Don't Be Confused About Low Carb Diets - 7 Key Points Explained

Written by Emily Clark

With all ofrepparttar conflicting studies and fuzzy interpretation of information, it's no wonder that confusion reigns when it comes torepparttar 144542 value and safety of low-carb diets. It seems like heated debates are raging everywhere!

Whether it's Atkins,repparttar 144543 South Beach or some other low-carb plan, as many as 30 million Americans are following a low-carb diet.

Advocates contend thatrepparttar 144544 high amount of carbohydrates in our diet has led to increasing problems with obesity, diabetes, and other health problems. Critics, onrepparttar 144545 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 144546 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 144547 initial stages ofrepparttar 144548 diet. But remember,repparttar 144549 key to successful dieting is in being able to loserepparttar 144550 weight permanently. Put another way, what doesrepparttar 144551 scale show a year after going offrepparttar 144552 diet?

Let's see if we can debunk some ofrepparttar 144553 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 144554 diet means that protein and fat will represent a proportionately greater amount ofrepparttar 144555 total caloric intake.

Atkins and Protein Power diets restrict carbohydrate to a point whererepparttar 144556 body becomes ketogenic. Other low-carb diets likerepparttar 144557 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 144558 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 144559 studies to date have two things in common: None ofrepparttar 144560 studies had participants with a mean age over 53 and none ofrepparttar 144561 controlled studies lasted longer than 90 days.

Information on older adults and long-term results are scarce. Many diet studies fail to monitorrepparttar 144562 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 144563 long-range safety of low-carb diets. Despiterepparttar 144564 medical community concerns, no short-term adverse effects have been found on cholesterol, glucose, insulin and blood-pressure levels among participants onrepparttar 144565 diets. But, adverse effects may not show up because ofrepparttar 144566 short period ofrepparttar 144567 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.

Does Your Morning Coffee Cause You Pain or Discomfort?

Written by Emily Clark

Does your morning coffee cause you pain? Are you frustrated when a night out dining with friends ends in discomfort instead of relaxed conversation? Do you carry antacids with you every day?

Heartburn is more than just a nuisance. It can detract from enjoying a meal, force you to change your routine and hang over your every decision - what to eat, what to drink, when to lay down.

What is this monkey on your back and how can you find relief?


Heartburn occurs whenrepparttar acid content ofrepparttar 144541 stomach makes its way back intorepparttar 144542 esophagus. A burning sensation and even a bitter taste are experienced by heartburn sufferers.

If you are suffering more than twice a week you may have acid reflux disease - also known as GERD. Why is this important?

Not all heartburn is caused by GERD (Gastroesophageal reflux disease). Occasional heartburn can be caused by a variety of factors but if you have regular episodes there are things you can do to help.


If you have regular heartburnrepparttar 144543 first thing you should do is stay away from regular use of antacids. Antacids can relieverepparttar 144544 pain of occasional heartburn, but because they are designed to neutralizerepparttar 144545 acids in your stomach they can causerepparttar 144546 stomach to create MORE acid - a cycle called 'acid rebound'. Some medications can also cause diarrhea or constipation or even increaserepparttar 144547 risk of food poisoning by inhibitingrepparttar 144548 growth of good bacteria.

Watch out for trigger foods such as caffeine, alcohol, citrus, chocolate, minty, spicy or tomato-based foods as well as fatty or fried foods, onions or garlic.

Being overweight or smoking also increasesrepparttar 144549 risk of GERD and lifestyle changes may help to controlrepparttar 144550 symptoms.

Activities such as lying down after a meal, bending forward, lifting heavy items or eating large meals can bring acid reflux on. Avoiding these activities after a meal, eating smaller portions and raisingrepparttar 144551 head of your bed several inches may help.

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