Today we will figure out what foods are good for low-fat diets? Low-carbohydrate diets have become the latest health fad. It seems strange that just a few years ago grocery stores were full of low-fat diet products; low-fat ice cream, cookies, even potato chips. Of course, nobody lost any weight by consuming these products. But a lot of people had a good time pigging out on all of this low-fat junk food, thinking that it wouldn’t make them gain weight.
Now that people have caught on that low-fat diets don’t work, they are switching in droves to low-carbohydrate diets. Led by articles highlighting programs such as the Atkins diet, the Zone diet, the Protein Power diet, the Sugar Busters diet, and many others, people are racing to jump on the low carb bandwagon. Now, instead of stocking primarily low-fat products, grow very stores and health food stores are full of low-carb food products; cookies, chocolate bars, even pancake mixes. One fad quickly replaces another.
It is true that by avoiding carbohydrates, you can lower your caloric intake. But in the long run, completely neglecting carbohydrates will ultimately be counterproductive. If you exercise regularly, carbohydrates will initially be stored not as fat but as fuel in your muscles to give you the energy for your workouts. A lack of carbohydrates may actually lead to injuries and loss of muscle. Therefore, any successful weight-loss program must allow your body the necessary carbohydrates to feed and replenish your muscles after exercise.
When the low-carb craze began, the medical community was quick to condemn it. The American Heart Association has just issued a statement condemning low-carbohydrate diets as hazardous to your health because they potentially promote heart disease. other doctors have warned of first of kidney problems, high cholesterol, bone loss, and many other undesirable conditions. These cautions are all in addition to the AHA’s more general criticism that low-carb diets simply do not work.
While I agree that complete restriction of carbohydrates is not an effective way to lose weight, I find these claims by the medical community to be an oversimplification of the case. The high protein content of many low-carb diets is unhealthy for people with kidney problems but not for the general population. While there is a possibility that the high-fat content of some diets may increase cholesterol levels, people can avoid this if they eat healthy fats such as olive oil, canola oil, or fish oil; only saturated fats such as those found in meat are linked to higher cholesterol levels. And while bone loss is a concern for older people who eat large amounts of protein, it can be prevented by taking extra calcium or vitamin D supplements and by exercising so not all alternatives to carbohydrates are bad ideas.
But are carbohydrates as super-fattening as the proponents of low-carbohydrate diets claim? Again, the truth is not so simple. The answer lies in both when you eat carbohydrates and the type you eat. Some carbohydrate foods, like those high in fiber, are not fattening at all, regardless of when you eat them. Even those that are fattening can still be eaten if you do it at the right time-for example after you exercise. As with all things in the Hormone Revolution program, by applying a method that takes your hormones into account, you can regulate how your body reacts to a certain stimulus. Rather than simply eliminating carbohydrates from your diet, instead, you can plan meals that contain high-quality types of carbohydrates to be eaten at a hormonally beneficial time-the best time being the Magic Window.