Low-carb diets such the Zone and Atkins Diet are based on the idea that not all calories are alike. While many nutrition experts recommend fat reduction, low-fat diets are associated with the least calorie and energy expenditure. This means that low-carb diets offer metabolic advantages.
Dieters ditch pasta and bagels for lean meat, butter, and cream cheese. They lose weight and see an improvement in their cholesterol level, fasting blood sugar, and blood pressure. A study at John Hopkins has demonstrated that contrary to popular belief, reduced carbohydrate diets do not harm cardiovascular health. According to the researchers, low-fat nutritional approaches are to blame, to some extent, for the obesity epidemic. These diets restrict the consumption of foods that contain fat and encourage dieters to eat carbohydrate-rich foods. Such foods have more empty calories and are less filling. Low-carb plans, on the other hand, emphasize eating a balanced diet with a focus on healthy fats, protein, and dietary fiber.
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