Why Low Carb?

Several years ago, I began to ask myself how it is that in the early 1970s only ~8% of men and ~12% of women were obese and now almost 22% of men and 19% of women are obese.  I wondered if the increase in overweight and obesity might be related to the recommendations for us to eat 45-65% of daily calories as carbohydrate and to limit all kinds of fat to 20-35%.  As I’ve continued to research and read studies, I’ve come to the belief that it may have been the simultaneously high intakes of both refined carbohydrates and industrial seed oils  (“polyunsaturated vegetable oils”) that could have created a perfect storm that underlies the high rates of obesity and chronic health conditions that accompany it. There is much we have yet to learn in this regard, but I have written some blogs on what I’ve read so far.

Since early 2015, I have come to the understanding that those who are insulin resistant or have Type 2 Diabetes (indications that they are not tolerating large amounts of carbohydrate well) could improve their health significantly by following a well-designed low carb lifestyle; including lots of vegetables, fatty fish, nuts and seeds, dairy products, fruit, as well as some poultry and meat – along with liberal amounts of quality olive and avocado oil. Such an adjustment in lifestyle seems worth making for the very real possibility of significantly improving, and in some cases achieving remission of symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes along with the related conditions of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

A low carb diet isn’t new – in fact eating less carbohydrate was the standard medical recommendation for what is now called Type 2 Diabetes, prior to the discovery of insulin.

There are several different ways to eat “low carb” and some approaches are better suited to specific conditions and individuals. There are many articles under the Food for Thought tab that explain more about this style of eating and the use of a low carb approach to improve symptoms of several medical and metabolic conditions.

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