Are You a Low-Carb Diet Dropout?
Make the change to a healthier lifestyle
Tired of living in a low-carb world? Low-carb diet dropouts regularly light
up our community message boards, with comments ranging from how afraid they are
of adding carbs back to their diets to how fatigued they felt on carb-cutting
If you're one of these diet defectors, thank goodness you've found the
Weight Loss Clinic! We don't push butter, bacon, or other foods high in
saturated fat -- just plenty of smart carbs, lean protein, and healthy
Our program is not just another fad diet that recommends you eat strange
combinations of foods or give up perfectly healthy foods. In fact, it's not a
diet at all, but a way to help you change unhealthy habits -- a solution for
Fear of Carbs
For centuries, different cultures around the globe have lived primarily on
carbs, in the form of grains. You've heard it before: you could live on a diet
of bread (carbs) and water; and bread is "the staff of life." And it's
true; your body operates much more efficiently when roughly half of your daily
calories come from carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are your body's preferred form of fuel. They're easily broken
down into glucose, which circulates throughout the blood and is used to fuel
your bodily processes. Your brain uses glucose to help it think, and your
muscles prefer glucose to help them function normally.
Other nutrients, such as protein, can be converted into glucose. But this
process is far more complicated, and your kidneys must work harder to get rid
of the byproducts.
Before Atkins and South Beach, most people paid very little attention to how
many or type of carbohydrates they ate. I do credit the high-protein,
low-carbohydrate diets for enlightening consumers about "smart
"Smart carbs" are carbohydrates in the form of fruits, vegetables,
and whole grains, which are loaded with disease-fighting nutrients and are
chock-full of fiber. The fiber content, along with the complex nature of these
foods, means that your body absorbs them slowly and that you really feel full
after you eat them. So not only are they good for you, they help keep you from
overeating between meals.
As you make the transition from a low-carb diet to your individualized
Weight Loss Clinic eating plan, keep in mind that we advocate a diet that meets
the standards of the National Institutes of Health. We follow the NIH guideline
that carbohydrates make up 45%-65% of your total calories.
Your best bet is to go slowly. And when you choose carbohydrate foods, go
for the "smart carbs" -- like whole fruits instead of fruit juice,
brown rice instead of white. Your fears will soon be put to rest. And better
yet, you will feel great and have more energy.