Most people have heard of good fats and bad fats. Hydrogenated, saturated, unsaturated, the list goes on.
We are also familiar with good cholesterol and bad cholesterol.
Now medical researchers are taking a closer look at “bad” fat. It is harder to lose this kind of fat and it is carried in the abdomen…commonly called the “gut”.
There is a normal bodily process called oxidation that occurs when our body burns fuel to function.
Oxidation is damaging to our bodies and is counteracted with antioxidants.
Everybody is talking about how important it is to have a lot of antioxidants in our diets. We get them from foods high in Vitamins E and C.
When there are too many by-products from the oxidation process, which is common in obesity, we end up in a state of oxidative stress.
Oxidative Stress leads to cardiovascular disease and inflammation (anyone experiencing painful joints?).
Of course, losing weight so we are no longer obese will reduce the high levels of oxidative stress.
However, according to an article in Diabetes Forecast, published by the American Diabetes Association, researcher, Dr. Abbas Kitabchi, the type of weight loss diet we are on is vitally important in affecting oxidative stress.
Studies have found that high carbohydrate diets actually cause more oxidative stress than high protein diets.
Dr. Kitabchi compared 2 groups of women; one group on a high carbohydrate diet and one group on a high protein diet. He measured their their blood pressure, blood glucose, and weight each week.
His preliminary findings are supporting earlier research results that a high protein, low carb diet results in lower oxidative stress and decreases associated health risks.
We’ve all heard of the Adkins Diet that just about eliminates carbohydrates from the diet. Although people successfully lose weight on the Adkins plan, it is a difficult diet to maintain for long periods.
A healthy balance between protein and carbohydrates is what is needed.
Dr. Barry Sears, author of Toxic Fat, teaches just this principle. His goal is not to take food away but make the foods we like to eat healthier.
Dr. Sears is experimenting with developing high protein bread products.
When we have a good balance of protein, carbohydrates, and good fat, then we should not be hungry again for about 4 hours after eating.
I am eager to keep an eye on this theory to see if it holds the key to effective weight loss for those of us struggling to regain a healthy lifestyle.
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