Newsletter 19, January 2009

This issue of the Good Diet Good Health Newsletter includes...

  1. Lose weight and get healthy with the right diet
  2. Did you know?
  3. The Low Carb is Easy Cookbook hits the spot!
  4. Your successes, requests and questions
  5. Tell us what you think
  6. Visit our newsletter archive
  7. Free resources

1) Lose Weight And Get Healthy With the Right Diet

At this time of year, many of us make 'New Year Resolutions', and one of the top ones is to lose some weight! But which diet to choose?

There seem to be so many different slimming diets, but if we analyse them in detail, there are really only two different types. The first is plain and simple calorie counting (which includes most low fat diets). The second comprises hormonally-oriented diets which stabilize blood sugar and insulin. These include the Atkins and other low carb diets, and their close relations low GI (glycemic index) and low GL (glycemic load) diets.

The big question is: which type is best? Well, traditional advice tells us that to lose weight all we need to do is reduce our calories. However, modern research shows that the so-called calorie theory is a gross oversimplification of how our bodies work. Reducing calories or going 'low fat' may work in the short term for some people. But researchers believe that for up to 60 per cent of people a diet based on carbohydrates disrupts their blood sugar and insulin balance, causing them to store calories more easily than burn them off for energy. For those of us who are carbohydrate sensitive in this way, a 'healthy eating' weight loss diet based on bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, breakfast cereals and fruit juices, even if they are whole grain and high fiber, is entirely the wrong advice.

How do you know if you're carb sensitive? Well, have you have struggled to lose weight in the past on a standard low calorie or 'healthy eating' diet? If so, there is a good chance you are one of the 60 per cent of us who cannot handle a diet based on carbohydrate-rich foods, even 'healthy' whole grain, high fiber ones. And if a low GI diet hasn't worked for you either, then it's more than likely that you are extra sensitive to carbohydrates, which makes a low carb diet a more effective (and healthier) diet for you.

More information on why a low GI or low carb diet may be better for you than the standard low fat/low calorie diet, how to choose which diet is best for you and how to get started can be found in at The Easy guide to Low Carb, Low GI and Low GL Diets.

Researchers are also now beginning to understand that those of us who are constantly dieting risk getting caught in the 'famine syndrome' trap. Our metabolism is programmed to become more efficient when calorie intake is low, and our bodies can become so good at running on fewer calories that further weight loss can become almost impossible. There is more information on how to avoid this and other common dieting pitfalls in Why Can't I Lose Weight.

2) Did You Know?

Did you know that some easy ways to make your diet lower in carbs and GI are:

These and lots more easy ideas can be found in The Low Carb is Easy Cookbook.

3) The Low Carb is Easy Cookbook Hits The Spot!

We would like to thank those of our visitors who have participated in our survey to identify the most important features in the ideal low carb cookbook. We've now had nearly 200 responses, and here are the results:

We were certainly very pleased to learn that these aspects of the ideal low carb cookbook, which are all features of The Low Carbis Easy Cookbook, would be so popular. What's more, we learnt that the online and interactive features of our Cookbook also receive a resounding 'yes!' as far as the ideal low carb cookbook is concerned:

Online/interactive features:

Initially we weren't sure whether the online and interactive features of The Low Carb is Easy Cookbook were as important to low carbers as the recipes themselves. However, we think the above results speak for themselves and we're delighted to know that our novel Cookbook fulfils our fellow low carbers' ideals.

As those of you who are current subscribers to The Low Carb is Easy Cookbook know, we issue new recipes throughout the year. Here are this month's exciting recipes: 6-29 Steak And Kidney Pies (only 4.3 carbs per serving) and 6-29 Chocolate Pudding American Style (only 2.9 carbs per serving). You will find these recipes already in your Cookbook next time you log in. For those of you who are not yet subscribers, there are now 127 recipes in the Cookbook.

4) Your Successes, Requests And Questions

This is your spot. Whether it's your dietary success story, a request to cover a particular topic in a future newsletter or a question you would like answered, we would love to hear from you. Please do contact us.

Here is a question we answered recently:

5) Tell Us What You Think

Your opinions matter to us. If there is something you particularly like or don't like about our newsletter or website, please let us know.

6) Visit Our Newsletter Archive

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7) Free Resources

With best wishes for your continued good health

Jackie Bushell
Founder Director,

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