Low-Carb Diet, Should I or Shouldn't I?

Supporters contend that

the large amount of carbohydrates in our diet has led to

increased problems with obesity, diabetes, and other health situations. On the

other hand, some attribute obesity and related health problems to over eating of

calories and lack of physical activity. They also express concern that without grains,

fruits, and vegetables in low-carbohydrate diets may lead to deficiencies of some

key nutrients, including vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, and many minerals.

It is already known that any diet, whether high or low in carbohydrates, can

produce meaningful weight loss during the early stages of the diet. Keep in mind,

the key to a diet being successful is in being able to lose the weight on a

permanent basis.

Let's see if we can expose some of the mystery about low-carb diets. Following, is a

listing of some related points taken from recent studies and scientific literature.

Point 1 - Some Differences Between Low-Carb Diets

There are many famous diets created to lower carbohydrate consumption.

Lowering total carbohydrates in the diet means that protein and fat will take up a

proportionately greater amount of the total caloric intake.

Low carbohydrate diets like the Atkins Diet restrict carbohydrate to a point where

the body becomes ketogenic (a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet that includes

normal amounts of protein). Other low-carb diets like the Zone and

Life Without

Bread are less confined. Some, like Sugar Busters announce only

to eliminate sugars and foods that elevate blood sugar levels excessively.

Point 2 - What We Know about Low-Carb Diets

+Close to all of the studies to date have been small with a diversity of research