Dropping The Carbs - The Pro's and Cons of Ketogenic Dieting Part 1

Written by Andrew Langhorn

Dropping The Carbs? The Pro's and Cons of Ketogenic Dieting Author: Andrew Langhorn

We must all now be familiar withrepparttar Atkins Diet. Of all ofrepparttar 143536 ‘trend’ diets that move through our popular culture, none has caused as much interest or controversy. Put forward byrepparttar 143537 late Dr. Robert Atkins inrepparttar 143538 70’s,repparttar 143539 diet that has caused a storm is continuing to acquire both dedicated followers and severe opponents both within and withoutrepparttar 143540 medical community. The Atkins diet itself is onlyrepparttar 143541 most popular of an approach usually called low-carb diets because ofrepparttar 143542 primary interest in restricting consumption of Carbohydrates. Sincerepparttar 143543 entire spectrum of our food is drawn from proteins, fats, carbohydrates or water, severe restriction of one group is seen by many as an arbitrary and possibly even dangerous step. Most ofrepparttar 143544 controversy surrounding low-carb approaches is not that they lie about weight-loss (studies continue to show marked weight-loss in many who userepparttar 143545 diets) butrepparttar 143546 disturbing possibility that cuttingrepparttar 143547 carbs out of your diet just isn’t healthy. After all, what good is a diet that slims you down only to clog up your arteries and kill you? We’ve heard many arguments both for and againstrepparttar 143548 use of low-carbohydrate diets, this article asks a radical question: Can going Low-Carb actually be healthy? WHY SHOULD I LIMIT SUGAR & GRAINS? The first and most obvious carbohydrate group and one we rarely have much argument about reducing is sugar. Sugar is a catch all term for a number of simple carbohydrates including fructose (fruit sugar), Galactose (milk sugar), sucrose (table sugar) and glucose (simple sugars such as blood sugar). Sugar consumption has been onrepparttar 143549 increase for decades and, despiterepparttar 143550 numerous campaigns against saturated fats, is certainlyrepparttar 143551 biggest contributing factor torepparttar 143552 increasing obesity epidemic. Eating sugar causes a number of physiological effects inrepparttar 143553 body. The most striking of these isrepparttar 143554 sudden and marked increase in blood insulin. Insulin isrepparttar 143555 hormone in our body responsible for ‘taxiing’repparttar 143556 food broken down in out stomach torepparttar 143557 various parts of our body that require these substances, although it has numerous uses. First, and most importantly, sugar, as glucose levels in out blood is extremely toxic. Left in our bloodstream without control elevated sugar levels would kill us quickly, sorepparttar 143558 powerful release of insulin helps keep our blood cleared of excess glucose. Unfortunately insulin is a double-edged sword. Excess sugar in our body cannot be disposed of in an unlimited number of ways. With our increasing sedentary lifestyles refusing to burn off much of this sudden and quick release of carbohydrate as we consume, sugar is rapidly converted torepparttar 143559 same saturated fats we are constantly warned about. (As you can see, limiting saturated fat inrepparttar 143560 diet does not prevent us from accumulating fat in our bodies) Sugar has other unpleasant side effects. The constantly elevated insulin levels can eventually lead to decreased insulin sensitivity (Syndrome X) and another case of Type II diabetes. Sugar also has an effect on cortisol and our adrenal glands. It causes an excess of these hormones leading to symptoms of stress and fatigue. Sugar also competes withrepparttar 143561 glucose carriers in our blood, which work with vitamins like Vitamin C, causing disruption to our preciously balanced immune system and causing premature ageing ofrepparttar 143562 skin.

Dropping the Carbs - The Pros and Cons of Ketogenic Dieting Part Two

Written by Andrew Langhorn

Dropping The Carbs - Part Two The pros and cons of ketogenic dieting.

OKAY, SO ARE THERE ANY GOOD CARBOHYDRATES?? The good news for carbohydrates is that they can claimrepparttar HEALTHIEST of foodstuffs amongst their number. Here is where a simple view ofrepparttar 143535 Atkins diet and other strict no or low carb diets flounder. Not all carbs are created equal as we know andrepparttar 143536 carb group that is utterly essential to our survival? VEGETABLES! Low carb diets have often been seen as lacking in vegetables as people carefully trim away all excess carbohydrates, effectively throwingrepparttar 143537 baby out withrepparttar 143538 dirty bathwater. Onrepparttar 143539 subject of vegetables you won’t find much dissension amongst medical experts of any standpoint. These wonderful foodstuffs not only contain a plethora of vitamins and minerals, but also are often chock-full of fibre, water and a host of exotic cancer-fighting substances unique to vegetables. The important thing about vegetables is that they are nutrient dense and calorie sparse. In plain English, they contain a lot of good stuff in a very small package. You can eat virtually enough vegetables to fill you up and still have eaten only a tiny percentage ofrepparttar 143540 calories a normal diet would confer. One ofrepparttar 143541 arguments for regular grain consumption isrepparttar 143542 necessary vitamins and minerals they contain, not to mentionrepparttar 143543 essential fibre for our digestive tract. But guess what? Vegetables make grains seem pretty redundant. A small handful of organic vegetables will contain more vitamins and minerals than virtually a day's worth of grains, all in an easier to digest package, with extra water and no danger of insulin overload. Even on a low-carb diet you can stuff yourself silly with vegetables without fear. The primary advantage of a low-carb diet is insulin control and vegetables won’t interfere with that. Remember organic vegetables have a much higher vitamin and mineral content, alsorepparttar 143544 darker green or red a vegetablerepparttar 143545 higherrepparttar 143546 amount of beneficial Chlorophyll insiderepparttar 143547 plant. Try to eat your veggies raw and fresh and often. A regular supply of varied veggies is like nature’s most perfect multivitamin pill. OKAY, SO WE EAT VEGGIES BUT WHAT ABOUT ALL THE OTHER FOODS YOU NEED? So low-carb dieters are sheddingrepparttar 143548 pounds by avoidingrepparttar 143549 insulin spiking grains and sugars. Inrepparttar 143550 process they’re moving over to eating other stuff though right? You stop eating bread and pasta and you’ve got to eat something! We see Atkins dieters especially loading up proteins and fats, burgers, sausages, bacon, full double cream, fried eggs and a host of other tasty but controversial foods. So, fine, we can accept that somehow these people still seem to shed weight much faster and more consistently than their carbohydrate munching friends but surely, surely, that can’t be HEALTHY? Too good to be true? Some Doctors definitely believe so. We’ve been warned about saturated fat and our rising cholesterol problem for a number of years. Suddenly a diet comes along that seems to throw all that conventional wisdom out ofrepparttar 143551 window. As it happens,repparttar 143552 American Medical Association was forced to declarerepparttar 143553 Atkins diet ‘heart-healthy’ after a number of university studies came up withrepparttar 143554 surprising findings that Atkins dieters were actually lowering their blood fat deposits and sparingrepparttar 143555 hearts much more than those on a regular higher carb diet. That being said,repparttar 143556 heart isn’trepparttar 143557 only thing we have to keep healthy, so is there a third option? A kind of best of all worlds diet? A low-carb plan that works for your health as well as your waistline? You bet! First we knowrepparttar 143558 basis of that diet is our good friend,repparttar 143559 organic vegetable. But moving on, it seems our bodies were designed for a much greater range of essential nutrients than those found in vegetables alone. First up Fats. Yes, it may have finally begun to infiltraterepparttar 143560 mainstream press but its old news to many of us. Fat is essential! We need to eat fat. There’s no getting around it, our bodies don’t merely toleraterepparttar 143561 stuff, they absolutely need it to function. When you remember that our brains are over sixty percent fat, our organs require it and our very nerves are built from it, you begin to see how important it is. However much like our friendrepparttar 143562 Carbohydrate, all fats are not created equal either. Our bodies need a small group of fats that we call ‘Essential Fatty Acids’. Our body cannot produce these from any other substances and needs a regular supply or it begins to see shortcomings in its internal workings. We can get by for a while on diminished supplies but our health begins to suffer greatly inrepparttar 143563 long run. These healthy fats come inrepparttar 143564 form ofrepparttar 143565 well-publicised fish and cod-liver oils, flax and various other nut oils and foods like avocado. (Although not essential organic coconut oil has a host of special benefits) Simply be ensuring that a large percentage of our daily fat intake comes from clean, healthy oils will go a long way to improving our health, from defending our brain against degenerative diseases to protecting our skin fromrepparttar 143566 harmful rays ofrepparttar 143567 sun. To be a healthy low carber you need to investigate healthy fats a little more and remember that high quality, preferably organic oils are a better choice than others. There are a host of books on this subject and a host of great products out there. Unfortunately due torepparttar 143568 mass pollution ofrepparttar 143569 seas, fish may no longer berepparttar 143570 healthiest option, although carefully filtrated fish-oils (by Companies who are clued up onrepparttar 143571 science of keeping these oils in a health-giving state) are widely available and a must-buy for everyone.

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