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The Hidden Dangers Of Low Carb DietsBy: DAVE WOYNAROWSKI, M.D.
The World's Top Anti-Aging Specialist
The low carb diet phase has been sweeping the country for some time now.
It has gotten to the point where entire companies are being put out of business because they do not offer low carb alternatives to their traditional products.
While I personally follow what would be considered by most to be a low carb diet, I want to point out the dangers of such a diet and what I do to avoid them.
But first let me say that most people are really not in danger from these diets because at least ¾ of them do not stay on them long enough to do any harm or good!!!
In general it takes about 6 weeks to see much benefit from these diets and not inconsequently, this is about the time it is safe to say on them.
After that serious alterations in the body's biochemistry may occur.
In a sense the information in this email will enable you to extend the window of safety that exists for these diets.
First let's talk about what is good about low carb/no carb diets.
The major benefit comes form the fact that they dramatically reduce insulin levels.
With the epidemic proportions of Type 2 Diabetes in this country, this can only be a good thing.
What happens in most people as they age is their ability to process sugar declines. Much of this is due to the fact that over a lifetime their pancreas (the organ that makes insulin which lowers blood sugar) has been exposed to far too high levels of sugar.
As a result it's had to crank out far too much insulin. Couple that with the fact that with the fact that many of the body's cells actually reduce their insulin receptors when exposed to too much sugar and you have the recipe for obesity and insulin resistant (type 2) diabetes.
By dramatically reducing insulin levels and blood sugar levels low carb/no carb diets promote the use of fats as the main fuel.
This can initially lead to lower blood fat levels and possibly lower cholesterol levels.
In order for the diet to be effective as a weight loss aid however, the number of calories consumed still has to be less than the number of calories taken in.
Any other situation and you will not lose, and possibly gain weight. So stuffing yourself with low carb foods does not automatically lead to weight loss.
Fortunately fat in the gut acts to reduce appetite as I pointed out in the May 10th email "How to Lose Weight and Burn Fat Faster than you ever dreamed possible even if your Metabolism is as Slow as Molasses in an Alaskan Winter!"
Finally and this, may sound very familiar to you, hyperinsulinemia (too much insulin from too much sugar consumption) is an inflammatory state!
Recall that inflammation is at the root of many many disease of aging such as heart disease, strike, high blood pressure arthritis and Alzheimer's to name a few.
If this is so, where do these diets go wrong?
The main problems are 2.
First, people do not consume enough anti-oxidants on these diets because in many cases they do not consume enough raw vegetables such as broccoli and cauliflower.
Next fruits are considered "free foods". Many fruits have a very high glycemic index and glycemic load.
Glycemic index is how they compare to table sugar or concentrated sugar water depending on the scale you are using.
Glycemic load is the total amount of sugar in the food per serving size.
Examples of high sugar fruits include bananas which many people are eating for potassium, grapes, water and most other melons.
All fruit juices should be avoided on these diets!
Fruits that are ok for consumption on low carb (but not no carb diets) are most berries, apples, oranges (not orange juice!) pears, and apricots.
STOP!!!! Read this again. I am not talking about normal eating here. I am talking about low/no carb diets.
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