LOW CARB Diet Really Means SLOW CARB!
August 16, 2012 By: Barbara Downes
Every day in my Bio-Transformation Holistic Health practice I get questions about low carb diets which are all the rage among the super-skinny Hollywood types. In fact if you go to LA and order a burger they will ask if you want a bun or a lettuce wrap around it. For good reason, simple carbs, aka fast carbs or starches, like bread, make us thick and sick!
Too often people mistake a low carb diet to mean that all carbs are bad for the body which is a dangerous concept. There are good carbs and bad carbs. In fact I wish they were two separate entities or that we could switch the name to LOW STARCH diet. In addition, too much protein ingestion has dangers, tissues can become brittle and it can tax the kidneys irreversibly.
That said, we must take stock in the good carbs or as they are now known, SLOW CARBS. Formerly considered complex carbohydrates, these are healthy carbs that digest slowly and affect blood sugar very slowly in our bodies. Simple or fast carbs rapidly change blood sugar levels and have a huge impact on body stores of fat as well as set the stage for metabolic disasters like diabetes.
Slow Carbs or healthy carbohydrate sources have great amounts of vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber. Fiber gives a sense of fullness as well as a function of inner cleansing. I just ate two cups of Organic Sweet Baby Lettuce through my work day which contains in total less than 3 grams of carbohydrate. It also has a gram of protein, a gram of fiber and a lot of Vitamin A. I’m ok with that kind of carbohydrate snack!
If you are having weight issues and choose to approach it with the Slow Carb approach it is quite easy. Find a carb counter online and keep track of what you eat. I like fatsecret.com and it is free. Try to maintain less than 72 g of carbohydrates per day. Vegetables generally have a low count, and starches like bread, white potatoes and pasta are high in total carbs by contrast. By using a counter you will be able to make choices that provide the most nutrition, and assist your metabolism and gut flora as well.
Weight issues are not always this simple, however, carbohydrate management it is a good place to start. The discipline will pay huge dividends in health and stealth. You will look and feel better! There are many cases where we must look further to hormone balance, and function of the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid and adrenal glands, etc. My experience is that when the fast carbs are eliminated and good healthy ones increased dramatically, these other problems are much easier to determine and cure.
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