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To carb, or not to carb?


Can a low-carbohydrate diet help you lose weight? Which low-carb vegetables are best?

In general, a low-carb diet focuses on proteins, including meat, fish, eggs, poultry, and some non-starchy vegetables. It will also exclude or limit most fruits, breads, sweets, pastas, grains, and often nuts and seeds.

The downfall of a low-carb diet is that when carbohydrate consumption is low, the body will respond by burning muscle tissue. You can feel tired and light-headed, nauseated or with a headache. Low carb diet followers often will have trouble concentrating, and LDL cholesterol levels (the ‘bad’ cholesterol) will often increase. And last but not least, the temporary weight loss you experience by following a low-carb diet, will return.

The best way to lose weight is to eat everything healthy in moderation – yes, including those below-ground vegetables! Limit your intake of breads, prepared meats and pastries, and instead work at burning more fat and calories through movement, with a few more walks per day added to your daily routine.

If we concentrate on these simple rules, we would all be much healthier and mobile.•

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Article originally appeared in our Silver and Gold magazine Winter 2017 issue. Click for more articles! www.silvergoldmagazine.ca

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