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Kathleen
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posted 09-23-98 01:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Kathleen     Edit/Delete Message
This is a diet devised by Dr. Barry Sears. Seems rather rigorous, but everyone raves about increased energy and weight loss.
Has anyone tried this? Successfully? I'm considering it. Feedback is much appreciated!

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Dr Salt
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posted 09-23-98 07:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dr Salt   Click Here to Email Dr Salt     Edit/Delete Message
The common feature of several of the popular diets (The Zone, Sugar Busters, Pritikin, Overeaters Anonomyous, The Adkins diet) is a reduction in the glucose load, although the diets do so by different strategies.

There is good evidence that most of us should actually be eating more complex carbohydrates. here's why: Americans are getting fatter and fatter despite eating a lower percentage of total calories as fat. With the objective of reducing fat intake, we are eating more total calories as carbohydrate. Furthermore, we are eating carbohydrates that have a high glycemic index (GI) and make us fat. The higher the GI number, the more rapidly and completely the carbohydrate is absorbed and turned into glucose. Glucose causes insulin to be secreted, which drives the glucose into the fat cells. By eating foods with a low glycemic index (combined with an exercise program), we can care for our brains(since foods are drugs), control our weight, and move to wellness.

Carbohydrates do seem to be a trigger for some with IBS; however, I am becoming increasingly convinced that most of us can heal, even with IBS, if we will remain patient on this type of diet.

I recommend Dr. Bob Arnot's Revolutionary Weight Control Program (ISBN number0-316-05167-5; 1997). I am following this plan myself (motivation: increased energy) and have been impressed with the results.

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