Low Calorie Diet Versus Low Carbohydrate, What is the Difference? Comm/155
Being overweight and obese has become an increasingly alarming problem in this country. In 2007 the Center for Disease Control stated that between 1980 and 2004 obesity prevalence doubled among adults, and over 34 percent of all American adults were overweight or obese in 2006. Obesity is known to cause an increased risk of many diseases, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer. Due to these health risks, and oftentimes for reasons of vanity, many Americans are choosing to diet. Judy Mahle Lutter, in her book “The Bodywise Women” said that fifty percent of all women in America are dieting at any given time. The number of diets advertised to combat this problem in our society can be overwhelming. Marketdata stated that in 2004, Americans spent over 46 billion dollars on diet products, more than any other country. How does a person know which diet will work best for them when they all advertise about grand results? Two of the most popular diet plans are a low-calorie diet and a low-carbohydrate diet. These two diets seem similar in concept, but they have numerous differences that should be investigated before a dieter attempts, either. Both low calorie and low carbohydrate diets both aim to force one’s body to burn fat for fuel, causing loss of body weight. Low calorie diets are based on the process of thermodynamics, where the body burns a specific amount of fuel each day. If a person’s fuel intake is lowered through calorie control, their body will be forced to burn fuel that is already stored. This diet aims to force the body to burn calories by taking in fewer calories than your body needs to run each day. When a person does not take in enough calories through food, their body uses stored energy sources such as fat. While low calorie diets are often effective in burning some fat and causing weight loss, they...
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