The Case for a Low-Carb Diet

October 20, 2014

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CarbsCarbs get a bad rap one day, and then they are good for you the next day. It’s no wonder why getting to the bottom of the scoop on carbohydrates is easier said than done. We’re getting mixed messages—from the media, advertisers, and even doctors.

There is science behind the low-carb diet. The most recent studies, one published in the journal Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice and another in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found low-carbohydrate diets reduce appetite, improve general physical health, and reduce inflammation in patients with type 2 diabetes.

The argument for carbohydrates is that they give you necessary energy, especially during and after exercise. The issue with relying on carbohydrates as a primary energy source, particularly for someone who is overweight, is it forces your metabolism to rely on carbs for fuel. This means your body must burn carbs before it burns fat, promoting fat storage. If your body is constantly burning fuel, your appetite (and consequently weight) may increase. Carbohydrates are converted to sugars once consumed, which can cause more serious health problems, particularly for diabetics who do not process glucose (sugars) properly.

However, carbohydrates are not the only nutrients that can give you a boost. Fat and protein are also excellent sources of energy. A diet high in meat, fish, eggs, and vegetables as opposed to a diet high in starchy foods like bread, pasta, and potatoes will provide more overall energy and likely reduce overall calorie consumption.

YOUR GUIDE TO A LOW-CARB, HIGH-FAT DIET

Foods for Lasting Energy:

  • Meat
  • Fish and Shellfish
  • Eggs
  • Natural, High-Fat Sauces (Best when sauce is based with healthy fats like coconut oil and olive oil)
  • Vegetables that grow above ground (broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, zucchini, mushrooms, tomatoes, avocado, etc.)
  • Nuts
  • Berries
  • Dairy products (eat sparingly if sensitive to lactose)

Foods to Eat Sparingly:

  • Sugar (soft drinks, candy, sports drinks, pastries, cakes)
  • Starch (bread, pasta, potatoes)
  • Beer
  • Fruit (treat this as a healthier dessert!)

Drink:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

Always consult your healthcare provider before trying a new diet. A weight loss plan that works for one person may not be the best plan for another person. Remember, these are guidelines. Eating a bagel every once in a while won’t make you gain weight immediately. As you start to adopt a healthier lifestyle, you will find you will have fewer cravings for sweets and carb-heavy meals.

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