Saturday, 9 July 2011

The X-Factor Diet

Well, it seems that people who cannot come up with an original idea, can at
least think of a trendy name containing the eye-catching and product selling
letter “X” and maybe even a reference to the popular X-Files series. I know that
the X-Files series is now ancient history, but so are the glory days of the
Atkins diet and of many other low carbs diets. However, this doesn’t mean that
low-carbs diets have stopped working. You just have to be very careful when
choosing one, because you might end up depriving yourself of vital minerals or
So, what else is it to this X-Factor Diet beside the rather out of place use of
the letter X? Well, not much. The same old idea that cutting off the carbs will
help bring blood sugar levels under control and reduce the amount of insulin
released into the cardiovascular system. This will, of course, prompt the body
to start burning up the energy stored as fat in order to make up for the
difference in energy levels. By controlling insulin levels, the user can prevent
or even treat the condition known as Syndrome X (hence the book title) or
insulin resistance, which diminishes the effect of insulin on fat and promotes
The diet features two programs to choose from, depending on how much fat you’re
planning to shed, but both of them are basically the same low-carbs,
high-protein diet. The biggest difference between the X-Factor and Atkins is the
fact that X-Factor avoids the fried foods and butter promoted by Atkins and
focuses instead on healthier fats obtained from lean meat, chicken, eggs and
fish. Bread, pasta, wholegrains, rice, beans and most fruit and vegetables are
out. However, the Insulin Balance eating plan allows a bit more vegetables and
fruits than the Ketogenics plan.
Following the stricter plan women can expect to shed between 4 and 12 pounds in
the first two weeks, followed by 1 to 2 pounds later on. Men are likely to lose
between 8 and 16 pounds during the first phase of the diet. Overall, this diet
is a little better than the Atkins diet, but still not very healthy for users.
Healthy eating requires you to split the intake of calories between carbs (50
percent), fat (35 percent) and protein (15 percent). A diet that replaces carbs
with proteins is likely to mean trouble later on, especially since no studies
have managed to prove that low-carbs diets are better than low-calorie diets.


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