“In a recently published study, patients following his advice lost almost 1½st on average, and 6in around the waist. *Results of a study done by Dr David Unwin, a GP in Southport, UK who tweets as @lowcarbGP.
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Today Dr Michael Mosley from “Mail Online” shares his insights into the humble beginnings of low-Carb diets and the reasons behind why they can help you burn fat and lose weight fast.
With all the fuss being made online around the Keto diet recently and how it was originally used in the 1920’s as a treatment for epilepsy.
Dr Michael reveals the Keto diet is actually just a “jazzed up” version of a low-carb, high fat diet dating back 150 years.
And maybe this earlier version may be a healthier and more balanced approach to eating.
I have recently returned from a trip to Taiwan where everyone seemed obsessed by the Keto Diet. For those not familiar, this diet, favoured by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Megan Fox, is a high-fat, very low-carb regime.
The idea is that eating minimal amounts of carbs will force your body to burn fat instead by turning fatty acids in your blood into ketone bodies.
The body (and brain) then uses these as fuel instead of glucose from carbohydrates.
Keto is a jazzed-up version of the age-old low-carb, high-fat approach, which was first written about by undertaker William Banting more than 150 years ago.
Banting, who was 5ft 5in and 14st, wrote a booklet entitled Letter On Corpulence, which detailed his attempts to tackle his obesity by eating a low-carb diet (though he didn’t call it that).
He gave up sugar, potatoes, beer and bread and instead stuck largely to meat, greens, fruits and dry wine. He lost 3st in a year, and his book became a bestseller.
And so the low-carb diet was born, popping up in a host of variations throughout history (the Atkins Diet, for example).
They are not greeted with much enthusiasm by doctors or dieticians as you have to eat a lot of fat.
Clinical trials, however, consistently show that low-carb diets are effective for weight loss, over and above low-fat diets.
But not all carbs are created equal; just as there are good fats and bad fats, there are good carbs and bad carbs.
The trick is not to cut carbs completely, but rather to be choosy about the ones you regularly eat.
They are easily digestible carbohydrates, meaning they are rapidly absorbed by the body, creating a big spike in your blood-sugar.
Instead, eat carbohydrates that contain lots of fibre.
Fibre reduces the blood sugar spike, provides protection against bowel cancer and feeds the ‘good’ bacteria that live in your guts.
Examples include vegetables, legumes – chickpeas and lentils – and wholegrains such as barley, oats, buckwheat, and wholegrain and rye.
And maybe a large number of the latest, brand new “what-ever-name-they-want-to-call-it” diets released on to the market.
Are just “jazzed up” versions of common sense and what foods we ate in times gone by.
When it was grown chemical free and a whole lot less processed.
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