A: No matter which of these diets you choose, you are likely to succeed in losing weight for two reasons. First, you do not have to count calories, and second, you do not have to feel hungry. In all cases, the modern-day scourge of refined sugars and carbohydrates are eliminated, in favor of good fats and protein, and plenty of colorful low-starch vegetables. This weight-reduction plan works whether you are 10 pounds overweight or morbidly obese. When refined sugars, flours, and starchy vegetables are eliminated, your body no longer secretes excessive insulin to lower your blood glucose levels. And insulin is the one hormone that will not allow your body to burn fat for energy. Once your insulin levels are no longer continuously elevated or you have met your weight-loss goal, you can slowly reintroduce complex carbohydrates, like sweet potatoes and beans, back into your meals. Their high-fiber content will slow their conversion to glucose in your blood, effectively minimizing the amount of insulin needed to lower the glucose level. To improve health with any low-carbohydrate diet, it is important to eat plenty of non-starchy, colorful vegetables to obtain the vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other phytonutrients they contain. Do this, and your low-carb diet will not only help you lose weight, but you will feel healthier and full of energy. Eliminate refined sugars and carbohydrates for good, and your new healthy weight and healthy body will last forever.
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