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The Atkins Diet Plan Vs The Dean Ornish Diet

Which is Better the Atkins Diet Plan or the Dean Ornish Diet?

The Atkins Diet plan and the Dean Ornish diet are both established and popular diet plans. Both are written by doctors and have many successful followers but thats where the similarity pretty much ends.

Dean Ornish Diet

Dr.Dean Ornish developed for his diet for heart patients he was treating. He claims his diet can reverse heart disease when combined with the lifestyle changes he suggests. The diet is a low fat all vegetarian diet. The diet is not totally vegan as he does allow for limited amounts of low fat dairy and egg whites. Less than 10% of your calories should come from fat, 20% protein and 70% carbs. He also includes plans for stress reduction using exercise and meditation.

Atkins Diet Plan

The Atkins diet is largely responsible for triggering the low carb craze. The diet is popular because it is not as restrictive as many diets. The diet calls for the elimination of refined carbohydrates, sugar, white flour, trans fats and junk foods. Some carbs are allowed as well as good fats but the diet is largely protein based. The increase in protein over the Ornish Diet is good for dieters that enjoy eating meat. The amount of carbs you can eat is established throughout the 4 phases. By phase four you will have figured out what percent of carbs you can eat without gaining weight.

So which is diet is the best? Well the answer is it depends. If you can stick to a very strict low fat diet, I believe the Dean Ornish diet is the best for your over all health. Unfortunately very few people can live on vegetarian based diet plan. For those people the Atkins diet plan is a better choice. A diet is only good if you can stay on it and still enjoy life.

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