Body Wrapping and Weight Loss - Slim Down or Slim Scam?

By: Ronnie Bussey

One particularly enticing aspect of low-carbohydrate dieting isthat you can lose weight. The down side of it is, unless you arecareful, you can end up gaining it all back - plus more. Whilelow-carbohydrate diets do help you to lose weight, it's worthmentioning that it also takes some discipline to follow thedaily program and keep the weight off. Unfortunately, manylow-carb diet programs fail to include instructions for thenecessary lifestyle changes that must be put into place forlong-term success. Additionally, low-carb diets can literallyrob the body of certain nutrients which are beneficial in theoverall reduction of other potential health problems.

Know What You Are Giving Up.

Carbohydrates are typically found in fruits, vegetables, beansand whole grains (whole wheat breads, pasta and brown rice).These carbohydrates help to reduce the risk of heart disease,hypertension, cancer, diabetes and gastrointestinal disorders.To date, there is no evidence that high saturated fat, highprotein, low-carb diets are healthy if consumed over a lifetime.

Why Low-Carb Diets Work So Well.

Low-carb diets, as with all diets, work because people eat fewercalories while following them. On the low-carb diet, caloriesare lower because you are reducing or eliminating sugars,sweets, starches, fruits and vegetables. If at the same time,you substitute high protein and fat foods, which are filling,you will feel fuller and eat less.

On any low-carb diet a considerable amount of the weight lost iswater weight. Here's how it happens. Your body storescarbohydrates in muscles and the liver. Carbs are stored with 3parts water to 1 part carbohydrate. If you stop eatingcarbohydrates the body uses up its existing carbohydrate reserveto maintain your blood sugar. This releases lots of water. Thatis the initial "weight loss" that you experience on a low-carbdiet.

What Are Some Benefits of Low Carb Dieting?

Weight loss for the overweight helps to improve overall healthin many ways. It can reduce blood pressure, cholesterol andblood sugar levels. It can have positive effects on self-esteemand body image. It can be a great motivator for anyone who hashad difficulty losing weight following other diets.

The Low-Carb Food Craze: Pay More - Lose More?

Don't be fooled. These foods can have plenty of calories and areexpensive too. In the last few years, more than 1,000 productslabeled "low-carb" have made their way to grocery shelves. Toreduce the carbs, most products substitute soy flour orcellulose (not unlike wood pulp) for refined flour. They addartificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols, which have half toone-third the calories of sugar, instead of sugar... And taste isdefinitely not their biggest selling point.

Low-Carb Dieting Drawbacks.

Most people can only follow a low-carb diet for so long beforethey start craving some sweets or starches. The problem is thatwhen you start eating these foods again you will begin to retainwater and this will appears on the scale as "weight gain." Ifyou have been on a low-carb diet and want to work back to a dietthat includes complex carbohydrate begin by slowly adding smallportions of grains into your diet. (A slice of bread or ½ cuprice or potatoes.) Expect to see a few pounds of water weightgain but remember - it's not fat weight!

Cut The "Junk Foods" And Drop The Weight!

You don't have to follow a special low-carb diet to lose weight.Eating fewer high calorie and high fat foods and increasing yourexercise can also result in successful weight loss. I know,you've heard that before, but it really is true.

The average man eats about 2600 calories a day, the averagewomen about 1900. A pound of fat a week can be lost by reducingyour intake by 500 calories a day. One 20 ounce can of regularCoke contains 250 calories and a Snickers candy bar contains 280calories. Cutting down on sweets can produce weight loss withoutsacrificing overall nutrition. Add a mile or two walk, or jog,several days a week (100-200 calories burned) and you are wellon your way to weight loss. Cutting the "junk foods" can be astrategy in itself. At the same time, eat more fruits,vegetables and salads. Try filling up without "junking up" andyour chances of successful weight loss will increasedramatically

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