Thoughts on Low Carb Diets

Written by Joe Serpico

With all ofrepparttar conflicting studies and fuzzy interpretation of information, it's no wonder that confusion reigns when it comes torepparttar 145408 value and safety of low-carb diets. It seems like heated debates are raging everywhere!

Whether it's Atkins,repparttar 145409 South Beach or some other low-carb plan, up to 30 million Americans are following a low-carb diet.

Advocates contend thatrepparttar 145410 high amount of carbohydrates in our diet has led to increasing problems with obesity, diabetes, and other health problems. Critics, onrepparttar 145411 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 145412 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 145413 initial stages ofrepparttar 145414 diet. But remember,repparttar 145415 key to successful dieting is in being able to loserepparttar 145416 weight permanently. Put another way, what doesrepparttar 145417 scale show a year after going offrepparttar 145418 diet?

Let's see if we can debunk some ofrepparttar 145419 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 145420 diet means that protein and fat will represent a proportionately greater amount ofrepparttar 145421 total caloric intake.

Atkins and Protein Power diets restrict carbohydrate to a point whererepparttar 145422 body becomes ketogenic. Other low-carb diets likerepparttar 145423 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 145424 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 145425 studies to date have two things in common: None ofrepparttar 145426 studies had participants with a mean age over 53 and none ofrepparttar 145427 controlled studies lasted longer than 90 days.

Information on older adults and long-term results are scarce. Many diet studies fail to monitorrepparttar 145428 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 seems to be 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 145429 long-range safety of low-carb diets. Despiterepparttar 145430 medical community concerns, no short-term adverse effects have been found on cholesterol, glucose, insulin and blood-pressure levels among participants onrepparttar 145431 diets. However, it is true that adverse effects may not show up because ofrepparttar 145432 short period ofrepparttar 145433 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.

Acupuncture - Weight Loss with an “Ancient Chinese Twist”

Written by Debra Clydesdale LAc DNBAO

Acupuncture Weight Loss Treatments

I rememberrepparttar first time I took Chinese herbs. One of my patients told me “You look really tired – Here take these herbs” and handed me a bagful of different colored packages. It hurt to have it put so bluntly, but it was true, I was building a business, working long hours and feeling a bit drained, so I listened and took them home to use that night. One was a peach green tea that tasted likerepparttar 145203 Snapple I had been drinking earlier that day, one was an “interesting tasting” dark green liquid which I took with an OJ chaser andrepparttar 145204 third was a powder that I mixed up with OJ, water and soy milk to make a citrus smoothie. Not bad I thought, for Chinese herbs… And then something amazing happened. I felt full! Little did I know at that time I had been givenrepparttar 145205 key to my natural weight loss that I still maintain 15 years later.

I loved it! I had never felt full before in my life. I had been struggling with being thin since childhood. I had learned when to stop eating in order to not gain weight; I knew all kinds of tricks like drinking water before a meal and getting up and walking away fromrepparttar 145206 table. I looked at each new “diet trend” and I had eliminated all those “bad carbohydrates” from my diet and lived atrepparttar 145207 gym – and I ended up thin and tired allrepparttar 145208 time. I even tried dexatrim (I may be dating myself – does any body else out there remember that?) and ended up a yo-yo dieter. It was like I was in a constant battle with my body and my weight.

In this process of trying everything I had never before felt this feeling of being satisfied. I loved it! So I usedrepparttar 145209 herbs for a few weeks and then I proceeded to talk myself out of takingrepparttar 145210 herbs – too expensive, etc… and promptly got tired and sick, went back on them – stopped and got sick and tired again, repeated it a third time and then I gotrepparttar 145211 message that these herbs were doing something really good for my body.

Then to my surprise, six months later I dropped 20 pounds without changing anything else in my life. I even began to eat more without gaining weight like I used to. I had a lifetime of experience struggling with my weight and I was amazed at how these “little packages of herbs” were changing my life. I would never have expected that these nutritional herbs would help me lose weight. I was so intrigued that I ended up going to Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine School to learn more. That was my door intorepparttar 145212 world of Chinese Medicine and acupuncture weight loss and I’ve never looked back.

Weight Loss is quite a difficult complex problem for some of us, and not even an issue for others. Just recently “Language has been removed fromrepparttar 145213 Medicare Coverage Issues Manual stating that obesity is not an illness…. The medical science will now determine whether we provide coverage forrepparttar 145214 treatments that reduce complications and improve quality of life forrepparttar 145215 millions of Medicare beneficiaries with obesity.(1)” Being overweight is now officially a disease. “And as a first step, we expect to convene our Medicare Coverage Advisory Committee inrepparttar 145216 fall to evaluaterepparttar 145217 evidence onrepparttar 145218 various surgical procedures used in treating obesity.(2)” There has to be other alternatives besides surgery.

Acupuncture for Weight Loss hitrepparttar 145219 press in 2003 when Reuters, CNN and others reported of successful acupuncture weight loss clinics in China. Chinese Medicine theory, traditionally hold that overweight people have imbalanced digestive systems. By stimulatingrepparttar 145220 digestive system through acupuncture and herbs, it becomes more balanced and efficient, thus nutrition is more bio-available andrepparttar 145221 person feels fuller. This is what happened to me when my metabolism came into a better balance. Other theories are that acupuncture mainly helps reduce appetite and improve metabolism.(3)

A slow increase in Obesity in China had lead to this new specialty – acupuncture weight loss. A professor at a Traditional Chinese Medicine College in China states that treatments for weight reduction have been practiced, studied and refined overrepparttar 145222 past 5 years(4). While an exact comparison betweenrepparttar 145223 US and China is difficult, in Chinarepparttar 145224 numbers may be close to 10-13% overweight adults, as compared to 64% forrepparttar 145225 US, but with their lifestyles and economic changes this number is beginning to rise (5) . In Beijing,repparttar 145226 capital, students eagerly enjoy down their Kentucky Fried Chicken, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, Pepsi and pop tarts. These foods have slowly replacedrepparttar 145227 previous hot spots with traditional Chinese snacks found in places like Grandma’s Dumpling House (6) . The obesity rate among primary and middle school students has risen to 18 %, from 10% in 1991,repparttar 145228 state Xinhua news agency said recently, citing a survey fromrepparttar 145229 Beijing Center for Disease Control and Prevention.(7)

So what kind of acupuncture weight loss treatments do they offer in these clinics in China? Acupuncture, onrepparttar 145230 body and/orrepparttar 145231 ear, herbal supplements and exercise that’s not overly taxing (8). These arerepparttar 145232 primary treatment modalities that are used, but Acupuncture isrepparttar 145233 pillar of their weight loss strategy. How successful are they in losing weight? Currently there are no published research studies in peer – reviewed journals, only success stories emanating fromrepparttar 145234 clinics. One source states “On this modest program – patients are said to lose between 22 and 33 pounds per month(9).” Huge weight losses of up to 242 pounds are boasted. In China, they say that 4 of 5 patients lose weight.(10)

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