Weighing The Diets

There's a system for every taste, lifestyle and level of willpower. Here's a pound watcher's guide to some of the most popular

LOW CARBOHYDRATE

NAME ATKINS DIET

PHILOSOPHY Cut out the carbs (no more than 20g a day, or what's found in one corn muffin) so you burn off your stored fat

MANIFESTO Sequel to the 1972 best seller, Atkins' latest has 6 million copies in print

SAMPLE MENU BREAKFAST Scrambled eggs and bacon, decaf coffee or tea (but no o.j.)

LUNCH Bacon cheeseburger, no bun, no fries, small salad

DINNER Shrimp cocktail, clear consomme, steak, salad with dressing, sugarless Jell-O with whipped, artificially sweetened heavy cream

RISKS Loss of vitamin B, calcium and potassium, owing to lack of carbs. Also risk of...

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