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Low-Carb Diets: Too Risky?

You know which diets we are talking about ... the ones where you have to eat the same breakfast every day or gorge on a meats-only diet plan. The important question is do any of these fad diets actually help people lose weight and keep it off?

This might seem like common sense, but your body needs a wide variety of nutrients and adequate calories to fuel basic functions. Unfortunately, many of today's "quick weight loss" plans advocate a menu that relies very heavily on one nutrient, while virtually eliminating another ... and there's nothing wholesome or healthful about that.

What's up with low-carb?

Many high-protein diets emphasize foods from animal sources that are rich in both protein and saturated fat, such as meats and eggs, while limiting carbohydrate foods such as cereals, fruits and low-fat milk products. We're not saying a nice dinner with some salmon isn't a great way to get your daily amount of protein. But eating large amounts of high fat meats, (sorry, that includes bacon), over time has been shown to increase the risk for heart disease and certain types of cancers. Although eating a portion of protein is essential for any healthy diet, mixing in healthy carbs, along with fruits and vegetables are also important for your overall health and wellness too!

The bottom line is that extreme diets often result in rapid, temporary weight loss, but it's mostly due to loss of body fluids. A variety of foods, especially fruits and veggies, can give you the energy and nutrients you need to get your weight loss plan on the right track in a wholesome way.