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Is a low carb diet the best way to lose weight? 

Most people do lose weight on a low or no carbohydrate diet. Considering the majority of the American population eats more than half their daily calories from carbohydrates alone, cutting carbs means cutting calories. However, the result is usually a temporary weight loss and is hard to maintain once carbohydrates are placed back into the diet.

Healthy carbohydrates are needed to get us through the day or, even more so, through a long workout. I believe that carbs, even the good ones, have their time and place, and most importantly proper serving sizes. What is important to remember is that too much of any food group can cause weight gain, and too little of any food group can cause fatigue and malnutrition. The key to long-term health is a balance of all key nutrients individualized for your personal needs and goals.

For information contact The Fitness Principle with Mackie Shilstone at East Jefferson General Hospital at 504.457.3100 or go towww.ejgh.org/thefitnessprinciple.

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