Ways to Lose Weight Essay

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The difference between Restricted Carbohydrate Diet and Non-restricted Carbohydrate Diet

Today, the term "low-carbohydrate diet" is most strongly associated with the Atkins Diet and other diets that share similar principles. The American academy of family physicians defines low-carbohydrate diets as diets that restrict carbohydrate intake to 20 to 60 grams per day, typically less than 20 percent of caloric intake. Some low-carbohydrate diets may exceed one or more of these definitions, notably the maintenance phase of the Atkins Diet. There is no consensus definition of what precisely constitutes a low-carbohydrate diet. Medical researchers and diet advocates may define different levels of carbohydrate intake when
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People participated in a study conducted by Wells and Read in 1996 found out that they felt significantly less energetic and more tired and nauseated after consuming a low-carbohydrate and high-fat meal compared to participants who had a meal that contained 50- 60% carbohydrates. In addition a similar study conducted by Lloyd, Green, and Rogers in 1994 also concluded that a high fat meal causes participants in their study to report more negative feelings. Participants reported that although they felt that they had eaten enough food to satisfy their apatite they also reported that they had less energy and their overall moods shows more anxiety, despair, stress, frustration, and anger compared to other participants who consumed a moderate amount of fat.

Scientists believe the reports of negative moods such as the anxiety, despair, or lack of energy in people who diet eating a carbohydrate-restricted diet may be caused by a physiological reason in the brain. The brain, along with other organs of the body, uses the components of carbohydrates as its main resource for energy therefore when people who diet restrict the amount of carbohydrates in their diet they are also restricting fuel for the brain

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