Science Is Catching Up to the Low Carb Lifestyle

Science Captures the Low Carb Lifestyle
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Science Is Catching Up to the Low Carb Lifestyle

Probably the most visible advocate since the low-carb weight loss diet approach was published is Dr. It’s no secret that he is Robert Atkins; The medical profession, in general, was unaffected. In fact, it could be argued that many doctors, researchers, and government agencies set out to try to persuade us to ignore such an approach to weight loss. Study after study was presented as evidence and to support their position. There was so much negative information in the media that it eventually became a weight loss method, something the participant didn’t talk about very openly if followed. It just wasn’t socially acceptable. This seems to be a common method of suppressing anything that isn’t the status quo.

But something happened on the way that started to change things. Low-carb weight loss advocates actually lost weight; most of it. They kept the weight off and had lower cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure results, fewer Glycemic attacks etc. They began to show signs of other health benefits, such as The pressure on the medical establishment began to increase and calls for more realistic research reached a very high level. Over time, these calls have resulted in an increasing number of studies showing that there may be some validity to the dietary approach. It was a start.

Given that more than 60% of Americans are overweight or obese, and a significant number of people suffer from related chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, the importance of providing safe, effective weight loss methods is critical. It seems that most diets fail. My impression is that our inability to persevere, the demands placed on us by our personal and professional lives, and the lack of long-term results are the main reasons for this failure. An approach that isn’t overly restrictive in food choices, offers initial weight loss success in exchange for a few weeks’ advance acceptance into the plan, and can explain, predict and help resolve plateaus deserves a lot of attention.

In fact, Gary Foster, Director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Temple University in Philadelphia, was quoted as saying recently: “We’re past the time when we can say that the Atkins diet is bad for you. It’s an outdated position. It’s a viable alternative for weight loss.”

It is important to note here that any approach to helping you lose weight after being safely reviewed by your healthcare professional is very beneficial and deserves consideration. Some are better suited to your lifestyle and preferences. If so, follow them.

Turning your initial weight loss into a complete lifestyle change should be your hope and goal. Let’s face it, unless the culprit is a specific medical condition, it’s our eating habits and lifestyle that create the problem in the first place. In my opinion, there is no long-term weight loss and maintenance of that weight loss if there is ultimately no lifestyle change. Reportedly, welcome to the notorious “weight-loss roller coaster” that can be dangerous in its own right.

Recently, a summary of 17 studies that followed more than 1,100 obese individuals who followed a low-carb weight loss approach provided some very interesting observations. On average, these dieters lost almost 18 pounds over the course of 6 to 12 months. At worst it averages 1.5 pounds a year. Who wouldn’t pre-register for this?

Our dietitians seem to improve their body shape by losing inches around their waists, but that’s not all. They’ve seen improvements in other categories as well. Specifically, areas such as blood pressure, blood sugar, blood fats, and good cholesterol improved, while bad cholesterol (LDL) remained unchanged. As a result, our dieters have become healthier, improving heart disease and other risk factors. Isn’t that the whole point?

I know that the medical profession is a dedicated, often selfless group of people. In addition to not straining us and curing our ailments, they are dedicated to preserving our better well-being. Now, to some extent, science is catching up with the low-carb weight loss lifestyle. I want more doctors to take a second look at this research so that it may become more common for those of us who follow this approach; to bring the good news to more people who will ultimately benefit.

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