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Ketogenic Diet - Paleo Diet - Scarsdale Diet - Atkins Diet - Secrets

Author Zizzur Staff. Published on May 29, 2011 - 10:44 pm (11024 views — 2099 words)

I've struggled with my weight my whole life and have tried pretty much every low carb diet there is and would always get frustrated because it's so hard to order at a restaurant, especially fast food because everything has carbs! A few years ago as an answer to the Atkins craze almost every fast food chain got on board and started offering things like "low carb burgers" where they would make the burger specifically for low carb dieters. They would substitute pieces of lettuce in place of the bun so that you would still have something to hold on to while you ate the burger.

This fad only lasted a month or two and they stopped advertising it. A few months ago I went on the Paleo or Paleolithic diet and since they weren't advertising the low carb burgers anymore, I was embarrassed to order it that way because I thought they would look at me funny and not know what to do. So I would just order them regular and remove the bun myself. This proved to be very messy because you have to hold the burger patty with your bare hands and usually there would also be ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise all over it.

Currently I'm doing the Scarsdale diet and on a whim I just decided to try ordering a burger with no bun at Hardees the other day and much to my surprise no one looked at me funny, they knew exactly what to do. They gave me the burger with pieces of lettuce on the outside the the rest of the cheese, mayo, etc. on the inside. So I started trying this at other fast food places and got similar results at each one. They're not all as good as hardees. Many of them don't go the extra mile to put lettuce on the outside but none of them looked at me funny when I order a burger with no bun, and all of them seem to have a set process that their employees follow when someone orders a burger this way. This is great news for low carbers!

Here is a listing of each restaurant and the results I found at each one.

You will get the burger in a plastic container with two pieces of lettuce. If you are lucky you will be able to use the lettuce to pick up the burger, but don't count on it. Ask for a knife and fork to go with it. Hamburgers have zero carbs, but some of the condiments have carbohydrate. Processed cheese, tomato slices, and onion have about a gram of carb each. For ketchup or Big Mac sauce, add 2

Burger King:
You will get the burger in a plastic container with most of the condiments. As with many other places, mayo seems to be considered a condiment for the bun, not the burger, and you won't get it unless you ask for it. Because Burger King doesn't give any lettuce, you may have to ask for a knife and fork to go with it. Hamburgers have zero carbs, but some of the condiments have carbohydrate. Other than saying that the ketchup has 3 grams of carbohydrate and the mayonnaise zero, BK does not give information about the condiments.

Wendy's is hit or miss on giving you lettuce when you order a burger with no bun. Sometimes they do sometime they don't. Like other places they give you the burger in the plastic container. The burger itself does not contain carbohydrate, so any carbs will come from the condiments. American cheese slices, tomato, and onion each have one gram of carbohydrate. Sadly, the "mayonnaise" that Wendy's uses has corn syrup and modified starch in it, so that a teaspoon contains a gram of carbohydrate. You won't get mayo unless you ask for it, as it seems to be a condiment for the bun rather than the burger (a common practice). At Wendy's, ketchup adds 2 grams of carbohydrate, and honey mustard sauce 3 grams.

This one is still my favorite. I didn't realize it before but they actually still do tout a "low carb option". The Monster Burger with no bun is amazing! They don't give much information about the carbs in each condiment but the Low Carb Monster burger has about 10 carbs if you count the cheese, mayo, meat, etc.

Common Questions

What is Paleo (Paleylithic) Diet?
Also known as the caveman diet, Stone Age diet and hunter-gatherer diet, is a diet based on the presumed ancient diet of wild plants and animals that various human species routinely consumed during the Paleolithic eraa period of about 2.5 million years duration that ended around 10,000 years ago with the development of agriculture. In common usage, such terms as the "Paleolithic diet" also refer to the actual ancestral human diet. Centered on commonly available modern foods, the "contemporary" Paleolithic diet consists mainly of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts, and excludes grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils.

First popularized in the mid 1970s by gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin, this nutritional concept has been promoted and adapted by a number of authors and researchers in several books and academic journals. A common theme in evolutionary medicine, Paleolithic nutrition is based on the premise that modern humans are genetically adapted to the diet of their Paleolithic ancestors and that human genetics have scarcely changed since the dawn of agriculture, and therefore that an ideal diet for human health and well-being is one that resembles this ancestral diet. Proponents of this diet argue that modern human populations subsisting on traditional diets allegedly similar to those of Paleolithic hunter-gatherers are largely free of diseases of affluence, and that two small prospective studies of the Paleolithic diet in humans have shown some positive health outcomes. Supporters point to several potentially therapeutic nutritional characteristics of allegedly preagricultural diets.

This dietary approach is a controversial topic amongst nutritionists and anthropologists, and an article on the National Health Service of England Choices website suggests that it may be a fad diet. Critics have argued that if hunter gatherer societies failed to suffer from "diseases of civilization", this was due to a lack of calories in their diet, or a variety of other factors, rather than because of some special diet composition. Some researchers have taken issue with the accuracy of the diet's underlying evolutionary logic, and have disputed certain dietary recommendations and restrictions on the grounds that they provide no health benefits or pose health risks and are not likely to accurately reflect the features of ancient Paleolithic diets.It has also been argued that extreme versions of the diet are not a realistic alternative for everyone.

What is Scarsdale Diet?
The Doctor claims that the Scarsdale Diet has unbelievable results and allows you to keep the weight off permanently.

The Scarsdale Diet is a two week low fat/low carbohydrate and high protein diet and is one of the most popular weight loss programs in the world. It is considered more healthy than the Atkins Diet, because it includes some complex carbohydrates such as bread and fruits. The diet contains five 14-day menu plans and a lifetime keep slim program.

The central basis of the diet consists of eliminating most carbohydrates and limiting your consumption of others. The carbohydrates that are allowed on the Scarsdale menu are in limited quantities and are carbohydrates consisting mainly of natural whole grains. The diet requires limited fats.

The Scarsdale Medical Diet follows a schedule of two weeks followed by a period of not following the diet plan. This cyclical nature of the Scarsdale Diet is said to optimize your results and to prevent your body from adapting to the diet plan.

The Scarsdale Diet is a weight loss plan for adults who have no special dietary needs or problems and clearly outlines the type of foods to be eaten each day. Snacking while on the diet is not allowed and herbal appetite suppressants such as Hoodia are encouraged. Meals consist of fruit, vegetables, and lean sources of protein in large amounts. You can not drink any alcoholic beverages on the diet and between meals you can eat only things such as carrots and celery but you may have as much as you like. The only beverages allowed on the Scarsdale Diet plan are water, coffee, tea, club soda, and diet sodas. While this may sound like a harsh regimen there are actually a lot of great tasting low carb Scarsdale Diet recipes available that will make your dieting experience so much easier and more pleasurable.

What is Atkins Diet?
The Atkins Diet Plan also known as the Ketogenic diet is a popular and effective weight loss program that was introduced by Dr. Robert C. Atkins in the year 1960. The diet program was initially scrutinized by many due to its controversial dietary intake.

The Atkins Diet Plan allows its user to lose weight without getting hungry, which is why more people with weight problems prefer this program. Dr. Atkins designed the Atkins diet based on the learning that insulin, hormones produced by refined carbohydrates and high sugar diet, is the culprit for why the body stores calories as fats. Given this, users of Atkins are strictly prohibited from eating carbohydrate rich food. Having identified which type of food is harmful for a weight loss diet gave Dr. Atkins the opportunity to identify which foods are helpful and effective in losing weight.

Exploiting the use of low carbohydrates diet Dr. Atkins has formulated a healthy diet program that is both effective and appetizing for people trying to lose weight. People with weight problems no longer need to starve and suffer emotional stress trying to fight the urge to eat, the Atkins Diet Plan aims to let its user get the beautiful body they need by eating well and eating right.

A Low carbohydrate diet is an essential part of weight loss programs such as the Atkins Diet Plan. This is because low carbohydrates food eliminate the risk of increasing body insulin, which triggers the body, to store calories as fats. Low carb foods are also often rich in fats, protein and fiber that are often used to replace the body's need for carbohydrates. Aside from helping resolve weight problem this diet is also proven to be useful for people with high cholesterol and heart disease.

The Atkins Diet Plan is divided into four phases. Each phase has a different kind of food list promoting the low carb diet. The initial phase is the induction where carbohydrates intake is limited to 20 grams. Protein foods such as eggs, meat and seafood are recommended during the induction phase. Eating vegetables is also encouraged. At least 15 grams of carbohydrates are expected to come from vegetable intake. Maximum of 4 ounces of cheese per day is also advised during Atkins initial phase. However, any form of fresh cheese is not permitted.

Fats and oils play a major role in an Atkins diet. It is essential that during the 4 phases of the diet to take natural fats from natural resources such as foods containing omega-3 fatty acids (if pregnant, it is best to consult your doctor first), virgin/extra virgin olive oil, peanut, regular full-fat mayonnaise, and canola. Drinking at least 8 ounces of water a day is also recommended. Drinking water can help you get through between meals.
The next phase is On Going Weight Loss. During this phase Atkins diet program recommends increasing the amount of carbohydrate intake into the diet. More vegetables and salads are introduced during this phase. Cheese including fresh ones is also acceptable during this stage. Beans, whole grains, and wider variety of fruits are also recommended.

The third phase is called Pre-Maintenance. Weight loss is expected to be slower during this phase. Daily carb diet is increased at least 10 grams per day until the weight loss progress dramatically drops. Starchy vegetables such as carrots, beets, parsnips, and plantain are recommended. Beans such as kidney beans, pinto beans, and chickpeas are also okay during this phase. Grains like rice, barley and pasta can be introduced during this Pre-Maintenance stage. Wide variety of fruits can also be included as a part of the gradual increase in carb diet.

The fourth phase is called Maintenance. This phase is the continuation of phase 3. During this phase the user of the Atkins diet is more familiar with the effect each food has on the body so they are able to balance the combinations for their particular body.