Pritikin Diet

Nathan Pritikin first published this diet in 1979. He felt that a high carbohydrate and low-fat plan was the way to go if you wanted to lose weight. Since the initial publishing, others have advanced his idea and expanded the Pritikin approach to weight loss, which involves planning each meal by the amount of calories per pound of food.

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Pritikin's calorie counting approach to dieting

Pritikin defines what he means by calculating calories per pounds with his calorie chart. Certain foods are very dense in calories, and those are the ones that need to be limited. Low calorie foods, according the Pritikin Diet, include fruits and vegetables. Medium calories foods would be bread, rice and pasta. This takes some careful calculation and planning on your part, but it is possible.

What can you eat on the Pritikin Diet?

The diet claims to lead to steady weight loss and better eating habits. By planning your meals, you definitely learn to watch what you eat. You get a lot of freedom in determining just what you eat, but that can be a problem as well. Since there is no specific plan, people who are lacking in discipline may easily slip up.

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What's this... a high carb diet? My how things have changed since 1979. Pritikin just might be the anti-Atkins. Pritikin is essentially a low calorie, healthy eating approach. The Mediterranean Diet and the Low Fat Diet are modern day diets that emphasize similar principles. Plus these are a bit more structured.

More on these diets below...


Mediterranean Diet

Mediterranean Diet

The Mediterranean is comprised of a large area of land that stretches from western Spain to the Middle East. Structured after traditional lifestyle habits of those in this area, the Mediterranean Diet is ideal for people who like to cook, enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, and are interested in making a permanent lifestyle change. With very few dietary restrictions, followers of the Mediterranean Diet are allowed to eat all the things they enjoy, in moderation. Unlike the customary Western style of quickly eating large portions, the Mediterranean Diet places great emphasis on spending time on preparing and enjoying small, tasty meals. Rather than make drastic lifestyle modifications, this plan teaches people to choose low-fat, low- cholesterol foods that are packed with flavor and will leave them feeling fulfilled. The Mediterranean Diet aims to permanently improve long-term health.

Low Fat Diet

Low Fat Diet

The Low Fat Plan is low in fat and rich in complex carbohydrates. It encourages individuals to get no more than 25-30% of their daily caloric intake from fat and instead substitute complex carbohydrates in order to decrease the calories consumed. The benefits of a low-fat diet include a reduced chance of heart disease and certain cancers, increased energy and brain productivity, and healthy long-term weight maintenance.