Halal ketogenic kosher vegan dieting

Everyone, at one time or another, thinks about dieting.There are so many diets to choose from. There are at least 38 different diets that deem some worthiness. There are actually hundreds of dietary methods. Dieting and choosing a diet often seems punitive and often require lifestyle discipline. For most, the menu is confusing. For many, it has been coded by deities. Is one better than the other?

There are many faiths and religions covering billions of people that faithfully follow divine diets. People seem to follow diets based on godliness than health and wellness. Are they healthy in today’s times? Were they ever designed for the healthy lifestyles we seek?

Indeed, virtually all diets require enduring faith. For many people, religions have established blueprints with no second-guessing. But do those diets deliver health benefits or were they designed to counter pantheist and pagan cultures that lived concurrently? Diets often tend to fail but, with help of gods, faith is often more esteemed than will.

Diet is considered a four-letter word. Diet isn’t one of those words .For many people in western civilization, to follow a diet as a healthy lifestyle, is considered a torrid road to Inferno. Historically, dietary lifestyles were bound by divinity, evolution of tools (i.e. veganism), and science (i.e. ketogenic). The latter trail behind lifestyle followers of those that have divine origins. We will be discussing Islamic Halal, Jewish Kosher, Garden of Eden’s Vegan, and scientific Ketogenic.

Over 1-1/2 billion people follow halal and kosher dietary rules that have come from divine origin. There are also special dietary laws for Buddhism, and Hinduism. Christianity did not develop elaborate dietary rules and customs. This probably grew out of the controversy between the Judaic and Greek Christians and the Roman church during the earliest years of Christianity. It is believed that Jesus and Mary followed kosher laws and vegetarian diets.

When it comes to ritually slaughtering meat and the prohibition of pig meat, halal and kosher follow very specific and similar laws. Halal adheres to Islamic law, as defined in the Quranran. Virtually all vegetarian cuisine is halal if it does not contain alcohol. The most common example of non-halal (or haram) food is pork (pig meat products). While pork is the only meat that categorically may not be consumed by Muslims (the Quran forbids it Sura 16:115), other foods not in a state of purity are also considered haram (not halal).

Kosher follows specific laws throughout several passages of the Torah or Five Books of Moses.. A kosher species must be slaughtered by a Shochet, a ritual slaughterer. Since Jewish Law prohibits causing any pain to animals, the slaughtering has to be effected in such a way that unconsciousness is instantaneous and death occurs almost instantaneously. In kusher, animals must chew their cud and have a split hoof. Poultry (birds) and fish also have specific rules. All ritually slaughtered must not be from a predator species. In addition, meat and milk must not be consumed together.

The key elements are that health is not subscribed to either halal or kosher, other than the animal must be a healthy one. These rules are found in the scriptures of divine origins. That means fat and cholesterol issues of today, were not included. Nor were mortality statistics or current diseases.

Yet, most Jews and Islamic people have followed these rules for thousands of years, without question. These have been deeply integrated into their lifestyles through setting up homes and abstaining from certain foods. means abstaining from the use of alcohol (Islam) and pork or from things which contain the by-products of those. This accounts to over 1-1/2 billion people following the precepts set a long time ago through divine scriptures.

The divine scriptures have also places a focus on the vegan diet. It begins at the creation of the world. “And to every beast of the earth, and to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” —Genesis 1:30. It was really afterwards that the Lord starting granting compromises about meat. Vegans, as individuals, usually don’t think about the Genesis quote but following a vegan diet does require some religious fervor.

Vegans have many different motives for choosing an all vegetable, fruit, and grain diet. For those seeking weight loss, some vegans actually gain weight. There is considerable debate whether being vegan is healthy or not. A good vegan diet is still based on calories, nutrition, and activity. Unlike Halal and Kosher, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, vegans are less likely to develop heart disease, cancer, diabetes, or high blood pressure than meat-eaters are.

Many vegan wannabes make a mistake about vegetarianism and veganism. Like kosher or halal being a vegan follows a strict type of vegetarianism that excludes meat and all animal products. Vegans do not eat meat, fish, eggs, dairy products, or any foods containing them. A vegan diet relies on plant-based foods including fruits, vegetables, grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. Seeds, as in nuts, are great sources of dietary fats, protein, nutrients that include magnesium. Like kosher and halal, vegans don’t necessarily mimic other non-vegan foods, they create many of their own. Yes, dark chocolate is vegan!

While considered healthy, the Vegan Coach does suggest that vegans choosing weight loss as a goal simple carbs (such as white rice or white pasta) and instead reach for whole grains (like brown rice or whole grain pasta) for lasting energy and to encourage weight loss. DO cut back on your sugar intake. Sugar is bad news and the more you eat the harder it will be to lose weight.

The Vegan Coach notes that some vegans tend to get fat and that is due to consumption of excess carbohydrates (sugars and starches). Everything (other than most dairy, all meat, poultry, and fish) naturally contain carbohydrates. Vegetables, fruits and, especially, grains. Basically all core foods vegan eat. That isn’t necessarily bad.

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends that carbohydrates make up 45 to 65 percent of your total daily calories. So, if you get 2,000 calories a day, between 900 and 1,300 calories should be from carbohydrates. That translates to between 225 and 325 grams of carbohydrates a day. Primary foods with the highest carbohydrates are:
Fruit. Whole fruit and fruit juice.
Grains. Bread, pasta, rice, quinoa, oats, wheat, crackers, and cereal.
Legumes. Beans and other plant-based proteins.
Starchy Vegetables. Potatoes and corn.
Sugar – Processed or Raw table sugar as sucrose, glucose, fructose, lactose, and maltose.

Excess carbohydrates convert to body fat as storage. If you exceed your calories from carbohydrates, and don’t move, you gain weight over time. Even as a vegan.

Adopting a ketogenic lifestyle turns the vegan diet backwards. Meat, dairy, fish, poultry are staples. Few vegetables, fruits, and grains are consumed. Depriving your body of carbohydrates will be naturally compensated by your body AFTER it uses natural fat storage.

Ketogenic is more of a science based diet that originally was used to curb epilepsy symptoms. The side effect was weight loss and long-term management. Like kosher, halal, and (somewhat) vegan, ketogenic is a lifestyle that doesn’t have any ties to divine commandments. A ketogenic diet is a personal choice and, like vegan, kosher, and halal, must be followed as a lifestyle.

While there are many variables in low-carbohydrate dieting, ketogenic diets work best when you place your body in ketosis. Ketosis is a normal metabolic process. When the body does not have enough glucose for energy, it burns stored fats instead; this results in a build-up of acids called ketones within the body. Some people encourage ketosis by following a diet called the ketogenic or low-carbohydrate diet.

What happens when stored fats are used? The liver, kidney, and brain produce just enough of natural body energy sources called ketones that keep your body functioning. Getting your body to do this means reaching consistent ketosis. the daily intake of net carbs required to enter ketosis could vary from 20 to 100 grams per day. Most people, who have experienced ketosis, claim to have reached that state at about 20-50 grams of net carbs per day. It varies per person. 50 grams is equivalent to a cup of coffee with milk and 2 spoons of sugar OR 1 bagel dry.

A net-carbohydrate is calculated by subtracting the food’s fiber content from the total carbohydrates. Suppose you have a can of beans (that strangely yields about 3 servings). Each serving has 20 grams total carbohydrates. There are 8 grams of fiber per serving. The net-carb (total minus fiber) is 12 grams per serving. One of the popular low-carb diet strategies, Atkins Diet, conjured up this net-carb formula. This way you might enjoy bread while following your ketogenic goals.

Typically, a slice of whole-wheat bread has 20 grams total minus 5 grams of fiber, to deliver 30 grams net carbs per 2 slice sandwich. Low-carb bread alternatives might be some wrap-like pita or flat breads, delivering a 1-bread sandwich. A low-carb bread might have a 10 gram total, 5 gram fiber, yielding a 5 gram net carb. Net-carb is a neat trick to help you enjoy a sandwich.

Adopting a ketogenic diet means a long-term lifestyle choice. While not divinely commanded, the ketogenic diet lifestyle helps keep you trim and helps reduce weight at a recommended level in order to avoid weight related diseases, such as diabetes, chronic obesity, arthritis, and others. Some say that a combination of ketosis and exercise might even help memory by stimulating a certain neurotrophic factor in your mid brain.

Since its discovery almost about 30 years ago, neuroscientists and neurologists have studied that the secreted neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) has been firmly implicated in the differentiation and survival of neurons of the central nervous system. The BDNF role has also been emerging as an important regulator of synaptogenesis and synaptic plasticity mechanisms underlying learning and memory in the adult central nervous system. A ketogenic diet and moderate exercise has demonstrated strong links with BDNF production in the hippocampus region of the brain. The hippocampus is associated mainly with memory, in particular long-term memory.

There is much to be said about those diets long foretold through the Old Testament and the Koran. They illustrate respect and cleanliness of animals and other foods. This respect may allow for an above average mortality rate than others not following kosher or halal rules.

According to a recent book, Jesus and Mary were kosher abiding vegetarians (not totally vegan). This lifestyle also extended to the original Aramaic Christians that lived within adjacent environments. Devout Jews and Islamic follow kosher and halal as strict dietary laws. Food is an important part of religious observance for many different faiths, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism. Health-wise, those laws, customs and guidelines are more faith than science.

The ketogenic diet has been academically and scientifically examined for nearly 100 years. Ketogenic results are based on studies ranging from diet, metabolism, and a wide range of sciences. While low-carb ketogenic lifestyles have grown in popularity over the past 30 years (as opposed to thousands), many nutritionists cite science studies that suggest that the ketogenic lifestyle may be attributed to healthy longevity. The ketogenic adoption to fat and protein over natural fruits and vegetables appear to astonish and irritate old ideas.

Apart from religious lifestyle diets, there are hundreds of dietary lifestyles competing to be top-of-the-list. Dieting or maintaining good dietary health by choice is more of a failing game of thrones. According to the New York Times (1999) “95% Regain Lost Weight. Or Do They? It is a depressing article of faith among the overweight and those who treat them that 95 percent of people who lose weight regain it — and sometimes more — within a few months or years”. Psychology Today claims, given many human instincts and habits, this dietary struggle is so constant that dieting isn’t worth it.

For religions, devout followers adopt dietary laws as integrated through many generations. Vegans might have a couple generations but usually volunteer to the lifestyle for varied reasons. Ketogenic dieting is difficult, especially within a world that heavily markets carbohydrate-rich foods. It’s rules are simple but adoption takes endurance for months through years. Once ketosis is disrupted, you become a carb animal again.

While a ketogenic diet may reduce cholesterol and blood sugar levels, improve memory, calm bi-polar symptoms and episodic epilepsy, the big obstacle is adopting a ketogenic lifestyle as a habit – with minor changes as you reach your goals.

The wrath of gods may not smite you for disobeying dietary laws. At least for this life, ketogenic dieting offers many positives if you faithfully follow it. The ketogenic diet is a low-carb, high-fat diet that theoretically lowers blood sugar and insulin levels (in normal individuals). Ketosis shifts the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat, protein, and ketone production. As you reach targeted weight goals, you may add carbohydrates when exercising.

HealthLine lists four of several variations of ketogenic dietary modes:

Standard ketogenic diet (SKD): This is a very low-carb, moderate-protein and high-fat diet. It typically contains 75% fat, 20% protein and only 5% carbs (1).

Cyclical ketogenic diet (CKD): This diet involves periods of higher-carb refeeds, such as 5 ketogenic days followed by 2 high-carb days.

Targeted ketogenic diet (TKD): This diet allows you to add carbs around workouts.

High-protein ketogenic diet: This is similar to a standard ketogenic diet, but includes more protein. The ratio is often 60% fat, 35% protein and 5% carbs.

I employ a different one that stays away from saturated fats and focuses more on mono- and poly-unsaturated fats. It’s a more difficult variation that relies mostly on nuts, soy, wheat gluten, and fish. Works for me but I don’t recommend this for most.

There are differences when we discuss low-carb and ketogenic. Low-carb can be any reduction of carbohydrates. Ketogenic means limiting your carbohydrates to 40 to 60 grams per day. Some say 20 grams is better. I’d say anything averaging below 60 grams per day will ignite the liver and brain to create ketones for weight loss and energy.

I may believe in god but humans have to find their way toward healthier, happier and longer lives. There’s an often debated phrase that God helps those that help themselves. The low-carb ketogenic approach might seem to work fast in helping to drop inches. Yet, like kosher, halal, and veganism, ketogenic requires a long, religious effort to make those choices that reap healthy dietary rewards.

Gluconeogenesis diet for carb addicts

Are you a carbohydrate addict? Chances are high that you are. In many situations, this might be considered a healthy addiction. It has helped humans survive for thousands of years. Most don’t realize it. Until, of course, we get drunk from them. Ultimately, we gain weight and develop all sorts of ailments due to excessive weight gain.

Many diets are based on calories. If you are a certain weight, you need a certain amount of calories. Eat more than you need, you gain weight. Eat less, you lose. Activity helps you lose by using calories. These calories are derived as energy measurements primarily based on carbohydrate addictions. That is where many calories are found. Gluconeogenesis is like methodone to a heroin addict. You get energy from food but you can’t have carbohydrates.

We all have addictions we grapple with. Some may be drugs, alcohols, foods and or other substances. We have behavioral addictions and these repetitive notions can alter our senses of wellness. Yet, most of us live day-to-day in an adaptive schema. That is, until one notices differences. Today, weight management is one of those observable problems. Virtually anybody will dole out wise advice about this and that to do. Most weight management problems are results of eating habits and contemporary perspectives that being thin is in. But we love our carbohydrates! Gluconeogenesis is a built-in system that helps us manage weight if we virtually eliminate carbohydrates from our diet. A Gluconeogenesis diet for carbohydrate addiction uses a body’s natural processes to create energy for living with minimal intake of carbohydrates.

Your kidney, liver, and brain can produce all the carbohydrates your body needs via gluconeogenesis. Gluconeogenesis relates to that process. A diet of less than 40 grams of carbohydrates per day will, over the course of weeks or months, will help shed pounds via ketosis.. You may eat protein and fat from fish and meat sources. If you have cholesterol issues, this is not the diet for you.

Whether you find yourself fashionably challenged by weight gain or whether you confront new health issues associated with excess weight, there are many solutions. Some are faster. Some are slower. Some don’t work at all. The problems may not lie in your motivations but lie as to how dietary carbohydrates (sugars, starches) are used. stored, and eliminated by the body. This is a very involved and difficult process extending from thousands of years of evolution. The process is referred as Gluconeogenesis. Sometimes fashion and health benefits seem massive achievements because this process runs against reason and appetite control.

Humans were probably first vegetarians as carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, and grains. They are digested as sugars and starches that are easy fuel sources that help sustain body maintenance and growth. Glucose, a form of sugar, is essential for brain functioning. Lactate, another sugar, aids muscle development. We are born carbohydrate addicts.

We must have our carbohydrates. They are the premium fuel sources our body needs. They also taste good, an inviting reward. Yet, imbalances of carbohydrates and storage lead to fat accumulation and other organic problems. Blood glucose levels must be maintained within a narrow range for good health. If blood sugar is too high, it results in tissue and organ damage. If it is too low, cellular respiration and energy production can suffer.

One of those organs is the pancreas. The pancreas is a gland that produces insulin that helps maintain glucose levels every second. If blood sugar is too high, and the pancreas does not generate enough insulin, diabetes may be a result. While some are born with diabetes as a condition, many become diabetic because their lifestyle makes them drunk with sugar.

There are organs that help filter levels of anything that are too high. The ability of the liver and kidneys to “make new sugar” and regulate blood sugar levels is critical. Sugars are basic body fuel and if it isn’t present, your body has otherwise inert systems to generate those essential sugars.

The Atkins Diet, a form of ketogenic diet, are a difficult dietary trick that sharply reduce the carbohydrate intake you and your body are accustomed to having. The alternative food sources are fats and proteins. How does the body generate glucose when no carbohydrates are present? This is where natural gluconeogenesis is necessary. If gluconeogenesis were absent, you wouldn’t live very long. Your body must have a constant and steady level of blood glucose to keep the brain and red blood cells function. Severely limiting carbohydrate intake, a ketogenic diet allows consumption of fat and proteins, mostly from meat and fish sources that naturally have no carbohydrates. Are ketogenic diets trying to kill you?

The Atkins diet program has since released a more modified ketogenic diet design for vegans. Called the Eco-Diet Plan, this allows up to 130g carbohydrate intake. Gluconeogenesis is slower resulting in slower weight reduction. Beleve it or not, a medium mixed salad has about 130g carbohydrates! But the Eco-Diet takes protein and fats from vegan sources, such as Soy as Tofu. Tofu has less than 2g carbohydrates per serving.

Addictions are difficult to drop. Habitual drug and alcohol users go through agony to attempt escape from addictions. They are lifelong efforts. Gluconeogenesis is your body’s metabolic process of making glucose, a necessary body fuel, from non-carbohydrate sources such as protein (amino acids), lactate from the muscles and the glycerol component of fatty acids. The problem is…like the alcoholic…you find the carbohydrate addiction is hard to break. In a world where carbohydrates constitute most foods (including alcoholic drinks), the ketogenic diet is a problem of will against matter and matter always and usually wins.

The ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet that in medicine is used primarily to treat difficult-to-control (refractory) epilepsy in children. The diet forces the body to burn fats rather than carbohydrates. There are several ketogenic diets and they stress that no more than 60 grams of carbohydrates can be eaten each day. A slice of bread has about 20 grams. An 8-ounce glass of milk has 13 grams and 8 ounces of Orange Juice has 30 grams of carbohydrates.

Ketosis is a state at which the body has an extremely high fat-burning rate because fats are being converted by the lover and kidneys by gluconeogenesis to create the sugars needed to run your body. It does not have carbohydrates so insulin production is low.

When there is not enough insulin to get sugar from the blood and into the cells, the body turns to fat for energy. When fat is broken down, ketone bodies are made and can accumulate in the body. High levels of ketones are toxic to the body and may be tested through urine monitoring. These are generally regarded thresholds for ketogenic diets:

Below 0.5 mmol/L is not considered “ketosis”. At this level, you’re far away from maximum fat-burning.

Between 0.5-1.5 mmol/L is light nutritional ketosis. You’ll be getting a good effect on your weight, but not optimal.

Around 1.5 – 3 mmol/L is what’s called optimal ketosis and is recommended for maximum weight loss.

Values of over 3 mmol/L aren’t neccessary. They will achieve neither better nor worse results than being at the 1.5-3 level. Higher values can also sometimes mean that you’re not getting enough food or developing ketoacidosis.

Is it safe? With all rapid diets approaches, you should consult with a qualified physician before you begin and have frequent monitoring. The ketogenic diet has mixed reviews where some love and support it and others issue caution. Virtually eliminating sugars and elevating ketones through gluconeogenesis is the exact opposite of how your body functions normally. Gluconeogenesis is a complex process of how the body performs and copes with severe reductions on carbohydrate intake and there is a transitional period between the two that may have comparable symptoms to an addict in withdrawal.

On average, glucose is necessary. But how much? The daily glucose requirement of the brain in a typical adult human being is about 120 grams, which accounts for most of the 160 grams of glucose needed daily by the whole body. There are slight plusses and minuses associated with activity. How many grams of carbohydrates do you eat daily? Are you overfeeding your body’s needs?

Not all carbohydrates are bad. Some are actually good for you. Unhealthy high carbohydrate foods include sugary cereals, crackers, cakes, flours, jams, preserves, bread products, refined potato products, and sugary drinks are full of sugars. Sugars are common carbohydrates.

Some typically, everyday sources of carbs: A 16-ounce bottle of Snapple Lemon Tea has 36 grams of carbohydrates. A 10-ounce bottle of Juicy Juice (no sugar added) is 26 grams. One slice of bread offers about 18 grams of carbohydrates but a sandwich has at least 36 grams. A slice of pizza has 42 grams of carbohydrates. Sandwich and Coke? 16-ounce bottle of Coca Cola add 50 grams of carbohydrates + 36 grams sandwich. A bagel has 48 grams of carbohydrates. A medium serving of French Fries has about 50 grams carbohydrates. Vegetarian? A Chipotle Vegetarian Burrito has 50 grams of carbohydrates.

Basically, a bagel (dry), a bottle of Coca Cola, and French Fries has almost the daily sugar requirement your brain and body needs. Of course what lunch is complete without a cup of coffee. A Grande Latte at Starbucks adds 18 grams of carbohydrates with no sugar added. Each packet of sugar adds 6 grams of carbohydrates. It is really easy to provide your body with the daily sugars it needs to function from just one meal. Anything above that is excess )and whether foods have added fat or not) unused carbohydrates are converted as fat for storage.

Glucogenesis works on a temporary basis if you don’t eat for 12 or more hours. Breakfast is literally breaking your night fast. If you eat dinner before 6:00pm, and rise at 8:00am (with no snacking in between) glucogenesis may be occurring in a small way. This method helps keep current weight stable. The problem is many of us don’t follow that regimen. We might have wine, beer, chips and other snacks prior to bed. Wake up to more stored fat. Those foods are packed with carbohydrates that keep your pancreas working when it shouldn’t.

The idea behind the ketogenic and Gluconeogenesis diets is removing (or drastically reducing carbohydrates) in food intake. Fat, liver, kidneys, and muscle functions can automatically provide body with 160 grams it requires. Instead you can eat fat, protein, and water. Gluconeogenesis is a metabolic pathway that results in the generation of glucose from certain non-carbohydrate sources that may still have carbon.

Ketogenic and Gluconeogenesis are not normal body states. Avoiding carbohydrates makes your body do strange things that it did not originally adapt for. Your body will adapt as it confronts survival but only if you can stick to the regimen over a lifestyle choice. This is not a quick fix or on/off diet approach. There are pros and cons that you must consult with your physician or nutritional professional.

But adaptation speeds are often slow. It can take as long a eight weeks for some to adapt while others may see some results within three weeks. The key to a successful Gluconeogenesis diet is you really can’t cheat. This may be associated with most other addiction programs but your body can actually adapt to withholding carbohydrates. But can your eyes and nose empower you?

A ketogenic or Gluconeogenesis diet is not to be taken lightly as an on-again or off-again repetitive regimen. It is a religious lifestyle choice that must be followed for weight management. The subtle shifts made by your vital organs may decay if used unwisely. A Gluconeogenesis diet is a lifetime prescription that must be monitored and followed for a lengthy commitment.

People are addicted to many things ordinary and extraordinary. Weight management often copes with variables that we are addicted to. Some bodies adapt while others grow sick. Choosing a gluconeogenesis diet for carbohydrate addiction requires many new adaptations and the common food selections available at diners aren’t very friendly. You really have to seriously consider whether you are ready to manage your weight and follow through.

A physician, through basic blood tests, can advise and alert if a Gluconeogenesis diet is good for you and may help manage it along the way. The real deal is whether you have the discipline to stick to this form of lifestyle. You don’t need to exercise heavily. You don’t need to count calories (only grams of carbs). Avoiding more than 40 to 60 grams of carbohydrates per day is your route to weight management. Can you do it?

That’s the problem. Gluconeogenesis does not correspond to normal lifestyle eating. Adapting ketogenic diets as a lifestyle is difficult, especially if you become nostalgic for carbohydrate foods. It’s a long word. Finding gluconeogenesis is easier said than done. Of the hundreds of diets and activity regimens, gluconeogenesis is more like a utopia – a shangri-la in a world of carbohydrate addicts. Start slowly and wisely.

You may be addicted to carbohydrates diet

Trying to manage your weight? You may be addicted to carbohydrates diet and don’t know it. What’s worse is that you may not be able to do something about it without a drastic change in your diet.

People are constantly trying diets. Diets often need to be imposed into a general lifestyle to work. All those ads that claim people lost 30 pounds in two months usually don’t show what happened after six months. People are addicted to carbohydrates and now there is some evidence that proves it.
One of the hard lines in pursuing a dietary lifestyle is the realization that you need to cut carbohydrates from your food intake. Carbohydrates are found in sugars, starches, and grains. Bread, cereal, fruits, and vegetables contain carbohydrates. Milk and yogurt also have naturally occurring carbohydrates.

The Atkins diet is a good way to do short dieting. It eliminates virtually all carbs but you can eat all the fat and protein you like. Barring any cardiovascular issues, the Atkins diet proposed that if carbs are omitted from the diet completely, the body uses energy from fat and protein only. Weight loss is quick and swift. The problem is how long can you keep off carbs in today’s carb oriented society?

South Beach Diet went a little deeper and isolated carbs into groups of simplex and complex. Processed foods use many simplex carbs. You’ll find it in processed foods such as breads, cakes, cereals, white rice, and pasta.

Consuming highly processed carbohydrates can cause excess hunger and stimulate brain regions involved in reward and cravings, according to a Boston Children’s Hospital research team. These findings suggest that limiting these “high-glycemic index” foods could help obese individuals avoid overeating. The study was small but cited some evidence that our body’s systems of homeostasis work in many ways to keep us addicted to simplex carbohydrate foods.

The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition on June 26, 2013, investigates how food intake is regulated by dopamine-containing pleasure centers of the brain.

To examine the link, researchers measured blood glucose levels and hunger, while also using functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to observe brain activity during the crucial four-hour period after a meal, which influences eating behavior at the next meal. Evaluating patients in this time frame is one novel aspect of this study, whereas previous studies have evaluated patients with an MRI soon after eating.

Twelve overweight or obese men consumed test meals designed as milkshakes with the same calories, taste and sweetness. The two milkshakes were essentially the same; the only difference was that one contained rapidly digesting (high-glycemic index) carbohydrates and the other slowly digesting (low-glycemic index) carbohydrates. High glycemic is indicative of simplex carbs and those rush into your body at a high rate of speed. Low glycemic are complex and absorb at much slower speeds, offering more sustained energy.

After participants consumed the high-glycemic index milkshake, they experienced an initial surge in blood sugar levels, followed by sharp crash four hours later.

This decrease in blood glucose was associated with excessive hunger and intense activation of the nucleus accumbens, a critical brain region involved in addictive behaviors.

Prior studies of food addiction have compared patient reactions to drastically different types of foods, such as high-calorie cheesecake versus boiled vegetables.

Another novel aspect of this study is how a specific dietary factor that is distinct from calories or sweetness could alter brain function and promote overeating.

These findings suggest that limiting high-glycemic index carbohydrates like white bread and potatoes could help obese individuals reduce cravings and control the urge to overeat.

Though the concept of food addiction remains provocative, the findings suggest that more interventional and observational studies be done. Additional research will hopefully inform clinicians about the subjective experience of food addiction, and how we can potentially treat these patients and regulate their weight.

The American Medical Association indicated that obesity should be treated as a disease. Studies like this one help validate that claim.

Is it nature or nurture? Most of the world has sustained themselves on carbohydrates and vegetable for thousands of years. For the most part, their lives were active. Today, we are mostly sedentary and are suffering from what we eat and our lack of movement. There may be genetic ties as to why some people are predisposed to being overweight.
With fast-foods dominating outdoor food consumption, it’s difficult to avoid high-glycemic foods. Succeeding in a weight management program may be a long, hard road that few will be able to tread.