A low glycemic diet is one that is concerned with a food's effect on blood sugar levels. According to WebMD, some popular low glycemic diets include Sugar Busters, the Zone Diet and Nutrisystem.Know More
Developed to help diabetics control their blood sugar levels, the diet assigns a number to carbohydrates -- from 0 to 100 -- according to how much each one raises blood sugar levels. The higher the number, the bigger the effect on blood sugar. The Mayo Clinic states that foods and beverages that are rated 55 and under are ones that have a minor effect on blood sugar, while those rated 70 and over have an extreme effect. Those rated from 56 to 69 have a medium effect. To keep blood sugar steady, it is recommended that the dieter eat carbohydrates from the low and medium list as much as possible.
Although low glycemic diets are used for weight loss, the Mayo Clinic cautions that there is no scientific consensus that it helps people lose weight.Learn more about Diet Plans
Many foods, including avocado, olive oil, nuts and canola oil, are low-protein foods. In a low-protein diet, meals should consist of vegetables, fruits and whole-grain foods accompanied by a small serving of lean meat. There is no universally agreed upon low-protein recipe, because the needs vary from one patient to another.Full Answer >
A low-residue diet limits nuts, whole-grains, raw and dried fruits, vegetables and other high-fiber foods. It is designed to reduce the size and frequency of bowel movements for people suffering medical conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, for some pre- and post-operative patients, and for those going through treatments such as chemotherapy.Full Answer >
To start a low carbohydrate diet, a person should first define the parameters of the diet. Once the diet's expectations are clear, a meal plan and corresponding grocery list can be made to help ensure that someone can stick to the diet.Full Answer >
Evidence suggests that a low-carbohydrate diet can help people lose weight faster and maintain their weight better than a low-fat diet, according to the Harvard School of Public Health. A moderately low-carbohydrate diet with protein and fat selections from healthy sources is good for the heart.Full Answer >