Diet Fad or Fix (Part 2)

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Diet Fad or Fix (Part 2)

25th Aug 2014

Diets - FAD or FIX? Part II

In Part 1 we looked at the fasting diet and the Paleo diet, we will look at 2 diets that are similar, the Dukan diet and the Atkins diet. The summary is still to come so keep an eye out for that in Part 3.

Dukan Diet
This is a low-carb, high protein diet and is done in phases, for each phase you introduce foods back into your diet. In phase 1 you are only to eat lean protein and there is a list of 72 foods that you can consume, such as chicken, eggs, and fish. The next 3 phases you start introduce some fruit, veg and small amounts of carbs and by the end all foods are back in your diet.

Pros
    • Lose wright quickly.
    • Easy to follow.
    • No need to weight food or count calories.

Cons
    • During phase 1 you can experience bad breath, tiredness and some sickness from eating no carbs.
    • Can cause constipation due to lack of fibre in the diet.


Atkins Diet
This is similar to the Dukan Diet, it is a low carb diet, where you are getting your body to burn body fat for energy as apposed to glucose. This is called ketosis. The difference between the Atkins and Dukan is that the Atkins allows unlimited fat and some veg during phase 1. Over the next 3 phases weight loss slows down as more foods are introduced and exercise is encouraged.

Pros
    • Lose weight very quickly.
    • Cuts out processed carbs.
    • You can still eat carbs and low-fat foods.

Cons
    • You may experience constipation, halitosis and dehydration.
    • Not sustainable for a long period of time.
    • You miss out of some nutrients supplied by fruit, vegetables and grains.