Sunday, July 12, 2009

Metabolism Foods - Nix That Low-Carb Diet

By Dan Beckwith

For the last several years, the biggest diet buzzwords have all been, low-carb dieting. While it's true that many of the high carbohydrate foods that we eat are not good high metabolism foods, our body does need carbohydrates for energy. It is not a good idea to totally eliminate carbohydrates from your diet. Here's why:

If you follow a low-carb diet for a long time, you run the risk of creating health problems. If you DO put yourself on a low carbohydrate diet, make sure it's only for a short period of time. Some of the health risks you face with long term low-carb dieting are truly frightening.

For one, diets that are high in animal proteins build up acids in your bloodstream that come as by products of digesting large amounts of animal protein. Unfortunately, our bodies leach calcium from our bones to neutralize these acids. This is a particularly severe problem for women and can can lead to osteoporosis over the long term.

Another problem with very low carbohydrate diets is that they can boost your chances of getting certain types of cancer. The American Institute for Cancer Research has found that low-carb diets that restrict vegetables, whole grains, and fruit (all excellent metabolism foods)...but are high in animal proteins, increase our cancer risks.

There's another problem with low carbohydrate diets, which is that they increase the amount of fats we eat. In fact, studies have shown that countries that consume vast amounts of fats also have the highest rates of breast cancer. Therefore, particularly if you are a woman, make sure you get a large amount of high-fiber metabolism foods in your diet to reduce your risk of breast cancer.

It's even more alarming to see that overly consuming saturated fat can increase the risk factors for raising so-called "bad" or LDL cholesterol, as well as increasing your risk of stroke and heart disease.

Many of us need to lose weight, and if this is going to happen, we need to include carbohydrates, proteins, and good fats in our diets. Yes, we need everything, including protein and fat, but we need them in the right proportion and we need the right kinds. There are quite a few high metabolism foods in each of the categories.

The only sure way to lose weight effectively and keep it off is to increase your metabolic rate with the best metabolism foods for your body. It's healthy to do this, too, as long as you do so safely. It's also a pretty simple thing to do and it's never going to mean you'll starve yourself. In fact, if you're hungry, you're not doing it right.

If you want to learn more about increasing your metabolism and metabolism foods, go to my website and get a free copy of my, "Fast Weight Loss Tips!" mini-course.

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