Weighing-In On Low Carb Diets

Written by Tim Robinson

With all ofrepparttar conflicting studies and fuzzy interpretation of information, it's no wonder that confusion reigns when it comes torepparttar 142028 value and safety of low-carb diets. It seems like heated debates are raging everywhere!

Whether it's Atkins,repparttar 142029 South Beach or some other low-carb plan, as many as 30 million Americans are following a low-carb diet.

Advocates contend thatrepparttar 142030 high amount of carbohydrates in our diet has led to increasing problems with obesity, diabetes, and other health problems. Critics, onrepparttar 142031 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 142032 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 142033 initial stages ofrepparttar 142034 diet. But remember,repparttar 142035 key to successful dieting is in being able to loserepparttar 142036 weight permanently. Put another way, what doesrepparttar 142037 scale show a year after going offrepparttar 142038 diet?

Let's see if we can debunk some ofrepparttar 142039 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 142040 diet means that protein and fat will represent a proportionately greater amount ofrepparttar 142041 total caloric intake.

Atkins and Protein Power diets restrict carbohydrate to a point whererepparttar 142042 body becomes ketogenic. Other low-carb diets likerepparttar 142043 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 142044 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 142045 studies to date have two things in common: None ofrepparttar 142046 studies had participants with a mean age over 53 and none ofrepparttar 142047 controlled studies lasted longer than 90 days.

Information on older adults and long-term results are scarce. Many diet studies fail to monitorrepparttar 142048 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 142049 long-range safety of low-carb diets. Despiterepparttar 142050 medical community concerns, no short-term adverse effects have been found on cholesterol, glucose, insulin and blood-pressure levels among participants onrepparttar 142051 diets. But, adverse effects may not show up because ofrepparttar 142052 short period ofrepparttar 142053 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.

Beating the Freshman 15

Written by Michael Paetzold

Beatingrepparttar Freshman 15

It's a fairly accepted 'fact' among college age women that they will gain weight their first year away from home. It's so well accepted, in fact, that nearly anyone will know immediately what you mean when you refer torepparttar 141871 'Freshman 15'. The research doesn't quite bear it out, though. One study conducted 15 years ago found that incoming freshman did gain weight at higher rates than their peers who did not attend college, butrepparttar 141872 average weight gain forrepparttar 141873 stressful freshman year was 7 pounds, less than halfrepparttar 141874 mythical 15 pounds they'd been told to expect.

Even more encouraging is that a more recent study of college weight gain monitoredrepparttar 141875 weight and body fat of freshman women. More than halfrepparttar 141876 students put on weight, but for most it was less than five pounds. One third ofrepparttar 141877 students lost weight. Interestingly, those students who most worried about gaining weight believed that they had gained weight even whenrepparttar 141878 scales showed that they hadn't.

If you're concerned about gaining weight in that first year away from home, here are some concrete suggestions that can help you avoidrepparttar 141879 dreaded Freshman 15.

Adopt a Healthy Attitude Toward Food.

Researchers place part ofrepparttar 141880 blame forrepparttar 141881 Freshman 15 onrepparttar 141882 tendency to turn to food for comfort. In an unfamiliar setting, with new stresses and new worries, students may turn torepparttar 141883 familiar foods that make them feel good to help them get through. Train yourself to eat when hungry - and deal with stress through other means.


The corollary torepparttar 141884 statement above is thatrepparttar 141885 less you allow changes and worries to affect you,repparttar 141886 less stress you'll have to deal with. One ofrepparttar 141887 best ways to stress-proof your body is by eating a healthy diet. Regular exercise and making sure you get enough sleep play a big part, too. When you're body is well-nourished and well-rested, you'll find it much easier to deal with stress without resorting to major snacking.

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