Low-Carb Diets

Thursday, June 09, 2016

A low-carb diet is a diet that restricts foods high in carbohydrates, including sugary foods and bread. It emphasizes foods with protein and fat, as well as healthy vegetables. Dr. Edward Hill tells us more about low-carb diets in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Foods get their calories from protein, fats and carbohydrates. Most of the calories you eat come from carbohydrates and fats. Carbohydrates are starches and sugars, which are in foods like bread, pasta and sweets. Low-carbohydrate diets cut down on the amount of calories you get from sugars and starches.

People on low-carb diets eat less bread, pasta, potatoes and rice. They usually eat more vegetables, meat, cheese, eggs and nuts.

People on a low-carb diet usually take in fewer calories, even though they are eating more protein and fats than usual. These diets may work better than low-fat diets when people first start dieting. After the first six months, though, they do not work any better than other diets.

If you have had a stroke or if you have diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol levels or kidney stones, or if you are pregnant, talk to your doctor before starting a low-carb diet. If you are on a low-carb diet, you should take a multivitamin and a fiber supplement every day.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.