Is a Low Carbohydrate Diet a “Fad Diet”?
Earlier this week, the British Dietetic Association published its annual review of the top 5 worst celebrity diets to help you achieve weight loss and good health. A low carbohydrate diet was not on the list. In this blog we explain how this way of eating translates into a healthy balanced diet that will help you not only lose weight and inches, but also help towards improving your overall health.
When people hear the word low-carb, they instantly think Atkins diet – high fat, very low to no carbs. This confusion should be excused because the media rarely differentiate between low-carb and no-carb diets and even health professionals are frequently confused.
So how are you expected to make an informed decision that is going to benefit your health?
The Natural Low Carb Store way of doing things is quite simple. We promote a low-carb, moderate-protein, moderate-fat diet. Although we are in the same school of thought as Atkins, our approach to diet and lifestyle is different.
On our well formulated diet we embrace those carbohydrates that are based on dietary fibre rather than simple and/or complex carbohydrates. The difference between these carbohydrates is the way they are digested within the body. By choosing these vegetables and fruits, the essential micronutrient requirements are met whilst ensuring no blood sugar spikes in the progress.
The importance of fat in the diet is often taken for granted as fat has been on the receiving end of bad press for years. Fat needs to form part of a healthy diet as it is an important carrier of fat-soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K. Once fat is removed from the diet, deficiencies of these vitamins start to become apparent. Having said that, it is important to differentiate the good fats i.e. those found in full-fat dairy items full of essential micronutrients from bad-fats i.e. those found in deep-fried products, and mass-produced confectionary.
Protein in the diet is also critical as our bodies cannot store protein. Hence, we need a constant supply each day. Our bodies require protein to build muscle and repair any internal damage. One of the main arguments critics put forward against a high-protein diet is that it causes kidney damage however there have been no studies to show that high-protein diets cause any kidney damage or any other risks to human health.
Therefore the Natural Low Carb Store way is about making the right choices and having a healthy relationship with food.