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Do low carb diets work?

Do low carb diets work?

low_carbFad diets are always a rage and every second client of mine wants a low carb, low fat diet. I have innumerable clients who are scared of carbohydrates. They want to stop eating rice but the burger at local eatery is okay. It is very easy actually to go on a diet where many starve and cut out all carbs. They end up eating very less calories and over exercising. Many lose weight this way to look good for weddings etc and then they let go of thier diet. Whoosh all the weight comes back and some of them even gain more.

Too rigid diets are very harmful as they usually are not balanced and are nutritionally poor. Very low food intake can make you tired, crabby and poor energy levels. Some lose hair, have lower levels of iron and end up have injuries due to over exercising.

We need to remove the mind block that carbs are bad. We need carbs for energy. But we need to eat the right carbohydrates, the correct amount within your caloric limit. It can hamper your metabolism as the energy levels are very low and will end up indulging in higher calorie foods.

Whole grain bread, oats, brown rice, legumes etc are the grains which provide good carbs and fiber. Fruits and vegetables are “good” or complex carbs. So each meal should have a proper combination of such carbs with lean protein. So do not worry about just carbs but also look at your portions of food if you are eating more than necessary then you will definitely gain weight.

http://nutrihealth.in/2008/07/2nd-burning-question-can-i-stop-eating-rice-to-lose-weight/ will tell you more on this topic.

A moderate diet and regular exercise helps a lot.

Switch to Brown Rice- Healthier Option

Switch to Brown Rice- Healthier Option

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Brown rice is simply white rice that has not had the brown-colored bran covering removed. So brown rice is considered a whole grain. The difference between brown rice and white rice is not just color! A whole grain of rice has several layers. Only the outermost layer, the hull, is removed to produce what we call brown rice. This process is the least damaging to the nutritional value of the rice and avoids the unnecessary loss of nutrients that occurs with further processing. If brown rice is further milled to remove the bran and most of the germ layer, the result is a whiter rice, but also a rice that has lost many more nutrients. Since brown rice still has the bran intact, it has more fiber than white rice. Most people prefer white rice since it is fluffier and cooks faster than brown. It has three times the fiber of white rice.

Health Benefits of Brown Rice :

  • Provides all necessary carbohydrates requirements.
  • Rich in fibers.
  • Helps control blood sugar.
  • Helps control cholesterol.
  • It is a body building food.
  • Beneficial for stomach and intestinal ulcers and for diarrhea. It is easily digested starch food.
  • Because of the mineral content, it supplies important nutrient for the hair, teeth, nails, muscles and bones.

Brown rice also contains nutrients like magnesium, manganese, and zinc. White rice has reduced levels of these nutrients, but if the fortified variety is more nutritious than plain white rice.