Essay Low Carbohydrate Diets

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Low Carbohydrate Diets

What is a carbohydrate?

A carbohydrate is a member of a large class of natural organic substances. Carbohydrates are in almost everything we eat, sometimes in very small amounts but often times in substantial quantities. Some examples of common carbohydrates are sugars, starch and cellulose. Carbohydrates are important because they provide a storage of energy in our bodies that is quickly accessible. In fact, carbohydrates make up the major source of dietary energy for people all over the world (Stephen 1995). In addition, carbohydrate intake increases levels of a substance called tryptophan in the body, which releases serotonin in the brain. Whether this phenomenon affects our hunger and eating habits is
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The majority of low-carb diets are based on the assumption that "obesity and most of its related problems are often (maybe even usually) caused by an insulin problem, not chronic overeating, fat consumption, or refined sugars per se" (http://www.syndicomm.com/lowcarb.html). Therefore, a low-carb diet seeks to curb carbohydrate cravings by lowering overall carbohydrate intake. The philosophy of low-carb diets is that when the cravings have subsided, not only will carbohydrate intake be substantially lower, but food intake in general will decline, resulting in weight loss. There are many low-carb diet plans that are available. Some of the most popular include:

Entering The Zone", by Dr. Sears

Dr. Atkins low-carbohydrate diet

Dr. Richard Heller and Dr. Rachel Heller's "Healthy For Life"

and "The Carbohydrate Addict's Diet"

Dr. Michael Eades and Dr. Mary Eades "Protein Power"

(http://www.syndicomm.com/lowcarb.html)

The philosophy is that by restricting carb intake, the cravings for carbs will subside, resulting in a decline in overall food consumption and weight loss.

Are low-carb diets effective?

Will I lose weight on a low-carb diet?

The web contains countless testimonials from people who have successfully tried low-carb diets. They maintain that they no longer crave cookies and junk, nor do they have carbohydrate binges any longer. The
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