Yes, there are plenty of diets. And they might work for you, at least initially. But they don’t usually work long term.
Most diets are not backed by science, and the majority simply don’t work. Humans have been trying to lose weight for over 100 years. We have more gym memberships, more Americans attend workout sessions, more of us are on diets, and yet, we are fatter than we have ever been.
The C3 Diet tries to correct many of the mistakes that other diets have come up with and provide a simpler, easier diet for you to follow that is always up to date and current.
We have spent many years researching nearly every diet plan that’s ever been tried. Low fat, high protein, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, NutriSystem, Seattle Sutton, Hallelujah diet, liquid diets, starvation diets, fruit only diets, Zone Diet, Paleo, Keto, and nearly all the rest. They can all work in a certain type of person. But those types of people are rare. Most of the time these diets work for a short time when you first start them, then fail miserably. That’s why we are still getting fatter an fatter.
The reason people see initial success when they start any other diet, is because they cut down their calories significantly, and part of that is cutting out a significant number of carbs. When you eliminate a large portion of carbs, you will lose weight.
This works for a little while, until your body figures it out, and goes back to storing fat again and you put your weight back on. Your body fights back!
That’s the problem with most diets.
Nearly all diet plans break down into one of the below types.
Low Fat Diets
This is the main reason why we are obese. The FDA and American Heart Association has being touting this type of diet since the 1950s. This is the cause of all of our current problems. Americans thought that if they switched to “low fat” that they wouldn’t get fat. Wrong! It wasn’t until Dr. Atkins came along in the late 80s and early 90s that we finally understood why this diet does not work and why it has made us all fatter.
Low fat diets were the craze in the early 60s through the 80s and 90s. Manufacturers could slap the words “low fat” on nearly anything and sell it quickly. Unfortunately, “low fat” often times meant “high sugar”. They added tons of sugar to make things taste better. Low fat diets just don’t work. You are increasing carbohydrate intake, which instantly signals your body to slow down metabolism an store fat. Yes, Americans got fatter and fatter on these low fat diets. Even when total calories consumed decreased. Your boy slowed own metabolism an stored more fat. These iets just don’t work.
Low Carb and High Protein Diets
The Atkins and South Beach diets are types of low carbohydrate and high protein diets. These work. And work very well. These caught on in the 1990s with Atkins and then in the early 2000s, South Beach came along and took over the reigns. Atkins was first to market in his research and publications in the late 1970s and through the 1980s. Atkins discovered that eating only fat and protein, while avoiding carbohydrates caused a significant amount of weight loss, very quickly. You could eat all the fat and protein you want, and lose tons of weight. Then the South Beach Diet came along in 2003, aiming to differentiate between bad fat and good fat and bad carbs and good carbs. Both diets have tons of followers and work very well. Today, these diets are called Ketogenic, or Keto for short, type diets because they induce ketosis. Your body becomes a fat burning machine.
These diets are easy to follow and are the closest to the C3 Diet. Atkins is a 4 stage diet, while South Beach is a 3 stage diet. The C3 Diet is a 2 stage diet. If you have one of these books and want to follow Atkins or South Beach, we can’t fault you for that and would encourage you to do so. However, the C3 Diet offers more long term stability, brings our knowledge level up to date, and incorporates the latest research on nutrition, metabolism, and weight loss. We also incorporate a lot of proven theories and concepts from other diets. It’s a more comprehensive approach and won’t pin you into a corner of just eating meat. Plus, you don’t have to buy a book or subscribe to a website. We are entirely free!
Provided Food Diets
Seattle Sutton, Jenny Craig, and Nutrisystem all have you pay a monthly fee, and they provide you all your meals. But it doesn’t work. All of the long term research studies on commercial weight loss plans have shown no weight loss. Initially, patients will lose some weight. Mainly, because you are getting far less calories than usual, especially carbohydrates. But your body ultimately adjusts and you gain your weight back. These diets can get expensive and they will not work long term. The other issue is that you will be eating frozen meals every day and can’t use foods you like. Can you do these forever? Probably not. But it’s a good way to learn about portion control and self-awareness of metabolic requirements. If you can afford these types of diets, feel free to use them temporarily to get to a certain goal. But once the weight starts coming back up, it’s time to switch. Just remember they won’t work long term. The biggest problem is you will always feel hungry and always feel like you are starving yourself.
Portion Control Diets
Weight Watchers and the Zone Diet as well as a few others, all aim to teach you portion control. Research on these commercially available diets shows no long term weight loss, because they don’t have the proper equation. People like these diets because you can make your own food and you can eat any food you want, but you must count calories or assign points to each meal. Ultimately you will learn portion control and learn to eat correctly. The Zone Diet aims at teaching portion control by having you divide up your plate into thirds. One third is lean meat, two thirds is fruits and vegetables. The Zone Diet aims to keep you in the “zone” by not having a huge insulin surge after a meal. Which is a concept that we teach as well with the C3 Diet. These diets work initially, but ultimately fail when your body adjusts. You will have to count calories and measure everything out, so it can be tedious. The C3 Diet does incorporate many of the useful concepts from both of these diets, but you don’t have to count calories or use a calculator. Many of our patients will start out on these diets, then switch to C3 once they stop working. These two diets will also leave you starving and always feeling hungry, which ultimately will set you up to fail.
The Mediterranean Diet usually focuses on fruits, vegetables, olive oil, legumes, beans, fish, cheese, limited amounts of whole grains, and nuts. It takes the focus off red meat. If meat was incorporated into this diet, it’d be fish, lamb, and chicken. But the diet is not meat-centric. Protein is attained from a lot of other sources. A lot of research has been done on the Mediterranean diet and it’s been proven to lower mortality and reduce the incidence of about 10 different cancers. A lot of the benefits and advantages of the Mediterranean diet are incorporated into the C3 Diet but in a more current and usable format. While the Mediterranean diet reduces cardiovascular mortality, reduces the incidence of some cancers, it’s not a “weight loss” diet. It’s a great healthy, wholesome, lifestyle change, but it is not designed to cause weight loss. We incorporate many of these healthy, wholesome concepts into our diet, but take out the parts that make it hard to lose weight. The biggest problem is that whole grains still cause weight gain and should not be use in a weight losing phase. Once you have lost weight and gotten to your goal, you can add back small amounts of whole grain. That’s what the C3 Diet aims to do!
Hallelujah, Paleo, Caveman, or God Diet
The concept is easy: if God didn’t make it, don’t eat it. Avoid all processed foods and baked goods. Eat raw fruits, vegetables, and other Godly creations. It’s a raw food diet that only cavemen had access to and ate. This diet is slightly healthier than processed food diets, but it does not lead to weight loss. Most patients that are on this diet, stay the same weight, or gain weight. Fortunately, there are more foods available now than were available when God first created mankind, so what do you do with all the new foods? Some of them do lead to weight loss. Can’t we eat those? The C3 Diet combines a lot of the advantages of this type of diet and provides more useful information that you can apply to all foods.
Avoid white bread, white flour, white sugar, white pasta, white potatoes, and other white substances. Easy enough. But unfortunately, there is more to dieting than avoiding certain colors. However, if you do this and avoid all carbohydrates, you will lose weight. The C3 Diet incorporates a lot of the same research an techniques.
These diets have been around for a while and are based on the concept of eating a lot of natural antioxidants; fruits and nuts. The C3 Diet incorporates a lot of current research and information on antioxidants and weight loss and is more comprehensive. Eating too many fruits and nuts will cause weight gain. So, that defeats the purpose, but it is healthy to eat fruits and nuts. This may be good for increasing the number of antioxidants you eat, but no research has ever proven that that would be helpful or reduce mortality. The Mediterranean diet incorporates a lot of raw fruits an green vegetables and would be similar in that regard.
Avoid white sugar filled products (see above), soft drinks, high fructose corn syrup, sugar in coffee, avoid bread, pasta, potatoes, etc. Essentially, ends up being a low carbohydrate diet, which will work. But there are lots of carbohydrates that are not technically “table sugar”, which will cause weight gain like sweet potatoes, white potatoes, corn, carrots, peas. So, if you avoid sugar, but eat sweet potatoes, you will still gain weight. So it makes it hard to follow and actually lose weight. We incorporate the parts of this that work into our diet.
The C3 Diet
The C3 Diet combines the best elements of all of the above diets and puts them into a short concise, easy to follow diet plan that is always current. It doesn’t even feel like you are dieting. We’ve seen a lot of people use various diets and have various amounts of success with certain aspects of each of the above diets. The C3 Diet tries to combine all the advantages of the above plans and make it easy to follow, make it fun, and make it simple. You can eat as much as you want, never feel hungry, and still lose weight.
Keep reading to find out what the C3 Diet is all about. Feel free to join our discussion forums to discuss dieting with others in our knowledgeable community. The C3 Diet is based on the most up to date research and is based on what we know today about metabolism, weight loss, digestion, and nutrition. The C3 Diet is very current, and will always be current. The C3 Diet is always being updated with the latest research. And it’s…