Low-Carb Diets - An Introduction

Written by Priya Shah

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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 intorepparttar 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'srepparttar 131429 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 keeprepparttar 131430 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 forrepparttar 131431 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 ofrepparttar 131432 pea or bean family, are also in this category.

Which Is Best?

While studies like one fromrepparttar 131433 University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in January of 2004 show that low-carb diets can help with weight loss;repparttar 131434 carbs need to be ofrepparttar 131435 complex, low-glycemic type.

However, it is not necessary to totally avoidrepparttar 131436 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 withoutrepparttar 131437 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 http://www.glutathione-report.com and the webmaster of http://www.1whey2health.com 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" at http://www.natural-weight-loss-tips.com/low-carb/

Amended Bitter Orange - Ephedra in disguise ?

Written by Jenny Mathers

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2004 was not a great year for bitter orange inrepparttar media. The extract has successfully battled reports of adverse events alleged to be a result of consuming bitter orange or citrus aurantium. These numbers proved to be incorrect.

While synephrinerepparttar 131427 main alkaloid of bitter orange or citrus aurantium extract, is chemically similar to ephedrine, it is notrepparttar 131428 same as ephedrine and differs inrepparttar 131429 way it reacts pharmacologically withinrepparttar 131430 human body.

Although at first look atrepparttar 131431 research, bitter orange or citrus aurantium presented with dangers that I wanted to warn against, a more in-depth look has revealed that bitter orange by itself is not dangerous. The citrus aurantium extract standardized for synephrine (3-6%) is accepted as safe[7].

But hang on, before you click off this page, to go and find a fat burner with citrus aurantium in it, I do also want to say, that they can't be used as an alternative to good food and exercise.

Herbal supplements such as those containing bitter orange can be helpful but only when used within a weight loss strategy of balanced eating and exercise, and while they may benefit some, it may not benefit others and only your doctor will be able to make that decision for you[6]. The results may be slower, but a balanced diet and exercise arerepparttar 131432 keys to permanent and healthy weight loss. So while bitter orange may be helpful, you can obtainrepparttar 131433 same results without it. What-ever stage you are at with your health and fitness, diet and exercise arerepparttar 131434 two most important aspects.

If you do decide you'd like to try a supplement containing bitter orange, please consult your doctor before purchasing a bitter orange or citrus aurantium product.

Essentially if you consult your doctor about bitter orange, as we say in Australia - you can't go wrong, mate. Your doctor will be able to refer you to your nearest dietician and will recommendrepparttar 131435 best weight loss strategy for your situation.


[1]Jones, D., "Bitter Orange or Citrus Aurantium: same difference ?"

[2]Colker et. al., (1999) Effects of Citrus Aurantium extract, caffeine, and St. John's Wort on body fat loss, lipid levels, and mood states in overweight healthy adults. Curr. Ther. Res. 60, 145 - 153.

[3]American Herbal Products (2004) "FDA Spins Numbers on Bitter Orange AERs" Press Release

[4]Nykamp DL, Fackih MN, Compton AL. Possible association of acute lateral-wall myocardial infarction and bitter orange supplement. Ann Pharmacother. 2004 May;38(5):812-6. Epub 2004 Mar 16.

[5]Definition of Alkaloids - any of hundreds of compounds found in plants with a nitrogen atom connected to two carbon atoms, and often formed in a ring structure. Many commonly known chemicals and drugs are alkaloids, including nicotine, cocaine, quinine, morphine, and ephedrine.

[6]Dharmananda, S., SYNEPHRINE:Is Chih-shih (Zhishi) Toxic? Institute for Traditional Medicine, Portland, Oregon. Seerepparttar 131436 schematic diagram for synephrine atrepparttar 131437 bottom ofrepparttar 131438 page.

[7]Supplement Watch on Synephrine

Other Sites of Interest:

Supplement Watch Newsletter

Copyright 2004 Jenny Mathers All Rights Reserved. This article representsrepparttar 131439 opinion ofrepparttar 131440 author only. This information is for educational purposes only and should not be taken as a replacement for medical advise. Please see your doctor before changing your diet, or trying a new supplement.

Research resource for fat burning foods and supplements. Fat burning food research information allowing you to take the guess work out of fat burning.

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