You will no doubt have heard of the no carb, low carb and other diets like the Atkins diet. In fact you probably typed some of these words into Google to get here! These diets have made enemies of foods like pasta, bread and cereals. Less well known is the Slow Carb Diet, a diet that is strongly advocated by doctors and health professionals due to its more balanced approach.
Atkins and no carb diets ban carbohydrates because when digested they turn into glucose which is carried through the body via the blood before being absorbed by cells and converted into energy. If this energy is not used then it is converted into fat. So these diets remove the root cause of the problem. Initial weight loss is usually dramatic but it is largely through the dehydration caused by the diet. Carbohydrates are an essential part of a balanced diet and are a key source of energy, especially for the brain and nervous system. When carbs are cut out completely, the body burns fat which produces a byproduct known as ketone. This causes undesirable side effects such as tiredness, weakness lightheadedness, nausea, bad breath, constipation, headaches etc. Furthermore, these diets are extremely light on critical ingredients such as antioxidants and fibre and if large quantities of meat are consumed can result in high blood pressure thus increasing the risk of heart disease. Carbohydrates should always be included in a healthy balanced diet. The key is eating the right type of carbohydrates and this is where the Slow Carb Diet comes in.
Refined carbohydrates include white bread, refined breakfast cereals, pastries, beer etc that are digested quickly putting the pancreas (the organ which removes sugar from the bloodstream) under strain. Excess sugar is then converted into fat. Some of you will have experienced ‘sugar highs’ after consuming these foods with many of you experiencing tiredness and lethargy only an hour after eating. Complex carbohydrates include lentils and other pulses, vegetables, fruits, oats, wholegrains etc that take much longer to digest and therefore provide a slower release of energy. These foods help you feel fuller for longer, killing those donut /crisp/ chocolate craving snack attacks, and also contain vital antioxidants and fibres.
The Slow Carb Diet provides simple rules that result in a high protein slow carbohydrate diet to promote weight (fat) loss with foods that leave you fuller for longer without the nasty side effects of other diets. Carbohydrate intake is in the form of pulses like lentils, black beans, pinto beans etc which also boost protein intake. These are combined with eggs, fish, chicken, lean beef etc and vegetables like broccoli, spinach, green beans etc. This leads to rapid fat loss and increased energy levels. Once you have achieved the desired results you can then reintroduce other complex, unrefined carbohydrates back into your diet such as oats, brown rice, wholegrain cereals etc.
My experience with this diet has been fantastic and I would now like to spread the word via this site. I hope you find this site useful and informative.