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Low Carbohydrate Intake Equals Weight Loss?
by Dr. David Klurfeld, nutrition scientist,
Chair of the Department of Nutrtion, Wayne State University

Diets low in carbohydrates and high in protein have become quite a fad in the last couple of years, primarily as a result of several best selling books like The Atkins Diet Revolution, Enter The Zone, and Sugar Busters. Although the books are written by physicians and a Ph.D. in biochemistry, they have very little support from people trained in nutrition.

Every healthy diet around the world is based on the bulk of it coming from complex carbohydrates. Asians don’t get fat eating bowls of rice. Almost no civilizations evolved eating high protein and low carbohydrate diets. High protein diets tend to be high in fat, particularly saturated fat. High protein diets stress the kidneys and may contribute to high blood pressure over the long term. These diets also restrict fruits and vegetables. More fruits and veggies are what most of us need.

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Figure the actual calorie count of a typical day’s menu from one of these books and it comes out to 1500-1700 per day. Eat anything you want in this calorie range, combined with moderate physical activity, and you will lose weight.

Forget the distorted biochemistry they present; it just doesn’t hold up against the majority of research. Eat sensibly because another fad diet is sure to pop up soon.

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