almondsLow Carb Diets are all the rage, and with plenty of scientific evidence to back them up, many people find satisfaction, comfort, and hope in the catchy phrase, “Eat Fat, Lose Fat”. Low Carb Diets are arguably the most popular form of dieting in the world, thanks in great part to the many fashion models, and Hollywood stars who swear by them, and to extensive, medical research.

Blood sugar levels in your bloodstream rise as carbohydrates are metabolized into glucose. This rise in blood sugar triggers the release of insulin that burns off the sugar as energy. Insulin performs a vital function in your body by bringing blood sugar levels down and under control. The problem is that fat produces insulin resistance, the fatter we become, the more insulin is needed, the more resistant we become, ad infinitum. This dangerous cycle results in disaster. Lo carb diets attempt to avoid triggering the excessive surges of insulin. Excessive insulin forces blood sugar (glucose) into your fat cells. Low Carbohydrate Diets maintain that too much insulin causes us to “get fat”.

The glycemic index (GI) was devised in 1981 in Canada by Dr. David Jenkins as a way to design diabetic diets. The higher the number on the GI, the faster the carbs are released. The carbohydrates that release quickly into the body are the ones that cause sudden surges in insulin. Over time, those high surges of insulin can cause the body to become insulin resistant (Syndrome X).

Carbohydrates are organic compounds that include starches, cellulose, sugars, and gums and serve as the primary energy source in our diet. starchy vegetables like potatoes, grains, pastas, and fruits are the most common carbohydrate foods in the human diet.

The carbohydrates that release quickly into the body are the ones that cause sudden surges in insulin. Over time, those high surges of insulin can cause the body to become insulin resistant (Syndrome X).

The Glycemic Index (GI) was devised in 1981 by Canadian Dr. David Jenkins as a way to help diabetics choose which foods best regulate insulin. The higher the number on the GI, the faster carbs are released.

Experts recognize many health issues related to blood sugar including diabetes, obesity, elevated triglycerides, heart disease, headaches, loss of energy, chronic fatigue, yeast infections, depression, and premenstrual syndrome. All of these may be treated successfully with low carb diets.

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