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Carbohydrates make up the majority of our diet. They provide glucose, which our body uses as energy. According to dietary guidelines, half or more of our total daily calories should come from carbohydrates; fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Low carb diets limit these carbohydrate sources, and increase intake of protein and fat to encourage weight loss.

Carbs come in two types: simple and complex. When you eat carbs, your body converts them into sugar and your blood sugar rises. Then your pancreas releases insulin to move that sugar into the cells to be used as energy. Whatever sugar you don’t need right away is stored as fat. The two types of carbs have different effects on your blood sugar. Simple carbs such as cookies, brownies, pastries, white bread and pasta, and candy are made with white flour and white sugar. Your body breaks simple carbs down quickly and blood sugar spikes as a result. Complex carbs digest slowly, so they have less of a dramatic effect on blood sugar.

Low carb diets lower insulin levels, so less sugar is stored as fat. Several different types of low carb diets, from Atkins to South Beach, exist. Each diet recommends a slightly different composition of carbohydrates to fats and protein. Some low carb diets are very restrictive, allowing almost no carbs. One of the Atkins diet plans allows only 40 grams of “net carbs” (total carbs minus fiber and sugar alcohols) a day. Compare that to the Dietary Guidelines, which recommend 225 to 325 grams of carbs a day. Other low carb diets are less strict. They allow small amounts of fruit, vegetables, and whole grains.

One of the biggest concerns with low carb diets is that they may replace carbohydrates with unhealthy protein and fat sources, such as red meat. Anyone who is considering switching to a low carb diet should consult a doctor to make sure the plan is healthy and appropriate for them.

The Caveman Cometh

Since the first paleo diet book hit store shelves nearly two decades ago, this eating plan has skyrocketed in popularity. On paper, the paleo diet, (aka the “caveman” or “stone age” diet) encourages consumption of foods that would have been hunted or gathered by our ancestors during the Palaeolithic era.

Low-Carb Breads That Won’t Sabotage Your Diet

Low-Carb Breads That Won’t Sabotage Your Diet

With the rise in popularity among low-carb diets, many people have been reducing the amount of carbohydrates in their meals. When done correctly and healthfully under the guidance of a health professional, following a low-carb diet can offer many health benefits, particularly for those with diabetes. However, it can be

Keto Diet: The Fat-Burning Health Benefits of Ketogenic Diet Foods

Keto Diet: The Fat-Burning Health Benefits of Ketogenic Diet Foods

Originally developed in 1924 to treat epilepsy, the ketogenic diet has most recently rose in popularity as the latest and greatest miracle weight-loss plan. Additionally, proponents of the ketogenic diet—or keto diet, as it’s commonly known—advertise health benefits ranging from glucose control to treatment of Alzheimer’s. But, what does the

Intuitive Eating: A Healthy and Effective Way to Lose Weight

Intuitive Eating: A Healthy and Effective Way to Lose Weight

Dieting is the worst. Have you ever met someone who raved, “I’m on a diet; it’s totally awesome. I just love it!” Neither have we. What if we told you that you could lose weight, improve your nutrition, and increase your energy level—all without dieting? Meet “intuitive eating.” This non-diet

Weight Loss: Diet Quality Beats Quantity

A 12-month clinical trial that randomized more than 600 men and women to either a low-fat diet or a low-carb diet found that both diets resulted in nearly identical weight loss, ranging from 5.3 kilograms (kg, 11.11 pounds) for the low-fat group to six kg (13.4 pounds) for the low-carb

Is Pizza Healthy?

Is Pizza Healthy?

The nutritional value of some of your favorite foods—like french fries, soda, and chips, for example—puts them into the category of junk foods to avoid. They’re filled with too much fat, salt, and/or sugar to be part of a healthy diet. Other foods, however, can straddle the line. If your

A Daily Weight Fluctuation Is Nothing to Worry About

A Daily Weight Fluctuation Is Nothing to Worry About

Weight fluctuation throughout the course of a day is normal. Weight fluctuation throughout the course of your life can be harmful. Sounds contradictory, doesn’t it? It’s not.

A person should strive to maintain a lifelong, consistent healthy weight.  Fluctuation in large amounts throughout your life—that lose-gain-lose-gain cycle so many of us

Take Unintentional Weight Loss Seriously

Take Unintentional Weight Loss Seriously

Unintentional weight loss occurs in 15 percent to 20 percent of older adults, says the American Association of Family Practitioners (AAFP). It’s also associated with increased morbidity and mortality. That’s one out of every five seniors experiencing unintentional weight loss that can directly affect their longevity.

It’s especially sobering

The Keto Diet: More Fad Than Long Term

The ketogenic (keto) diet is an extremely low-carbohydrate, very high-fat diet that originated as a treatment for pediatric epilepsy. It has gained popularity recently among athletes and as a weight loss diet. Much stricter than an Atkins-style low-carb diet, an adherent to the keto diet consumes fewer than 35 grams

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