Bookmark Website  | Free Registration  | The Team
The Lounge  | Champions  | The Wire |  Schedule |  Audio  |  Arcade  |  The Top Ten  |  Historical  |  Email  |  Video

Low-Carb Diets - An Introduction


According to a recent survey by the National Health Institute, about a third of overweight Americans who are trying to lose weight, are doing so by eating less carbohydrates (carbs) largely because of the increased popularity of fad diets like Atkins Diet and the South Beach Diet.

Who Invented Low-Carb Diets?

The term "low-carb" was coined around 1992 when the USDA recommended that Americans include six to eleven servings daily of grains and starches in their diet.

In fact, low-carb dieting dates back more than 100 years to 1864, before the trendy Atkins diet, when a pamphlet titled "Letter on Corpulence" was written by William Banting. This was as close to the first commercial low-carb diet as you could get.

Banting's diet eventually fell out of favor, but low-carb diets began appearing again in the 20th century. The most famous of these are the Atkins and Scarsdale diets that came to popularity in the 1970s.

While Scarsdale has a set 14-day meal plan that must be followed and greatly restricts calories, the Atkins diet allows for unlimited calorie consumption as long as those calories are from protein, fat and vegetables and carbohydrate intake is kept low.

Atkins and Scarsdale fell out of favor in the 1980's when the USDA encouraged the consumption of grains and grain products.

It was only in the 1990's that we began to see a return to low-carb dieting that seems to be more than a fad. Low-carb is now a lifestyle!

As more and more people realize the weight loss and other health benefits that are available to people who eat low-carb, the number of diets and stores that sell specialty low-carb products continue to rise.

In a nutshell, most low-carb diets carry the same basic premise: that too much of simple, refined carbohydrates leads to over overproduction of insulin, which leads to the storage of too much fat in the body. This fat storage is especially prominent around the middle.

While there are degrees of difference among the many diets, they all agree on the negative effects that excess insulin production have on our systems.

While it might be great to lower the body's sugar content and be healthier, wouldn't it be great to learn how to do so while being part of this fast-paced world?

People want and need simpler solutions. And they need simpler dieting plans.

Forget spending mega bucks on gourmet, hard-to-find items. Forget spending hours just to prepare meals. And forget counting, measuring, and weighing ingredients.

Either a low-carb plan fit into real-world lives, or it doesn't. So how do low-carb diets fit into the real world today?

Low Carb, Slow Carb

In a nutshell, there are two kinds of carbohydrates, simple and complex. Some refer to them as bad and good carbs, fast and slow digestion carbs and other possibly confusing lingo. Here's the scoop.

Simple Carbs

Foods with simple or refined carbohydrates most often have a low nutrient content and a high-glycemic index. They are quick to digest and can cause blood sugar to soar then fall dramatically within a short span of time.

In order to keep the body running more healthy and stable, health advisors recommend that these type foods be limited.

Examples of these simple carbs are white bread, potatoes, bananas, and sugary treats like cookies, candy, cupcakes and cakes, and soda beverages like popular cola products.

Complex Carbs

Foods with complex carbohydrates contain many nutrients and have a low- to moderate-glycemic index.

Higher fiber content in these foods means slower digestion, which is healthier for the body. And these foods are considered good choices by health advisors.

Examples of these complex carbs are whole grains, most fruits and vegetables. Legumes, plants of the pea or bean family, are also in this category.

Which Is Best?

While studies like one from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in January of 2004 show that low-carb diets can help with weight loss; the carbs need to be of the complex, low-glycemic type.

However, it is not necessary to totally avoid the simple carbs. A treat now and then, in moderation (and approved per your dietary advisor or in accordance with your health practitioner), should be fine.

As a side note, your teeth will also be healthier without the build up of sugar decay from simple carb foods. So healthier smiles will shine with healthier bodies.

--------------
Priya Shah is the Editor of The Glutathione Report and the webmaster of Glutathione - Your Whey To Health
Read our online report on Low-Carb Dieting Secrets and get a Free Booklet titled "Low Carb Recipes and Food Ideas People On The Go"
-----------------------


MORE RESOURCES:

Why Aren't Rx Weight-Loss Drugs More in Demand?
WebMD
Doctors are more likely to advise obese patients to eat less and move more or, at the other end of the spectrum, refer them for weight-loss surgery than prescribe medication, he says. Smith is the founding scientific director of the Translational ...



BostInno (blog)

Join This Weight Loss Challenge For a Smaller Waist & Potentially Thicker Wallet
BostInno (blog)
As the summer days come to a close, it's time to pack up the bathing suits and sunscreen and replace them with sweaters. But instead of packing on the pounds along with the layers, start off the new season with a weight loss challenge hosted by a brand ...



Local woman shares weight loss success story in national magazine
WCYB
Cindy Kern opens up the magazine and reads, "The key to Cindy Kern's 118-pound weight loss success: a treadmill, a diet detox and believing in herself." In 2007, at her heaviest, Kern weighed 265 pounds. She got ill when she was pregnant, and knew ...



New York Daily News

Weight loss has powerful effects on brain function: study
New York Daily News
Losing weight may be as good for your brain as it is for your body. Weight-loss surgery can reverse body fat's negative effects on the brain, according to new research in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. It's well established that ...
Bariatric Surgery Also Linked to Brain Benefits, Not Just Weight LossScience World Report
Weight loss after bariatric surgery linked to brain benefitsHealio
WASTE WATCH: Weight Loss Waste?WZTV
NHS Choices -Telegraph.co.uk -University Herald
all 24 news articles »


USA TODAY

Study turns tables on value of breakfast, weight loss
USA TODAY
"Our simple question was (when it comes to weight loss), does it help to eat breakfast? And the answer seems to be probably not," says David Allison, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Nutrition Obesity Research Center and senior ...
Breakfast may not be necessary to acheive weight loss goalsModVive
Breakfast Not Important and Fine to Skip for Weight LossViral Global News
Eating Breakfast Has Little Effect On Weight Loss, Study FindsHeadlines & Global News

all 103 news articles »


Army uses holistic approach to weight loss
DVIDS
FORT HOOD, Texas - In today's culture of miracle remedies for weight loss, it may seem a bit overwhelming for a person struggling to lose a few extra pounds to navigate through the multitude of possible solutions, this is where the staff of the Soldier ...



New Yoga, group sessions offered at Ideal Weight Loss in Pembroke
Wicked Local Cape Cod
Now operating out of a new location in the industrial complex just off the highway, Pembroke's Ideal Weight Loss Center is expanding to offer new, affordable programs including yoga classes open to the public. email · print. By Shannon Gallagher.

and more »


WPTZ The Champlain Valley

Getting past a weight-loss plateau
WPTZ The Champlain Valley
Before you get too discouraged, you should know that it's normal for weight loss to slow and even stall. By understanding what causes a weight-loss plateau, you can decide how to respond and avoid backsliding on your healthy-eating and exercise habits.



Weight loss program has success in Mullens
Independentherald.com
The Mullens Opportunity Center partnered with the American Heart Association to offer this special weight-loss program to anyone who wished to participate. This year, thirty-six people signed up for the three-month program and many had amazing results.



Barrington Martial Arts hosts 8-week weight loss challenge
Suburban Life Publications
Barrington Martial Arts hosts 8-week weight loss challenge. Published: Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 10:39 a.m. CDT. By Suburban Life Media. BARRINGTON – A fun, fitness challenge will return to Barrington Martial Arts, 123 Barrington Commons, Sept.

and more »

Google News


Advertisement



Section Site Map - Submit News - Feedback - Comments - Advertise with Us

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.