One of the most attractive features of high protein/low carb diet plans is that they do not restrict calories. Rather, they focus on limiting carb intake.

High protein/low carbohydrate (carb) diets have become extremely popular with people trying to lose weight. Many of us spend a good portion of our adult lives on one diet or another, and most diets are neither easy to follow nor successful. All too often a person will gain more weight after their diet than they lost during it, particularly when following a diet that restricts caloric intake. By eating fewer calories less often, you lower your metabolic rate. As a result, when you go off the diet, weight gain occurs almost immediately.

One of the most attractive features of high protein/low carb diet plans is that they do not restrict calories. Rather, they focus on limiting carb intake. Carbs, in very simple terms, are sugars. Potatoes, pasta, bread, rice and fruits are all sources of carbs; when these foods are digested they are broken down into sugars by the body. As a society weíve become ďcarb crazy.Ē The average person consumes 170 pounds of sugar annually. This isnít surprising when you consider that a can of cola can contain 12 teaspoons of sugar!

In the past decade, our obsession with lowering fat intake has led food companies to replace the fat in their products with sugars. Accordingly, we see a multitude of low fat products that are extremely high in simple carbs. Weight gain isnít the only negative side effect of excessive carb intake. Links have been made between high carb intake and health conditions such as heart disease, premature aging, reduced immune function, fatigue, type II diabetes, acidosis, cancer, epileptic seizures in children, and candida, to name a few.

Although people are becoming aware that restricting carbs can result in weight loss, many donít understand how this process works. When you eat a high carb meal, your increased blood sugar stimulates production of the hormone insulin. As a side effect of insulin production, carbs are converted to and stored as fat. In addition, insulin stimulates your brain to produce hunger signals, causing food cravings. When carb consumption is limited, insulin levels decrease and glucagon levels increase. Glucagon is a hormone that allows the body to burn fat. During a time of limited carb consumption, your body also goes into a state of ketosis. During ketosis, carbs are unavailable so your body burns stored body fat for energy.
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