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High Protein Diets not the best way for long term health and weight loss

Apr 16, 2018

Tracking carbs is the best way to keep pounds off??

FALSE: A balanced plan topped the usual technique of counting carbohydrates or fat grams in a study of adults who had recently lost a significant amount of weight. The least successful of the plans was the one that counted fat grams: It caused the biggest slowdown in metabolism, leading dieters to burn an average of 423 fewer calories a day. The carb-counting plan was problematic because it caused an increase in cortisol and C-reactive protein levels - factors that may elevate your risk of cardiovascular disease. In contrast, the balanced plan caused a less extreme drop in metabolism (under 300 calories a day) and didn't trigger any heart-harming consequences.

Balanced eating is so important for not only weight loss, but for long term health and preventing disease. I hear so many people getting fooled by high protein and low or no carb diets to lose weight. There is a reason they are called "fad diets", they are designed to sell books, or get people quick results that are not maintainable long term and are actually harmful to the human body. The human body is only designed to take in a certain amount of protein a day and beyond that, organs, like the liver and kedneys take on extra work and end up getting overworked, putting the body into an unhealthy state of ketosis. A low- Carb high protein diet program may lead to health complications such as gout, kidney stones, altered bone density, osteoperosis, and heart palpitations.

Research & Innovation

Boston Children's Hospital has a number of ongoing research projects and clinical trials examining the role of diet and health. These projects include the role of diet in on long-term health, bone health, inflammatory bowel disease, obesity, cancer, short bowel syndrome and many others.

Low glycemic index diet for prevention of heart disease, diabetes and obesity

A diet that emphasizes the type of carbohydrates rather than the relative amount of carbohydrate and fat is an effective way to prevent and treat obesity. This was the finding of a study led by David Ludwig, MD, PhD, director of the Optimal Weight for Life (OWL) program.

Other studies have shown that a low-glycemic eating plan has a number of other health benefits, including prevention of type 2 diabetes and heart disease. A low-glycemic diet emphasizes carbohydrates that are naturally high in fiber and low in sugar, such as fruits, non-starchy vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains.

Make this work for you: The study's balanced plan included lots of whole grains, fresh vegetables, legumes, fruits, nuts, healthy fats like olive oil, and lean fish and meats; it excluded heavily processed foods like white bread and instant rice. Known as "low-glycemic," this type of diet is based on regulating the body's blood sugar and hormone levels. It may also be the easiest diet to stick to in the long term because it doesn't restrict entire classes of food, notes lead study author Cara B. Ebbeling, Ph.D., of Boston Children's Hospital. For info, go to childrenshospital.org (search "low-glycemic diet" for shopping lists and other tips).

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