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Why Low Carb Diets Are Bad For Weight Loss


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Copyright 2006 Jonathan Perez

Many people looking to burn / lose a big amount of fat / weight can become very confused once they read and listen to all of the conflicting information that's spread on TV, magazines, the web , and diet books. ..

One of the foremost misunderstood techniques is that the low carb diets that are very fashionable within the last several years.

The popular belief lately is that sugar (carbohydrates) should be kept to moderate to low levels in your eating.

The reason for this is often due to the recent popularity of low-carb diets, like The Atkins diet, The Southbeach diet, The Zone diet, etc.

Even in bodybuilding magazines all of a sudden everyone and their mother is recommending to stay carbs in your diets almost to a minimum.

Well, the misunderstanding that sugar is somehow "evil" and can cause you to urge fat, raise your bad cholesterol, and even lose your "insulin sensitivity" is predicated on several MYTHS that are passed around by the media and "monkey see, monkey do" nutrition and exercise "gurus".

One of the most misconceptions is that eating carbs will cause a pointy rise of insulin in your blood, which supposedly causes your body to store fat.

A lot of this is often supported the wrong belief that you simply should avoid eating "high GI (glycemic index)" foods, and to mainly get most of your carbs from "low GI" foods.

Basically, the Glycemic Index may be a chart that was developed years ago that measures what proportion of an increase in insulin a particular food causes within the blood once digested.

To put it simply, the upper the GI number is, the upper and quicker it makes your insulin rise.

(For some odd reason that's NOT supported any real, conclusive evidence. People seem to think that raising your insulin levels is "bad").

Well, in 1981, researchers at the University of Toronto were the primary to accurately notice that "simple" carb foods (having a high GI) actually produced a smaller increase in blood glucose than most "complex" (or low GI) foods (everyone today thinks the other is true, in fact supported what they read within the "burn fat / lose weight" article)!

In fact, eating table sugar (sucrose) actually causes a smaller increase in blood glucose than eating foods like baked potatoes and whole wheat bread.

Foods containing added sugars don't have a better GI than foods containing present sugars.

In fact, you actually can't calculate the "GI" much at all!!!


Because the Glycemic Index doesn't take under consideration the differences in variety, ripeness, processing, or cooking foods, which have an enormous impact on how that specific food affects your insulin levels, albeit you're trying to reduce .

Also, the fat content of food also has an affect on insulin: foods that are high in fat have a lower GI, like peanuts, which only have a GI of 14.

In addition, there some foods that have a high GI number, but don't affect your insulin levels in the least carrots!

Carrots have a GI of 95 (which is pretty high), but don't attempt to tell me that you're going to get fat, get diabetes, etc., from eating carrots!!!

Bodybuilding magazines, supplement companies, and therefore the internet spread myths to all or any folks seeking to burn fat / reduce , only leading us to NO RESULTS!

If you're trying to eat your thanks to a leaner, more defined, more sculpted you, there's NO got to BREAK DOWN YOUR EATING right down to all types OF RATIOS or PERCENTAGES.

Regardless of what sort of foods you eat and in what combinations, "IT ALL COMES right down to THE CALORIES"!