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Carbs (Definition)

Carbs is an abbreviation for carbohydrates. The human body breaks down carbohydrates into basic sugars such as glucose and fructose.

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I have been reading a lot about the slow carb diet (tim ferriss). Is this diet considered healthy?

I have been reading a lot about the slow carb diet (tim ferriss).  Is this diet considered healthy?

Slow Carb diet: It has many good features like eating foods with a low glycemic index and avoiding sugars and processed foods. It doesn't look worse than the typical american diet which is high in salt, sugar, and saturated fats. The true test of a diet is if you can stick to it longer for 6 months. If you can work it into your lifestyle and sustain the healthy aspects, then go for it. ...Read more

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How do I stop my carb cravings?

How do I stop my carb cravings?

Ironically: if you reduce or eliminate junk carbs from your diet (& replace with healthy ones) - carb craving often starts to diminish in a short period of time. Take care. ...Read more

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Low Carb Diet (Tip)

Low Carb Diet

Low carb diets don't have to have no carbs. Mediterranean diet is the best type of low carb diet. ...See more

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Eating a Low-Carb Diet (Checklist)

Know the diet works
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Read labels. Fiber, while a carb, is not digested.
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Eat your vegetables!
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There are plenty of low-carb recipes online. Try something new.
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How many carb in 1 cup sweet n low?

How many carb in 1 cup sweet n low?

Trivial: Sweet and low is a sugar substitute designed to mimic the molecular structure of the sweet receptor in your mouth. It has a trivial amount of carb content. ...Read more

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I'm 154 and want to lose 24 pounds should I do a no carb diet ?

I'm 154 and want to lose 24 pounds should I do a no carb diet ?

Meat and veggies: Eat only meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry and low starch veggies, drink only water. In other words avoid all carbs, carbs will only briefly raise your sugar levels and then you will get hungry again. The fats in the meat or fish or cheese or eggs or poultry will act like a "log on your metabolic fire" to keep your blood sugar stable for hours. ...Read more

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Low Carb Diet (Tip)

Low Carb Diet

Low carb diet fad; the truth is moderation; complex carbs ok. ...See more

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Eating a Low-Carb Diet (Checklist)

Get enough protein (60 grams a day for women, 80 grams for men)
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Eat enough non-starchy vegetables to fill up your stomach
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Don't go too low in fat. Get healthy fats in fish, nuts, and veggies.
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Don't "mix and match" parts of different diet types
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What is high carb diet and why do people avoid it ?

What is high carb diet and why do people avoid it ?

Unhealthy: Carbohydrates are the major feeder of fat cells in the body so a high carb diet is likely to lead to weight gain. High carb diets are also generally very low in fats. This can be helpful for someone with heart disease but some types of fats, such as omega-3s are healthy and provide good health benefits. High carb diets are generally not well regarded. ...Read more

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Do fat blockers and/or carb blockers really work?

Do fat blockers and/or carb blockers really work?

Lose weight: Generally, fat and carb blockers don't really work well for weight loss. There really isn't any magic pill do lose weight safely. The best way to lose weight is not by dieting, but by changing your lifestyle to a healthier one. You don't need a drastic diet. Make small changes. Eat the right portions, eat 3-5 small meals a day, cut back on carbs and sugars, increase lean protein intake & excercise. ...Read more

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