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You have probably been dieting at least once in your life. You probably hate dieting. You are not alone. People love to be trim and healthy, but they hate to diet, and rightly so.

Dieting deprives us but we must know all diets are not created equally. There is one type of diet that lets you eat well and still lose weight; it is the much-touted low-carbohydrate diet.

What is the low-carb diet?

People diet for two primary reasons - to lose weight, to improve health, or both. If you are a healthy adult, within weight limits and without obese family members, the food pyramid recommendations of the USDA will work fine. That will last as long as you remember that the carbohydrates that are recommended are those contained in whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. However, even those who are healthy and who are not overweight can maintain their health and vitality by following a reduced carbohydrate lifestyle to stay health. For those who are overweight or who have diabetes, the low calorie and low fat diets recommended by the government do not work well. For diabetics, they can actually worsen the condition. The only diet that strikes at the real cause of obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, hypoglycemia, and type two diabetes is a low carbohydrate diet. Many doctors and nutritionists are now starting to recognize this fact. There are many different versions of the low-carb diets, such as Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution, Protein Power, Neanderthin, The Carbohydrate Addict's Lifestyle Plan, Life Without Bread, and many others. All of them have one thing in common, and that is a very strict reduction in the consumption of carbohydrates. Most low-carb diets replace carbohydrates with fats and proteins, and although diets vary in their recommendations, as a general rule, a low-carb diet is synonymous with a high-fat and moderate protein diet. Those on a low-carb diet should get at least 60 or 70 percent of their daily calorie intake from fat.

Carbohydrates should make up less than 10 percent, and in some cases, less than 5 percent of daily calorie intake. After being told for years to eat a low-fat, high-carbohydrate balanced diet, Americans are now the fattest people on Earth, and getting even fatter every year. The occurrences of adult-onset diabetes is also increasing, so we now know, because research has shown, that fat is not the enemy but carbohydrates are. On a low-carb diet, you can eat until you are full, as long as you eat only allowed foods. Allowed foods are meats, fish, poultry, eggs, and cheese, plus a limited amount of green vegetables. You should definitely stay away from foods that are on the not allowed list.

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