From low-fat recipes to recipes designed for persons with diabetes, Elaine Magee, MPH, RD, shares recipes and advice to create healthy meals that are guaranteed to please. [Editor's note: Elaine no longer contributes to Silver Planet, but we have made her archived blog entries available as a service to our readers.]
The problem with many low-carb diets is that they aren’t necessarily low in calories, explains Dr. Joanne Slavin, a weight loss researcher from the University of Minnesota. These diets can also be tough to maintain because they ultimately limit variety. Despite what you may think, a diet lower in fat and higher in carbohydrates can indeed help you lose weight and improve your health. The key is to be smart about your food choices. According to Dr. Slavin, the healthiest diets are high in carbs, but you need to choose wisely. For example, we should capitalize on high-carb good guys like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes and minimize refined carbohydrates and sweetened beverages. Tufts University energy metabolism expert Edward Saltzman, MD, couldn’t agree more. Dr. Saltzman believes the low-carb craze crashed for the following reasons:
A Smarter Approach
Rather than focus exclusively on cutting out carbs, the healthier and more comforting approach is to eat fewer refined carbs and more “smart” carbs (those that contribute fiber and important nutrients and do not produce a quick rise in insulin levels: whole grains, vegetables, fruits, and beans).
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By Elaine Magee, MPH, RD
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