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Low-carb diets could make you FATTER

Friday 04/January/2019 - 09:35 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
Low-carb diets are 'damaging the nation's health' and fueling the obesity epidemic، Slimming World experts have said، according to the Daily MAIL.
'Carb confusion' has led to people failing to lose weight as avoiding carbs is unsustainable، they said.
The comments come after a survey found that more than a third (37 per cent) of dieters have used trendy low-carb diets.
Despite 'bewildering' messages، government guidelines say carbohydrates are needed as part of a health balanced diet for weight loss.
Many have attempted the diets، endorsed by the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Kim Kardashian.
Two thirds (66 per cent) of the 2،103 survey respondents have heard that low-carbohydrate diets are better for weight loss.
But following one has proved too difficult، as more than half gave up because they enjoy carbs too much (52 per cent)، 46 per cent felt too hungry، and 30 per cent found it boring.
Encouraging people to cut out bread and pasta is 'irresponsible'، experts at Slimming World، who commissioned the YouGov research، said.
'There is a deep-seated misconception that people should avoid carbs when they're trying to lose weight،' said Dr Jacquie Lavin، head of nutrition and research at Slimming World.
'Yet the truth is carbs play an important role both in a healthy diet and in sustainable weight loss – and the current carb confusion is fuelling the UK's obesity problem.
'Obesity not only has an impact on our own personal health but puts a massive strain on our National Health Service، which has to deal with a number of obesity-related conditions.'
But following one has proved too difficult، as more than half gave up because they enjoy carbs too much (52 per cent)، 46 per cent felt too hungry، and 30 per cent found it boring.
Encouraging people to cut out bread and pasta is 'irresponsible'، experts at Slimming World، who commissioned the YouGov research، said.
'There is a deep-seated misconception that people should avoid carbs when they're trying to lose weight،' said Dr Jacquie Lavin، head of nutrition and research at Slimming World.
'Yet the truth is carbs play an important role both in a healthy diet and in sustainable weight loss – and the current carb confusion is fuelling the UK's obesity problem.

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