates and so high in saturated fat can lead to cardiovascular disease, heart attack and stroke.
The South Beach Diet has become mainstream and is quickly gaining momentum against the decades-old Atkins Nutritional Approach. “The South Beach Diet” book is sustaining it’s position on top of best-seller lists and it’s website, which offers more healthy eating tips and recipes, is becoming a heavily trafficked site. Who knows, mashed cauliflower may soon be a menu item at restaurants across the country.
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