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Oct 07

The Low-Carb Diet

Cut carbs from your diet and you will be thin, right? Well, firstly I don’t believe that cutting out any food group in its entirety is good, especially carbs, as they are the building blocks for brain power, they satisfy your hunger leaving you less likely to binge eat, plus they provide you with energy to make it through the day. But there are bad carbs out there which unfortunately most of us gravitate towards (white refined carbs like bread or other bakes goods), which could certainly do with the chop!

When it comes to weight loss, low-carb and low GI diets are most commonly talked about. Generally the principal is to eliminating or drastically reducing the consumption of breads, pastas, potatoes, rice, and other sweet or starchy foods (known as high digestible carbohydrates), and in tern they are replaced with foods containing a higher percentage of proteins and fats (meat, cheese, nuts etc.). I have used low-carb diets in the past and have had great success, but honestly, you don’t have to give up good carbs if you enjoy them, it’s the processed carbs that only need the boot and why? because they simply put too much strain on your blood sugar levels.

So, you’ll find that low-carb diets do not encouraged the body to produce excessive insulin and this is what some researchers suggest causes body fat to be reduced. You may find low-carbs diets differ in their dietary specifics, however they all seem to agree that processed sugar be eliminated and this I have to agree with 100%. Sugar is evil and the sooner you can wean yourself off it, the better! *pinky swear*

Basically when it all comes down to energy, the body burns carbohydrates better than it does fat or protein, so why get rid of them? Rather stick to the good ones and here is a list:

• Green leafy vegetables
• Beans and legumes
• Nuts and seeds
• Brown rice and wild rice
• 100% Whole Wheat Bread / Cereal, Oatmeal
• Sweet potatoes
• Squash, Cauliflower, Green Beans, Broccoli, Peppers, Onions, Carrots
• Blueberries, Strawberries, Blackberries, Raspberries, Apples, Peach

Although it can be hard, try cut as much junk from your diet (the chips, baked goods, candy and soda etc.) and find ways to incorporate some of the above list into your diet rather. It does get easier and you will start feeling great, so it will be worth it!