Low-Carb Diets Can Help You Achieve a Healthy Weight

by Dr. Stephen Sinatra
Filed Under: Heart Health, Cholesterol, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 02/06/2014

Many of today’s fad diets revolve around modifying insulin resistance by consuming low-carbohydrate, higher-protein foods and also advocate eating foods high in saturated and monosaturated fats and dairy products. Although I advocate this form of eating, if you do not choose organic this type of diet is likely to contain high levels of insecticides, pesticides, and radiation. In the long run, this may increase your risk of cancer of the bowel, prostate, and breast and can increase your heart risk factors.

Also, as you start to lose weight your body is forced to break down stored fat for energy. The late Dr. Atkins who used a very high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet actually created a form of ketosis that inhibits the appetite--but I feel that this degree is a little bit extreme.

Based on this, I suggest that anyone trying to lose weight adhere to a diet akin to my Pan-Asian Modified Mediterranean diet, making sure to eat fresh fish at least two to three times a week. You can also enjoy fresh fruits, legumes, cold-water fish such as salmon, sardines, and mackerel or fish oils, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which blocks the inflammatory and blood-clotting capabilities of Lp(a).

I’d also urge you to continue to use organic saturated fats from grassfed beef, bison, and free-range chicken as well as organic butter. I also like monosaturated fats like olive oil and nuts, and polyunsaturated fats like alpha-linolenic acid found in flaxseed and chia seeds to some degree.

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