Due to increased popularity of diets like the Atkins Diet and the South Beach Diet almost a third of Americans suffering from obesity are cutting carbs from their diets in order to lose weight. The National Health Institute has issued a recent survey that actually supports this claim.
Where did Low-Carbohydrates diets actually come from?
In the year 1992 the USDA recommended people should eat a diet that consist of at least six to eleven servings of starches and grains on a daily basis. This suggestion was paired with the phrase “Low-carb.”
The popular Dr. Atkins diet was not the first commercial low carbohydrate diet. In fact, well over a hundred years ago in the year 1864 a man named William Banting wrote “Letter on Corpulence” which was a pamphlet that suggested a low carbohydrate lifestyle.
Although the pamphlet did not remain popular for very long it was not the end of low carbohydrate dieting. More diets came about at the turn of the century, but were not really as successful again until the 1970s when Dr. Atkins and Scarsdale released their own diets.
Atkins was, of course, the most popular since his diet suggested a person could eat as much as they wanted as long as they did not include any carbohydrates. Scarsdale, on the other hand, suggested a two week meal plan that refracted the dieter from eating many foods.
In the 1980s the USDA insured Americans eat more whole grains, and both of these popular diets became a thing of the past. Less than a decade later the low carbohydrate diet made a huge return to popularity. The Atkin’s Diet was no longer a just a diet but soon became a way of life.
The benefits of a low carbohydrate diet quickly became recognizable to more and more individuals as did the demand for various low carbohydrate meal plans and food products. This saw a major consumer and retail increase in all things low carb. The basic idea of a low carbohydrate diet was to avoid the over consumption of refined carbs which leads to massive storage of body fat. This is caused by too much insulin being produced in the body. The fat was mostly being stored around the abdomen.
Each diet was extremely different in one way or another, but all the diets had one basic thing in common. Each diet recognized the harmful way that too much insulin affected our bodies. Would not it be a wonderful thing if we could learn to be a part of this hectically fast paced society and still lower our carbohydrate consumption and be healthier overall?
Americans need easier solutions for their complex lifestyles as well as easier meal plans. A lot of gourmet foods are too hard to find and way too expensive. A lot of meals just take too long to cook. Recipes are too complicated and become too much of a hassle. Forget it! A low carbohydrate diet should be easily integrated into our current lifestyles. Either they do or they do not. Let’s take a look at how some do fit into our society today.
Good Carbs and Bad Carbs
In a nutshell, there are two kinds of carbohydrates, simple and complex. Some refer to them as bad and good carbs, fast and slow digestion carbs and other possibly confusing lingo. Here’s the scoop. There are 2 types of carbs. There are simple carbs and there are complex carbs. Many people simply call them the bad carbs and the good carbs or even the fast carbs and the slow carbs. Whatever you decide to call them the facts remain the same:
Complex carbs are found in foods that are high in fiber. These high fiber foods take a much longer time for your body to digest. Slow digestion is considered to be much healthier for you than the obvious alternative. Foods that contain complex carbs are among the healthiest you can choose. They include veggies, fruits, and the like and usually have a low glycemic index which is a pretty big deal when it comes to a low carbohydrates diet.
Simple carbs are found in foods that have a tendency to run right through the digestive system without offering your body very much nutrition at all. They will raise your blood sugar to its limits and then drop it immediately. Doctors recommend that this and the consumption of foods that cause it be strictly regulated. This can be a difficult task since these unhealthy foods are particularly among your favorites. They include such things as candy, cakes, cookies, and other sweets as well soft drinks and even some certain fruits and vegetables.
Choosing your Carbs
When choosing to cut carbohydrates from your diet the obvious choice should be the infamous simple carbs. It is not strictly necessary, however, to cut out the simple carbohydrates all together. A tasty snack every now and then is a great way to reward yourself as well as keep yourself from giving in to any desires you may have later on. Choose your diet and your carbohydrates wisely and be on your way to the new healthier you!