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Diet Wars

The Truth about all diets

There are so many different popular diets (Banting, Paleo, Atkins, Dukan, Alkaline, South Beach, Mediterranean and so many more).

Each diet has thousands of followers who all have different opinions about which diets results in the best weight loss results over the long term. But what is the real scientific truth?

The science and results from actual clinical trials are clear: Eating a balanced calorie restricted diet is the most healthy way to lose weight permanently.

To place this into perspective one can also look more closely at the various most popular diets


All diets can be classified into two main groups: Balanced Diets and Non Balanced Diets


Non Balanced Diets

Generally Non Balanced Diets include the original Banting Diet (and higher protein intake diets, like Atkins, Dukan, Mediterranean, paleo, and others)

The majority of the unbalanced diets are pro protein and the rest include a gimmick, like fasting or only liquids, etc.

The original high protein, low carb diet is the Banting Diet

The original and first Banting Diet suggests avoiding Bread, butter, milk, sugar, beer and potatoes (This will include cake, chocolate and everything containing any of the said ingredients) The Banting diet gave birth to many other unblanced diets that focus on high protein and low (or no) carbs. These diets usually all resulted in short term weight loss.

Cabbage, Fasting, Blood Group, Soup and other Unbalanced Diets

There are many other examples of unbalanced diets. It is reasonably easy to spot an unbalanced diet as there is a central theme or single “claim to fame” and these diets are usually based on pseudo science or references from numerous people, all stating that they lost this or that amount of weight, on this or that diet.

The simple and unvarnished truth is that some of the unbalanced diets could result in weight loss. When you first start a version of the Banting Diet, you may actually lose a lot of weight. At some point though, there will be no further weight loss and you may even start gaining weight.

The same could  be said for many of the Unbalanced diets, not only are the majority also unhealthy in the short or long term, they are mostly only effective in the short term.  – So although you may lose weight for a while, eventually you will stop losing weight.


 Balanced Diets

Balanced Diets (like some of my diets: Birthday Diet, SuperSlim Diet, The 4 week diet, Low GI diet,  ) generally regulates portion sizes in order to achieve lower calorie consumption than requirement. The most popular balanced diet is the South Beach Diet. There are many thousands of other balanced diets of varying popularity.

General elements of balanced diets
Balanced diet plans include all food groups, (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein dairy) High-calorie proteins, high-fat foods, high-sugar, and high-salt  foods are discouraged, Managing and matching the portion sizes suited to your body and calorie requirements are advised.


Some of the other popular non balanced and balanced diets are:
5:2 diet (Eat 5 days, fast for two days – Unbalanced Diet)
Dukan diet: (The Dukan Diet includes lots of lean protein, elimination of carbohydrates (In the beginning even fruits and veggies) – Unbalanced Diet)
Paleo diet: (High Protein – Unbalanced Diet)
Atkins diets: (There are various versions – High Protein (Meat, Fish, Poultry) whilst restricting all carbohydrate intake to minimums. – Unbalanced Diet)
Alkaline diet: (Avoid Acidic Foods – cutting back on acid-producing foods such as meat, wheat and other grains, refined sugar, dairy products, caffeine, alcohol – Unbalanced Diet)
South Beach diet: (Diet follows the basic principles of healthy eating – Balanced Diet)
Mediterranean Diet: (Eating slowly and socially and includes fish at least twice a week, minimal red meat, uses lots of fresh herbs, spices and olive oil – Unbalanced Diet)

Here follows one of the original versions of the Banting Diet (Unbalanced Diet):

Original Banting Diet:

Beef, mutton, kidneys, broiled fish, bacon or cold meat.

Mid Day Snack
A large cup of tea without milk sugar and half a slice of dry toast

Fish or meat with a green vegetable
Half a slice of dry toast.
One Fruit

Late Afternoon
A fruit with a Cup of tea (no sugar or milk)

Fish or meat
Some red wine (a glass or two)Diet Wars


Always consult your medical doctor prior to starting any diet. To Lose Weight you have to consume fewer calories than your body burns.

All information provided for information & education purposes only. Nothing published on is intended as substitution for medical advice, diagnosis, or for any treatment.