low-carb diet

  1. Mediterranean diet can keep pounds off for good

    No gimmicks -- but it works

    Trendy diets come and go all the time. Cleansing diets, cookie diets, celebrity diets and how many people out there have a juicer gathering dust in a forgotten corner of the kitchen?

    Don't be shy, you're not alone -- Jack LaLanne was an excellent salesman.

    But there's one diet that's withstood both the test of time and rigorous scientific scrutiny. In fact, it's aced just about every study that's come its way.

    It doesn't make headlines because there are no gimmicks, no devices to buy, and no celebrities to endorse it.

    But it works.

    It's the Mediterranean diet, a sensible lifestyle with a wide range of healthy food choices that's scientifically proven to help people to lose weight and keep it off -- and a new study shows that it succeeds where most other diets fail.

    And that's in the long term.

    After six years, moderately overweight volunteers who tried a Mediterranean diet lost more weight -- and kept more weight off -- than those who were assigned to either a low-carb or low-fat diet.

    What makes this study even more amazing is that it only lasted two years, officially.

    In that time -- during the official study -- both low-carbers and those on the Mediterranean diet lost an average of about 10 pounds, while those who went low-fat lost 6.4 pounds.

    Then, they were free to go ahead and do whatever they wanted. Amazingly, not everyone ran right out to McDonald's. Many of them stuck to their diets, on their own.

    And four years after the study ended -- six years after it began -- everyone regained some weight, but the Mediterranean dieters regained the least.

    They were 7 pounds lighter overall, on average, while the low-carbers were nearly 4 pounds lighter. Those on the low-fat diet, on the other hand, regained nearly everything.

    The benefits didn't end there. The patients who stuck to the Mediterranean diet had the biggest improvements in LDL cholesterol levels, and just about tied with the low-carbers for improvements in triglycerides.

    The study didn't track everything, but we know from other research that people who follow the Mediterranean diet get a bunch of other great benefits, too -- including a lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, and more.

    One study I told you about recently even found that Mediterranean dieters have better overall physical function and mental health, higher levels of vitality, and lower levels of pain.

    It's not just that the Mediterranean diet is better than all the other diets, although that's certainly part of it.

    No, the real reason is that many diets -- even the healthy ones -- are often far too difficult for people to follow over the long term. Who can count calories every day? Who has the willpower to give up bread forever? Who can live off "low fat" foods all the time?

    The Mediterranean lifestyle solves all those problems and more by offering a wide range of delicious foods, few sacrifices, and absolutely no math.

    Just stick to sensible portions and give up fast food, processed foods, and the worst of the snacks and you'll find out firsthand why this diet doesn't just work -- it lasts.

  2. Diabetics should concentrate on a low-carb diet

    Low-carb beats low-fat for diabetics

    If you're diabetic, fighting the disease is only half the challenge. The other half is fighting off all the bad advice.

    Diabetics are routinely told to keep eating a diet relatively high in complex carbohydrates. It's even at the heart of the recommendations from the American Diabetes Association despite the fact that carbs cause blood sugar levels to spike and crash.

    It's that constant cycle of highs and lows that builds insulin resistance and causes diabetes in the first place, so it's no wonder that people who keep eating carbs only get sicker and more dependent on drugs and insulin injections.

    Now, a new study paints a clearer-than-ever picture of this ultimate vicious cycle as Swedish researchers put 61 diabetics onto either a diet high in carbs -- a diet roughly in line with what the ADA recommends -- or one high in protein and fats, but low in carbohydrates.

    Both groups lost an average of nearly 9 pounds over six months -- but the benefits ended there for the low-fat dieters. Those who went low-carb, on the other hand, saw drops in blood sugar levels significant enough to reduce their need for insulin by 30 percent.

    They also had increases in HDL "good" cholesterol as well as no change to their LDL levels (although we know from previous studies that diets low in carbohydrates increase the size of LDL particles -- and when it comes to particle size, bigger is definitely better).

    But, like I said, this shouldn't surprise anyone who's been paying attention to the science. Just bear in mind that these aren't necessarily the benefits of consuming more fats so much as the benefits of consuming fewer carbs, especially refined carbohydrates.

    In other words, you can get these benefits without having to go onto one of the more extreme high-fat, low-carb diets, such as Atkins, which may be difficult for some people to follow.

    Instead, consider the Mediterranean-style diet. It's rich in lean meats, fish, and protein and low in refined carbohydrates -- but still allows for some of the whole grains that you can't always get away with on Atkins.

    It'll work miracles for both your waistline and blood sugar levels, and allows for enough variety that you'll never get bored and return to your old bad habits.

  3. The part-time diet that really works

    Researchers put women on a low-carb diet up against women on a low-calorie diet -- but with a huge catch: The low-carb eaters would stick to the plan for just two days a week… and eat whatever they wanted the rest of the time.
  4. Dangerous meds for little girls

    An outrageous new study is pushing powerful diabetes meds on girls as young as 8 years old who don't even have the disease in a bizarre effort to preserve their fertility decades later.
  5. Diabetics can go nuts

    Well whaddaya know -- it turns out small changes in your diet can lead to small changes in your health. Researchers asked diabetics to replace a little of their daily carbs with either more carbs or nuts... and found that those who went nuts had slight improvements in blood sugar and cholesterol levels.
  6. The cancer-busting diet you can start today

    What do tumors and bellies have in common? They both get bigger on a high-carb diet.
  7. The carb-kidney connection

    A low-carb diet won't just help diabetics lose weight, seize control of their blood sugar and lower the risk of heart problems--it can also turn back the clock and undo some of the disease's deadliest damage.

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