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MYTH OF THE HIGH-PROTEIN/LOW-CARB DIETS

Posted Nov 04 2009 10:05pm

 Myth: High-protein/low-carbohydrate diets are a healthy way to lose weight. By Marie Dufour, RD 

Fact: Getting most of our daily calories from high-protein foods like meat, eggs, and cheese is not a balanced eating plan.

- Eating excess fat and cholesterol raises heart disease risk;

- Eating too few fruits, vegetables, and whole grains leads to constipation due to lack of dietary fiber and contributes to build-up of cholesterol in our body;

- A high-protein/low-carbohydrate diet may also make us feel irritable, nauseous, tired, and weak;

- Insufficient carbohydrates (less than 130 grams/day) lead to memory impairment and difficulty to concentrate on task;

- Eating fewer than 130 grams of carbohydrate a day can lead to the buildup of ketones in our blood.  This happens when fat is broken down for energy.  A ketone buildup (ketosis) can cause the body to produce high levels of uric acid, which is a risk factor for gout (a painful swelling of the joints) and kidney stones.

TIP – Losing weight is all about moderation.  Losing weight in a healthy way is about variety.  Not regaining the weight lost is about satisfaction. 

- Chose a variety of food, fill ½ your plate with vegetables, ¼ with starch and whole grains, ¼ with lean protein (white meat, egg whites, lean red meat, low-fat yogurt and milk products). 

- Eat a little less today than yesterday: use a smaller plate, a smaller cup, sit down at the table, and take at least 20 minutes to enjoy your meal.

…then, go on to your Sudoku and your crossword puzzle!

Filed under: diet, Atkins, diet, healthy eating, healthy living, low-carb diet, Marie Dufour RD, Mediterranean Diet, nutrition, obesity, weight control, weight loss

 Myth: High-protein/low-carbohydrate diets are a healthy way to lose weight. By Marie Dufour, RD 

Fact: Getting most of our daily calories from high-protein foods like meat, eggs, and cheese is not a balanced eating plan.

- Eating excess fat and cholesterol raises heart disease risk;

- Eating too few fruits, vegetables, and whole grains leads to constipation due to lack of dietary fiber and contributes to build-up of cholesterol in our body;

- A high-protein/low-carbohydrate diet may also make us feel irritable, nauseous, tired, and weak;

- Insufficient carbohydrates (less than 130 grams/day) lead to memory impairment and difficulty to concentrate on task;

- Eating fewer than 130 grams of carbohydrate a day can lead to the buildup of ketones in our blood.  This happens when fat is broken down for energy.  A ketone buildup (ketosis) can cause the body to produce high levels of uric acid, which is a risk factor for gout (a painful swelling of the joints) and kidney stones.

TIP – Losing weight is all about moderation.  Losing weight in a healthy way is about variety.  Not regaining the weight lost is about satisfaction. 

- Chose a variety of food, fill ½ your plate with vegetables, ¼ with starch and whole grains, ¼ with lean protein (white meat, egg whites, lean red meat, low-fat yogurt and milk products). 

- Eat a little less today than yesterday: use a smaller plate, a smaller cup, sit down at the table, and take at least 20 minutes to enjoy your meal.

…then, go on to your Sudoku and your crossword puzzle!

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