Ketosis is a natural process that occurs when someone eats significantly low amounts of carbs
. Insulin levels will drop, production of fat kicks and the liver releases ketone bodies.
David Ludwig, a lead author of the paper and researcher at Boston Children's Hospital, said it suggests limiting carbs
could make it easier for people to keep weight off once they've lost it.
"The people who live the longest, healthiest lives -- who have the lowest rates of diabetes, heart disease and cancer -- their diets are all rich in healthy carbs
, including beans, legumes, whole grains and fruit," Tamara Duker Freuman, a dietitian, told CNN.
release energy into your body more slowly than simple carbs
in the form of whole and minimally processed foods can have the opposite effect: They can help with weight loss and blood glucose control.
Dr Xand van Tulleken explores this on his BBC programme, The Truth About Carbs
are the only food source that contains fiber,' says Keri Gans, dietician and author of The Small Change Diet.
Although these drinks aren't loaded with carbs
, you can still add calories to your daily intake depending on the mixer you choose.
with a high glycemic index, like white bread and sugary drinks, lead to a bigger spike in blood sugar than carbs
with a low glycemic index, like beans and pasta.)
Rather, it is about starving it of carbs
so that it will force the body into ketosis.
One of the most common conundrums in this category relates to carbs
But the truth is that carbs
aren't bad; in fact, they are simply misunderstood and are actually very important for our overall health and fitness.
Yoakam, "1,001 Best Low-Carb Recipes: Delicious, Healthy, Easy-To-Make Recipes for Cutting Carbs
" is an extensive collection of truly great low-carb dishes for the health-conscious home cook.
After all, the TOWIE cast famously shun them before Marbella beach holidays (right), sticking to a "No carbs
before Marbs" motto.
At the time that the low fat diet guidelines were published (all the way back in 1977) it was assumed saturated fat was one of the biggest causes of heart disease, so the idea was that consuming anything with less than 10% total fat content would be far healthier for your heart - and now why we have so much "fat free" and diet products available which are packed full of refined carbs
, sugar and artificial sweeteners, which are actually associated with heart disease, diabetes and obesity.