People diet for two primary reasons, to lose weight,
or to improve health--or both. If you are a healthy
adult who is not overweight and who has no family members
who are obese, the food pyramid recommendations of the
USDA will work fine, as long as you remember that the
carbohydrates that are recommended are those contained
in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. However, even
those who are healthy and who are not overweight can
maintain their health and vitality by following a reduced
who are overweight, or who have diabetes, the low-calorie
and low-fat diets recommended by the government do
not work well. In fact, for diabetics, they can actually
worsen the condition. The only diet that strikes at
the real cause of obesity, high cholesterol, high
blood pressure, hypoglycemia, and type 2 diabetes
is a low-carbohydrate diet. Many doctors and nutritionists
are now starting to recognize this.
many different versions of the low-carb diet, such
as Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, Protein Power,
Neanderthin, The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifestyle Plan,
Life Without Bread, and others. All of them, however,
have one thing in common -- a very strict reduction
in the consumption of carbohydrates. Most low-carb
diets replace carbohydrates with fats and proteins.
Although diets vary in their recommendations, as a
general rule, a low-carb diet is synonymous with a
high-fat and moderate protein diet. Those on a low-carb
diet should get at least 60 to 70 percent of their
daily calorie intake from fat. Carbohydrates should
make up less than 10 percent, and in some cases, less
than 5 percent of your daily calorie intake.
told for years to eat a low-fat, high-carbohydrate
"balanced" diet, Americans are now the fattest
people on Earth, and getting fatter every year! The
occurrences of adult-onset diabetes is also increasing.
We now know, because research has shown, that fat
is not the enemy -- carbohydrates are.
On a low-carb
diet, you can eat until you're full, as long as you
eat only allowed foods. Allowed foods are meats, fish,
poultry, eggs, and cheese, plus a limited amount of
green vegetables. Stay away from foods that are on
the "Not Allowed" list.