For the past 40 years we’ve been told to reduce our intake of fat, particularly saturated fat and to eat the majority of our calories from carbohydrates, and this has formed the modern diet in most countries across the globe. But research into obesity trends has shown that our waistlines are getting bigger, not smaller. Global obesity and overweight numbers have risen from 857 million people in 1980 to 2.1 billion people in 2013. Clearly what we’ve been doing isn’t working.
So what if it isn’t dietary fat after all but too many carbohydrates that has made us fat? Well there is plenty of research to support this and many
nutrition industry experts are advocating a diet low in carbohydrates with good fats and adequate protein for long term weight and health maintenance.
How does a low-carb diet work?
Well, for a start you don’t have to count calories, you don’t have to give up eating any meals and you certainly won’t go hungry!
Most other diet programmes are based on calorie counting, which is not only complicated, but over time can also slow down the metabolic rate making weight loss is very difficult to maintain.
But a low-carb diet is different; when you eat fewer carbohydrates than you need for energy, the body switches from burning glucose to burning fat
instead to meet energy demands. This means that the weight you lose comes from fat, not from muscle, an important distinction for maintaining your metabolic rate and body tone.
Restricting calories by simply eating less food is not the answer for long term success; you need to specifically reduce high carbohydrate foods and reduce insulin to ‘switch on’ the fat
A nutritionally sound and safe weight management programme is one where you eat regular meals with an emphasis on lots of green leafy vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats and plenty of water and where regular exercise is also encouraged. The New Image Weight Management Clubs offer all of this support and more.