Educating people about diet and nutrition can be a very difficult task to do. As you know the public health system focuses on nutrition, vitamins, minerals by putting emphasis on calories and physical activity. A Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 highly recommends eating fruits, veggies, trans fats, fat-free, seafood, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and refined grains. The reality is that individually it is different from person to person.
Even do there are recommendations you can never know what is the best thing for you. Those individual recommendations only take into account factors like height, weight, metabolic function, waistline, BMI and body stature. They don’t consider any individual diseases like diabetes, lipid problem, obesity, high blood pressure and heart disease.
That’s one of the reasons why dietary recommendations should only be tailored to individual needs. For that low-carb diets have been debatable for years before. At first, they were demonized by the media and the so-called fat-phobic professionals.
Since 2002 there have been more than 20 studies on low-carb diets. What is noteworthy is that in each of those studies low-carb diets came way ahead of any diets that they were compared to. True fact… With the help of low-carbs, not only that you will lose weight by you will improve your overall well-being.
The following text contains 10 scientific proven health benefits of the low-carb and ketogenic diet.
A number of studies have confirmed that you will lose weight more quickly on a low-carb diet than on any other low-fat diet. That weight can vary between individuals.
Improving blood sugar
Low-carb diet reduces levels of glucose and glycated hemoglobin. This is very important for people with diabetes which recently is a very common thing among individuals.
Improving blood pressure
Hypertension or high blood pressure is an important risk factor that leads to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and etc. The low-carb diet can reduce the blood pressure and the risk of these diseases.
When it comes to cardiovascular diseases this is the number one risk factor. One recent study shows that by making a carbohydrate restriction your triglyceride levels will drop down significantly.
HDL (the good) cholesterol will improve
The name of the so-called “good” cholesterol is High-Density Lipoprotein or HDL. The best way to increase the levels of good cholesterol is by eating a lot of fat.
Reduced Insulin Resistance
People with metabolic syndrome are very much affected by insulin resistance. This means that the cells are unable to see the insulin and as a result, your body is unable to bring your blood sugar into your cells.
Insulin levels will drop
Hyperinsulinemia or high levels of insulin in the blood are another risk factor associated with coronary heart disease. It is very beneficial to have low levels of insulin. According to studies carbohydrates restriction significantly lowers the insulin resistance when compared to the low-fat diet.
Affecting your appetite (in a good way)
Probably the single worst side effect of dieting is hunger. Not only that but people are feeling miserable and willing to give up on their diets.
Improving the pattern of LDL-P
Another name for bad cholesterol is Low-Density Lipoprotein or LDL. People with high level of LDLD are more prone to heart attacks. Scientist has discovered that when you are on a low-carb diet it will turn LDL particles from very small to extra large, while at the same time reducing the number of other LDL particles that float inside your bloodstream.
Treating metabolic syndrome
If you didn’t know metabolic syndrome is a type of medical condition associated with diabetes and heart attack. It is a collection of 5 symptoms which can be dramatically improved if you are on a low-carb diet.