The Atkins Diet requires that followers severely limit all carbohydrates, even fruits
and vegetables. Beyond Diet also believes eating an excessive amount of carbohydrates
is often the cause of weight gain and health problems, but it does not restrict
the consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables and certain grains; Beyond Diet
believes that individuals can decrease their weight and increase their health while
still consuming these specific carbohydrates.
The Zone Diet tells its followers to eat more fruits and vegetables, and less grains,
breads and pasta; eat small portions of low-fat protein at every meal/snack; eat
smaller meals more frequently; and drink eight glasses of water every day. While
Beyond Diet agrees with almost all of these principles – however, some people actually
feel better when they eat higher fat proteins (as opposed to the low-fat proteins
recommended by the Zone). In addition, Beyond Diet does not recommend the many Zone
products that contain soy protein and corn syrup.
The South Beach Diet recommends having healthy protein sources at every meal and
greatly limiting the number of complex carbohydrates consumed. Beyond Diet does
the same, highlighting the importance of protein and the difference between healthy
and unhealthy carbs. Beyond Diet differs from the South Beach Diet in that it does
not endorse the use of artificial sweeteners, and it does not recommend the many
South Beach products that contain soy, corn syrup and palm kernel oil.
The Rice Diet Solution
The Rice Diet Solution teaches its readers to follow a very low-calorie, low-sodium,
low-fat, low-sugar, low-protein, high-complex carbohydrate, whole-foods diet. Beyond
Diet completely disagrees with this quick, extreme approach to weight loss, believe
instead that a lifestyle plan can more realistically be maintained for the long
haul. In addition, Beyond Diet disagrees with the notion of a low-fat and low-sodium
diet, because certain fats and the right kind of salt are necessary for a healthy
Kathy Freston Detox
Kathy Freston’s Quantum Wellness is a completely Vegan approach to weight loss;
this means doing away with all animal foods (meats, poultry, eggs, fish). This plan
gained popularity when Oprah followed Freston’s 21-day detox plan – Beyond Diet
agrees that a detox period can be beneficial to any person, but it is not a realistic
approach to a healthy lifestyle. Instead, Beyond Diet teaches people how to eat
healthy (and therefore achieve and maintain a healthy weight) for the long haul.
As with the Zone and South Beach Diets, Beyond Diet does not agree with Freston’s
promotion of soy and soy products.