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:

Financial Express

breakthrough may lead to weight loss 'holy grail'
Fox News
For the first time, researchers have identified brown fat in a living human – a find that could lead to development of future weight loss treatments. Using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, researchers from Warwick Medical School, University ...
'Holy Grail' of weight loss? New find could be itWFTV Orlando
Weight loss breakthrough: New way found to observe 'good' fatDelhi Daily News

all 35 news articles »


ABC News

Rosie O'Donnell is down nearly 50 pounds.
ABC News
... loss in a before-and-after photo of herself posted on Twitter this past Thursday. "Almost 50 lbs off -- I can see it now," the 52-year-old "View" alum wrote. O'Donnell recently revealed that she underwent weight-loss surgery a year after she had a ...
Rosie O'Donnell showcases 50-pound weight loss 9 months after bariatric surgeryExaminer.com
50 Pounds Off! Rosie O'Donnell Reveals Big-Time Weight Lossfox8.com
Rosie O'Donnell reveals 50-pound weight lossWDIV Detroit
UPI.com
all 125 news articles »


Salon

Exposure to sunlight in the morning tied to weight loss
Salon
Exposure to sunlight in the morning tied to weight loss. Research suggests it can reduce appetite and body weight -- regardless of one's sleep patterns. Sophie Bushwick, Scientific American. Share · 0 ...



Examiner.com

Dr. Ian Smith's 'Super Shred' diet guarantees 20-pound weight loss in 4 weeks
Examiner.com
In an exclusive interview Thursday, Dr. Smith explained why calorie disruption delivers rapid weight loss, and how his new book, Super Shred: The Big Results Diet, can help you lose 20 pounds in four weeks. "When your body gets the same amount of ...



Examiner.com

Low carb ketogenic diet and a corset are Kim Kardashian's weight-loss secrets
Examiner.com
The measure sounds drastic, but actress Jessica Alba has credited wearing double corsets around the clock for three months for her dramatic post-baby weight loss. "Wearing a corset at night is extremely uncomfortable, but it has a proven track record ...
If Kim Kardashian Is Still Eating On Her 'Extreme' Diet, Is It Really That ...BlissTree
Kim Kardashian's Wedding Diet Secrets Revealed!Wetpaint

all 184 news articles »


CBS News

Weight-loss surgery alters sense of taste and smell, study finds
CBS News
After weight-loss surgery, many patients report changes in appetite, taste and smell, a new study says. One positive aspect of these changes is that they may lead patients to lose even more weight, the researchers suggested. The study included 103 ...
Taste Changes Reported After Weight-Loss SurgeryWebMD
Taste Buds Take a Toll after Weight Loss SurgeryYottaFire
Weight loss surgery changes the way people taste and smell foodState Column
American Live Wire -Health Aim
all 36 news articles »


Hallmark Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery named ...
Wicked Local Reading
The Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery has been accredited as an American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence. Furthermore, the ASMBS and American ...



Before & After Bariatric Surgery: Three Inspirational Weight Loss Stories
Philadelphia Magazine (blog)
... line dancing, Zumba classes, and working out at the gym with her daughter! For more information about weight-loss surgery, sign up for a free Information Session with the Penn Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Program. Read More About: Penn Medicine.

and more »


Shed the Pounds: Medically Supervised Weight Loss
Christian Broadcasting Network
He's talking about the medically supervised weight loss program in which he's participating at Virginia's Bon Secours Weight Loss Institute. Just eight months ago he tipped the scales at a staggering 526 pounds, barely able to squeeze into size 66 jeans.



Set a path as the first step for weight loss
ReporterHerald.com
Jen Amaral-Kunze, counselor and owner of Beyond the Mirror, poses Thursday at her office in Fort Collins, with artwork done by clients at the weight loss counseling office that depict their feelings, success in losing weight and changing concerns about ...


Google News


Advertisement



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

Copyright 2006 Luminati Inc. All rights reserved.