The problem is not getting smaller but bigger.
We have an obese epidemic
Ref: www.sasso.co.za, Hensrud D D , McMahon M M Mayo Clin Proc. 2006;81:S3-S4
UP to 29% of males and 68% of females in South Africa is regarded as either obese or overweight.
The health consequences are clearly visible all round:
- increased cardiovascular risk
- metabolic syndrome,
- over eating,
- lack of energy
A Lowcarb lifestyle advocates limiting or restricting the intake of carbohydrates.
Carbohydrates are a type of macro-nutrient found in many foods, drinks and sweets around us. Many carbohydrates occur naturally around but many are manufactured by food companies and added to food in form of starch and added sugar.
We are all inclined to consume too many carbohydrates especially refined carbohydrates such potato chips, cookies, fizzy drinks, pizza’s, diet shakes.
Carbohydrates also include foods such as milk, nuts, legumes, grains, seeds, starchy vegetables and fruit
A Lowcarb lifestyle may have certain health benefits:
- Rapid weight loss
- Reduction in serious cardiovascular risks associated with obesity.
- Better control of diabetes
- Reducing risk associated with metabolic syndrome
- Mood improvement
- More energy
Why reduce you carbohydrates
Your body uses carbohydrates as fuel by producing simple sugars through the breakdown of starches and sugars. These simple sugars are known as glucose and are absorbed into the blood stream. Glucose needs the help of insulin to enter the body’s cells. Glucose is used as a source of energy and the excess is stored in your liver, muscles and other cells for later use or is converted to fat.
Insulin may prevent the breakdown of fat by allowing sugar to be used as energy. By reducing the amount of carbohydrates that is consumed your levels of insulin is reduced. These lower levels of insulin allow for more fat to convert to energy resulting in rapid weight reduction and reduced risk factors for many health conditions.