Diets seem to come and go - the egg diet, the cabbage soup diet, WeightWatchers, the grapefruit diet, the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, the GI Diet to name but a few. But what does it all mean? Do diets go out of fashion because we get bored with the food choices? Or do we find they don't work for us and move on to the next diet, each time believing that this is the one which will miraculously shift those extra pounds? Is there any reason why one diet might work better than the next? Does it matter what sort of foods we eat, or is it not all just about calories?
One thing is for sure. There are many different diets, and deciding which one to try can be very difficult. Most of us probably end up trying the one our friends or relations are doing! But bearing in mind that the statistics say that most people who lose weight gain it back again, go on another diet and thus become caught in a metabolism-lowering vicious circle of yo-yo dieting, is this the best policy? Perhaps we ought to be a little more scientific about it?
Certainly, low calorie/low fat diets have been accepted for many years as the right way to lose weight. But the escalating rates of obesity are an indication that reducing calories and fat is not the whole story, and in fact, research is now telling us that these diets are not the best way to lose weight for most people.
So what is the best diet for losing weight? Studies on the latest diets which restrict carbohydrates instead of fat or calories such as the Atkins and other low carb diets are providing a steady stream of evidence that these work better for many of us. This is because low carb diets and the closely related low GI (glycemic index) and low GL (glycemic load) diets recognize how hormones such as insulin can affect our weight loss efforts. If we really want to find a diet which works for us on a permanent basis, we need to understand what these new diets are all about.
But where to start? There are so many different diet books we could choose to read. How do we know whether a low carb or a low GI or low GL type of diet is best for us? And once we've made that choice, how do we decide which specific diet to follow?
Finding impartial information on diets can be difficult, because most diet books are written by the originators of the various diets themselves. It's important to get a balanced view of the advantages and disadvantages of different types of diet and the science supporting them. The ‘Easy Guide to Low Carb, Low GI & Low GL Diets’ does this by providing impartial, clear, concise and easy to read information about these diets, how they work, their safety, how to decide which one is best for you, where to get easy to follow diet and meal plans and tips for getting started.
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Jackie Bushell is passionate about raising awareness of the role of diet and nutrition in good health and helping those who are affected by obesity. Via her website at GoodDietGoodHealth.com , she provides information, support, cookbooks, how-to guides and a newsletter for those wishing to understand more about how to improve their health and achieve a healthy weight in a natural way. Amongst the resources she has developed are a low carb/low GI diet cookbook and a book called 'Why Can't I Lose Weight' for those who experience common problems such as not losing weight on their diet or becoming stuck on a ‘diet plateau’.