Monday, July 20, 2009

Metabolism Foods - Not That Low-Carb Diet!

By Dan Beckwith

I know, I know...We've all heard the mantra "low-carb diet," and perhaps some among us have even tried doing it. And it is undeniable that a lot of the high carbohydrate foods we eat are not good as high metabolism foods, but we do need carbohydrates. They provide our bodies with energy. In other words, you should never totally eliminate carbohydrates from your diet. Why? Simple:

Low-carb diets can have long-term health risks. If you do get yourself involved in a low carbohydrate diet, make sure that you keep it short term. Some of these health risks are actually quite alarming.

One of the problems with low carbohydrate diets is that they're high in animal proteins. (Which is actually the whole point of the diet.) An unfortunate byproduct of digesting large amounts of animal protein is that they tend to build up acids in the blood. Our bodies have to neutralize these acids, and they take calcium from the bones to do so. This can lead to osteoporosis, which is inordinately dangerous for women.

Additionally, there is a higher risk of cancer with these types of diets over the long term. The American Institute for Cancer Research states that low carbohydrate diets that are low in whole grains, fruits and vegetables (all excellent metabolism foods) and at the same time high in animal proteins increase your risk of getting certain types of cancer.

Also unfortunately, low carbohydrate diets have the consequence of increasing the overall amounts of fat we eat. Countries with the highest amounts of fat consumption (especially saturated fat) have higher rates of breast cancer. there is a direct correlation. This is especially risky for women. Therefore, you should include a lot of high fiber metabolism foods in your diet.

Further, too much saturated fat in the diet risks raising LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), and can increase the risk of heart attack, cardiovascular disease and stroke.

To effectively lose weight, we need to include carbohydrates, proteins and fats in our diets. Our body needs them all - in the right proportions. There are many alternative high metabolism foods in each of the three categories that are healthier than others, but we need all three.

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.

To learn more about metabolism foods and the best ones for your metabolism - and how you can give it a boost, take a look at my website. While you're there, why not enroll for a free copy of my "Fast Weight Loss Tips!" mini-course?

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