Are Low Carb Diets Healthy? Lessons from Research and What You Need to Know

We’ve all heard that the healthiest way to diet is to cut out fat. Then again we’ve also heard that the best way to lose fat fast is to cut “carbs”. There are many die-hard fans out there of nearly every type of diet out there, but many of the most popular diets all have one thing in common: they are centered around manipulating the ratios of the macro-nutrients (a term that is not wholly useful in light of our current understanding of biochemistry, but that we’ll save for a later post), namely, carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Protein is necessary for life. A diet far too low or far too high in protein is incompatible with any organism surviving for very long. This leaves us with the option of manipulating the amount of carbohydrates and fats in the diet. Expert opinions abound where randomized control trials lack. I’ve compiled a small literature review using some of the best sources available to me to help determine whether low carbohydrate diets are better than high carbohydrate diets in the long term for the reduction and long term maintenance of body fat while taking into account general markers for health like mortality from heart attacks, stroke, or other diseases. Continue reading

Dr. Harris Speaks!

After a bit of a hiatus, Dr. Kurt Harris has made a series of several posts on his blog, “Archevore”. The first in the recent series describes an overhaul he has made to his diet.

Dr. Harris’s blog sometimes leans on the technical side, but his Archevore diet is laid out in terms that anyone can understand. If you want to know all the detailed “why’s” behind his dietary recommendations, as explained in his blog posts, you may need a bit of a science background, or at least a few articles from Wikipedia to guide your reading. After all, this diet thing isn’t exactly simple to figure out.

The Actual Fitness dietary framework, which will be laid out in the near future, will resemble the Archevore diet in many respects, particularly its rejection of sugars, seed oils, and gluten grains (wheat), collectively called the “Neolithic Agents of Disease”; and its embracing of animal fats and proteins. Subscribe (with the button to the right) to see the diet as soon as it is posted!

In the meantime, which of Dr. Harris’s Steps do you think are the easiest to implement? And which Are the hardest? Do you have any tips for following any of them?