Common Sense About Low Carb Diets

Written by Paul Buckley

Copyright 2005 Ardmore Internet Marketing, Inc.

With all ofrepparttar conflicting studies and fuzzy interpretation of information, it's no wonder that confusion reigns when it comes torepparttar 145726 value and safety of low-carb diets. It seems like heated debates are raging everywhere!

Whether it's Atkins,repparttar 145727 South Beach or some other low-carb plan, as many as 30 million Americans are following a low-carb diet.

Advocates contend thatrepparttar 145728 high amount of carbohydrates in our diet has led to increasing problems with obesity, diabetes, and other health problems. Critics, onrepparttar 145729 other hand, attribute obesity and related health problems to over-consumption of calories from any source, and lack of physical activity. Critics also express concern thatrepparttar 145730 lack of grains, fruits, and vegetables in low-carbohydrate diets may lead to deficiencies of some key nutrients, including fiber, vitamin C, folic acid, and several minerals.

Any diet, weather low or high in carbohydrate, can produce significant weight loss duringrepparttar 145731 initial stages ofrepparttar 145732 diet. But remember,repparttar 145733 key to successful dieting is in being able to loserepparttar 145734 weight permanently. Put another way, what doesrepparttar 145735 scale show a year after going offrepparttar 145736 diet?

Let's see if we can debunk some ofrepparttar 145737 mystery about low-carb diets. Below, is a listing of some relevant points taken from recent studies and scientific literature. Please note there may be insufficient information available to answer all questions.

- Differences Between Low-Carb Diets

There are many popular diets designed to lower carbohydrate consumption. Reducing total carbohydrate inrepparttar 145738 diet means that protein and fat will represent a proportionately greater amount ofrepparttar 145739 total caloric intake.

Atkins and Protein Power diets restrict carbohydrate to a point whererepparttar 145740 body becomes ketogenic. Other low-carb diets likerepparttar 145741 Zone and Life Without Bread are less restrictive. Some, like Sugar Busters claim to eliminate only sugars and foods that elevate blood sugar levels excessively.

- What We Know about Low-Carb Diets

Almost all ofrepparttar 145742 studies to date have been small with a wide variety of research objectives. Carbohydrate, caloric intake, diet duration and participant characteristics varied greatly. Most ofrepparttar 145743 studies to date have two things in common: None ofrepparttar 145744 studies had participants with a mean age over 53 and none ofrepparttar 145745 controlled studies lasted longer than 90 days.

Information on older adults and long-term results are scarce. Many diet studies fail to monitorrepparttar 145746 amount of exercise, and therefore caloric expenditure, while participants are dieting. This helps to explain discrepancies between studies.

The weight loss on low-carb diets is a function of caloric restriction and diet duration, and not with reduced carbohydrate intake. This finding suggests that if you want to lose weight, you should eat fewer calories and do so over a long time period.

Little evidence exists onrepparttar 145747 long-range safety of low-carb diets. Despiterepparttar 145748 medical community concerns, no short-term adverse effects have been found on cholesterol, glucose, insulin and blood-pressure levels among participants onrepparttar 145749 diets. But, adverse effects may not show up because ofrepparttar 145750 short period ofrepparttar 145751 studies. Researchers note that losing weight typically leads to an improvement in these levels anyway, and this may offset an increase caused by a high fat diet. The long range weight change for low-carb and other types of diets is similar.

You Can't Fool Mother Nature

Written by Patty Gale

Inrepparttar 1970's, there was a margarine commercial withrepparttar 145675 message of "you can't fool mother nature." This statement never held more true than it does today.

Up untilrepparttar 145676 very early 1900's,repparttar 145677 farming and livestock in this country was grown and raised using natural and organic methods. It was justrepparttar 145678 way it was done and it didn't need to be called "organic". Inrepparttar 145679 last 50 years or so, more extensive use of chemicals became widespread. Remember when a tomato actually tasted like a tomato?

Withrepparttar 145680 advent of chemical pesticides and herbicides for produce and steroids and antibiotics fed to livestock, is it any wonder why people are nervous aboutrepparttar 145681 future of our health? We are what we eat, there's no question about that. There is a saying, "garbage in, garbage out."

Biotechnology is allrepparttar 145682 "buzzword" these days. We now have genetically modified foods in our grocery stores, except there are no labels to let you know. Genetically modified foods, (or GMO foods as they are known) are products that have been genetically mixed with DNA mixed from other foods to supposedly grow a product that is more resistant to disease and will grow faster and bigger.

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