Low GI Diets
Did you know there is one thing in common with all the listed popular diets – carbohydrates! Despite the difference in the proportion of fat and protein intake in each diet, the root cause of weight gain is identified as carbohydrates. Simple structured carbs are digested quickly and adversely spike glucose levels. The result is weight gain.
To negate the spike, low and net carb products either lower the carb count by using fiber (net carbs) or have a lower count of carbs in total. By contrast Low Glycemic carbs are complex in structure, taking more time to digest, resulting in a longer, more sustained burn of energy. It’s the quality of the carb that matters, not the quantity.
“Low Glycemic, the mother of all diets.”
Low Carb Diet
A low-carbohydrate diet, also known as carb-restricted diet, is defined as a diet that limits carbohydrate intake with protein and fats as the dominant components on the plate. The difference of low-carb diet to keto diet is that not all low-carb diets will result in ketosis in our body.
The ketogenic diet, or keto diet, compares to low-carb diet, but with significant increases of fat intake, moderate protein consumption and low-to-no carbs in the diet. The continuous practice of keto diet will result in body entering the stage of ketosis, and ketones will be produced through the breakdown process of fats in the liver.
A high-protein diet is a diet focusing on protein as a major contributor to the total daily calories while restricting the intake of carbohydrates. A high protein diet is similar to the previous diets, having great emphasis on low intake of carbohydrates.
The palaeolithic diet, also some may refer as Paleo diet, is a diet reflecting on the dietary intake of those during the Palaeolithic era. The diet is pre-dominantly plant-based with selective protein sources. This diet also focuses on a diet with an incredibly low carbohydrate but high protein intake.