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Low carb diets are popular because these kinds of diet do not require tedious counting of calories, which is very convenient, especially for men. Aside from that, low carb diets are easier to follow and also allows men to still eat their favorite foods.
Three of the most popular low carb diets are the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, and the Paleolithic/Paleo Diet.
The Atkins Diet consists of four stages.
The introductory first stage lasts about two weeks. In this stage, a man should eat n0 more than 20 grams of carbohydrates per day. After 2 weeks, where weight loss should be evident, stage two starts. This stage is quite similar with the first one, ecxept that the amount of carbohydrate consumption is increased and new foods-- like nuts, seeds, and some berries-- are reintroduced into the diet. Stage 3 begins when you are only around 4.5 kg farther to your target weight. This stage adds 5-10 grams of carbohydrates in your diet per week but only if your weight remains stable. When you finally reach your target weight, you can now proceed to the 4th and the last stage, which is the maintenance phase.
Foods allowed are eggs, meat, fish, olive oil, butter, cheese, olives, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, broccoli, avocado, and artificial sweeteners; while those that you must avoid are sugar, pastries, starchy vegetables (corn and peas), bread, pasta, potatoes (excluded in stage one, some will be added later in the next step), and alcohol and nuts (none in stage one, will be added in subsequent phases).
Another low carb diet for men is the South Beach Diet, which consists of three stages. Unlike the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Beach Diet do not completely eliminate carbohydrates during the first stage. In fact, it promotes the consumption of good carbohydrates and fats.
The first stage of the South Beach Diet suggests eating three meals plus snacks per day, although only foods that are low in carbohydrates are allowed.
During the second stage, fruits, breads, and whole grain pasta are slowly reintroduced.
And like the Atkins Diet, the third stage is for your weight loss maintenance.
Foods allowed on this diet are lean meat, shellfish, meat substitutes, tofu, eggs, cheese, nuts, beans, and vegetables. Those that are not allowed are bread, rice, potatoes, pasta, and fruit (all of which only added in the second and third stages); as well as pastries, sugar, and alcohol.
The Paleo Diet, short for Paleolithic Diet and also known as Caveman Diet, was popularized by Dr. Ben Balzer. This diet was modeled after the eating habits of our primitive ancestors, taking into account how they have not suffered from now-common diseases such as cancer, heart disease, depression, or stroke.
In reality, the Paleo diet is not only low carb, it is a carb-restricted diet, which means that you must avoid from eating ALL types of carbohydrates. Basically, what you will be eating are only the ff: meat, fish, chicken, eggs, nuts (except cashews and peanuts), berries, fruits, and vegetables. You cannot, in any way, the following food types: grains, beans, potatoes, dairy, sugar, and added salt.