Carbohydrates – The Main Suspect in the Obesity Epidemic

Carbohydrates and ObesityThe NY Times recently wrote an article about the on-going calorie argument: Low Carb Diets vs Low Fat Diets. A calorie is a calorie, or is it? Today, in the United States roughly one third of Americans are obese. There are two schools of thought when it comes to weight loss: 1. Calories in minus calories out, or 2. The body separates calories into either energy or storage. This controversy centers around one obvious suspect, carbohydrates.

Low-Carb Diets have become more popular over time due to the fact that they have successfully helped people lose weight. Carbohydrates trigger the release of insulin, telling our body to store fat in our fat cells. They have half the calories per gram as fat, which is why initially they were thought to be heart healthy diet foods. The truth is, it’s the quality of your food, not the quantity.

Low-Fat Diets on the other hand are typically high carb. Even though people can lose weight on these diets, they are more susceptible to putting the weight back on. Why is this, you ask? Due to the composition of this diet, their energy expenditure was much lower than those on a low carb diet, causing them to burn fewer calories. This leads to a constant battle with hunger and weight fluctuation.

At the Salerno Center, a low carb diet is the core element. Dr. Salerno worked closely with Dr. Robert Atkins, the original founder of the low carb diet, The Atkins’ Diet. Most importantly, Dr. Salerno was the last physician to practice alongside Dr. Atkins. As a result, Dr. Salerno inherited most of Atkins’ practice. Today, his Silver Cloud Diet book, which is the continuation of Dr. Atkins’ work on weight loss, is saving lives and reducing waist sizes using high protein, organic, low carbohydrate foods. Exposure to carbohydrate rich foods, sugary drinks, and processed grains raises insulin and consequently, impacts the health of your waistline. Supplements like the Salerno Anti-age Factor and Salerno Glucose Factor work together, stabilizing free radical damage, sustaining healthy cell growth, and eliminating pancreatic toxins.

It is imperative that our country starts making healthier choices and demands better food on our tables. Avoiding high-carb, processed and fried foods is just the beginning. Just like a high performance car needs high-quality racing fuel, our bodies need high-quality nutrients. Making the right food choices now will allow us to live longer, happier, healthier lives.