:: I'm sorry to upset you, but the low carb/high protein diet is just
:: that, a fad. Also, the 1950's were the Golden-Age of fad diets so
:: it's no surprise that this was spawned from that era. This is an
:: example of our society's ongoing search for the "quick-fix". It will
:: continue to be popular until the next mass marketed diet craze comes
:: Carbohydrates are critical to every day body functions.
Nonsense...provide one credible cite....
:: Without them the body has a hard time breaking down complex proteins
:: into the amino acids it needs, especially those found in vegetables.
First of all, we're talking low carb, not no carb. Secondly, nonsense. I
eat plenty of veggies and my body has no problems breaking them down.
Provide one cite!
:: Any vegetarian can confirm that. Their carbohydrate intake levels
:: are usually higher than the average meat-eater yet they stay healthy
:: and maintain weight.
There are plenty of overweight vegetarians and most of them eat refined
carbs while claiming to be vegetarians.
:: These low-carb diets tell people to avoid
:: starchy fruits and vegetables like carrots, potatoes, bananas,
:: beans, and corn, all of which are packed with vitamins, minerals,
:: trace elements, and fiber that are vital to good health.
You do know that there are other foods that are "packed" with vitamins,
minerals, trace elements and fiber, don't you? What about broccoli,
cauliflower, spinach, cabbage, greens, breen beans, kale, lettuce,
blueberries, strawberries, etc? One can name others too.
:: problem is that the people who practice these diets do not
:: understand what carbohydrates are.
Nonsense. You don't.
There are many different types
:: which are broken down into two basic categories, complex and simple.
:: The simple carbs are the refined sugars and starches. To the body
:: they are the equivelant of jet fuel and should be eaten in very low
:: levels. These are also the group of carbs that diabetics are mainly
:: concerned with since their bodies do not produce enough insulin to
:: efficiently break them down. Complex carbs are found in all plant
:: based foods that have not been tampered with by us. Their longer and
:: more complex "chains" provide the body with a steady energy supply
:: as well as many of the complex proteins, vitimins, and minerals
:: required for proper cellular function. Did you know that some
:: complex carbohydrates actually require more calories to break them
:: down than they provide the body. This, in part, is why even
:: sedentary vegetarians can maintain their weight.
Nonsense. Any diabetic who has learned to eat to his/her meter will tell
you the effect of eating a potato or banana on their blood glucose. The
bottom line is the number of grams of carbs consumed. Sure, refined carbs
are the worst of the lot, but starchy carbs simulate blood sugar swings in
those who are insulin resistant (most very overweight people) and hence they
want to eat more. That's why on most LC diet those foods are restricted
severely during the weight loss phase and added back in at limited
quantities for maintenance.
:: As a bodybuilder, it is essential that you understand how your body
:: works and uses the food you put in it or you're wasting your time.
Nonsense. All you need to do is start young, lift heavy, rest, and eat.
Then practice dieting. Being a bodybuilder doesn't make you an expert on
much other than perhaps how to execute movements.
:: Several weeks before a competition, most bodybuilders will reduce
:: their carbohydrate and fluid levels to a bare minimum. This is to
:: reduce body fat to a very low level and make the skin thin and
:: taught, allowing more muscle to be seen.
Nonsense. Reducing carbs to a bare minimum will not, in and of itself,
result in reduced bodyfat. You're going to need to restrcit calories
relative to maintenance requirements.
This is only done for short
:: periods because there's a problem. Because fat stores contain little
:: or no proteins, vitamins, or minerals the body will start to
:: scavenge what in needs from muscle tissue and internal organs.
Nonsense...What about the protein that comes from diet? Reducing carbs
doesn't mean reducing dietary protein.
:: is basicly what you are doing to your body when you deprive it of
:: complex carbohydrates.
:: No one yet knows what the affect these diets
:: may have long term. You could be doing irreversible damage to your
:: body by following these fads.
I'm in better health than I have been in years. I've been doing LC since
Oct 2001, too.
This is also the reason most of these
:: diets fail. When you deprive your body of something it needs it
:: sends you signals in the form of powerful cravings.
What a joke....
For most people
:: these cravings become too much and they binge to satisfy them,
:: eventually gaining all the weight back and then some.
A single binge won't result in gaining all the weight back. And if people
who have been LCing occasionally do eat carbys foods, it's only because they
taste good. Having them once in a while won't make much difference, as long
as they remain the exception rather than the rule.
This is the
:: body's way of protecting itself should you decide to do something
:: stupid like this again. This, in a nutshell, is why these fad diets
:: don't work and can be dangerous.
:: The human body is a magnificently complex machine. How your body
:: handles carbohydrates and other foods was determined by your
:: parents, your genetic makeup. Everyone is different and must fine
:: tune their diet and lifestyle to themselves. Be healthy in body and
:: One final note - Disagree with me if you will but if you are going
:: to insult me, please have the decency to improve your vocabulary and
:: spelling to at least mask your apparent ignorance.
Well, you've made your ignorance very obvious, Bubba.
:: Take care all & keep the faith -
:: curt <***@verizon.net> wrote in message
:::: Diet - Again, with your body type, a big obsticle is going to be
:::: your slow metabolic rate. Try to avoid simple carbohydrates
:::: (refined sugars, white breads, etc.) DO NOT do the low-carb/high
:::: protein fad diets. They are very unhealthy and any weight loss is
:::: temporary. Forget the three big meals a day thing and eat smaller
:::: meals more often and most importantly, learn to recognize when you
:::: are satisfied, not full! Other than that just try to eat a
:::: balanced diet and drink lots of water.
::: I would hardly call low carbohydrate diets a fad. They have been
::: around since the 50's that I know of. They are just in the news a
::: lot because people have wised up. A low carb diet is much more
::: than any fad. It actually works. You would need to at least read
::: the Atkins book to have an understanding of how it works, but I can
::: tell from your post you know nothing about it and just call it a
::: fad diet. You also have lots to learn about low carbohydrate
::: diets. Who do you think you are calling them unhealthy? Do you
::: know there are diabetics on this diet and now can go off there
::: medications? Do you know there are plenty of people that have lost
::: over 100 pounds and they keep it off with their knowledge of low
::: I suggest you stick to your X armature body building status and no
::: try and be a Doctor or nutrition.
::: If I was the original poster, the first thing I would do is cut the
::: carbs. What is funny, you suggested the same thing, but you just
::: don't like the works low carb.