The keto diet, which promotes high protein and little to no carbs, tricks your body into burning fat instead of carbs for energy. grandriver/Getty Images The keto diet is popular once again: Instagram has millions of keto-tagged posts; Pinterest is brimming with keto meal ideas; and books about ketogenic diets are among Amazon's bestselling special diet titles. Funny thing is, a true ketogenic diet initially wasn't even meant to help people lose weight. In the 19th century, it was used to manage diabetes. And by the 1920s, doctors put children with drug-resistant epilepsy on the diet after discovering that fasting helped reduce their seizures. Recent studies show that a ketogenic diet may also help with other neurological disorders, including ALS, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's and even depression. How it Works First and foremost, the keto diet mimics the metabolic effects of fasting by forcing your body to use fat instead of carbs as its primary source of energy. That process … [Read more...] about The Keto Craze: Does the Diet Live Up to the Hype?
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Schwarzbein Principle Diet ©2006 Publications International, Ltd.A typical meal might include scrambled eggs and sausage. The Schwarzbein Principle prohibits refined carbohydrates and other high glycemic-index foods. Learn more in this section. Schwarzbein Principle: The Premise As suggested by the subtitle, The Truth About Weight Loss, Health and Aging, this book is about adjusting your diet to curb disease, turn back the biological clock, and lose weight. Endocrinologist Diana Schwarzbein offers her own version of a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet that she says will help control insulin. High insulin levels, the result of a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet, are responsible for a wide variety of ills, accelerate the aging process, turn off your metabolism, and cause weight gain, food cravings, depression, and mood swings, according to Schwarzbein. Instead of using a food pyramid model, she has developed a food box representing four food groups -- proteins, fats, … [Read more...] about How to Lose Weight on a Low-Carb or Glycemic-Index Diet
Low-carb diets have been a trend for the past several years. See more weight loss tips pictures. (c) iStockphoto.com/photoangelina You hear about low-carb diets everywhere -- there's the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, the Hampton's Diet and the 30-day Low-carb Diet Solution. All sorts of people are trying some form of low-carbing, from movie stars to your mailman. In fact, there's a good chance that as you're reading this, you're also thinking about a co-worker or relative that has recently lost weight on one of these plans. You might even be trying a low-carb lifestyle yourself. Some people are totally behind the idea and really do consider it a true diet revolution but others think it's yet another passing trend. For years the medical community has recommended a balanced diet -- rich in complex carbohydrates with lots of fiber and vegetables, and a limited intake of red meat and fatty foods. Low-carb plans advise something almost completely opposite. So, what's the real … [Read more...] about Lo-carbing Basics
Who doesn't love to snuggle down into a dark theater with a huge tub of buttered popcorn to watch a great movie? Your body — that's who! Noam Galai/Getty Images Hey, movie theater popcorn — you salty siren of the cinema — word's out your kernels are covered in chemicals. With no transparency in labeling, how long have you lured moviegoers to the concession counter only to seduce and deceive us with your faux golden, pseudo buttery deliciousness? Not to mention all the big bucks we've spent on those big bogus buckets of you that we so earnestly munch in the dark. Just because it turns out you're inadvertently vegan and gluten free still doesn't mean you're good for us. So, what the heck are you made of anyway? Meet movie theater popcorn's three main ingredients: Flavacol, butter flavored topping and, wait for it – buttery flavoring. Yum! Flavacol is a seasoned powder that goes on the corn before it's popped. It contains only four ingredients: super-fine salt, … [Read more...] about What the Heck Is in Movie Theater Popcorn?
Sushi rolls topped with roe and heavy sauces, and dipped in wasabi and soy sauce can be packed with sodium and sugar. eqsk134/Getty Images Seafood's got a justified health halo: It's generally lower in calories than other proteins, with beneficial fatty acids. So it's easy to assume that sushi is also healthy. Problem is, all the things rolled up with that heart-healthy tuna and salmon roll can add up — in calories, sodium, fat and carbs. In fact, some of the most popular sushi rolls can have half a day's worth of sodium, turning your sushi night out into a not-so-healthy meal. First, some food purists might disagree, but sushi has long been a platform for flavors. Sushi's origins trace back to prehistoric times, when people living in Southeast Asia's mountain regions packed fish with rice and pressed it down with weight to preserve it. The rice produced lactic acid as it fermented, pickling the fish, which sometimes took up to a year. When it came time to eat, people tossed … [Read more...] about Your Sushi May Not Be as Healthy as You Think