Sheryl Young, family nurse practitioner at Creston Medical Clinic, 1610 W. Townline St., Suite 200, said there's plenty of information about low-carb diets.
The problem is, not all of it delivers the same message.
"There is so much different opinion on this," she
said."But basically what I think happens is, it's fewer calories." Young
said protein-rich foods sometimes serve to decrease a person's hunger, or cravings, thus lowering daily caloric intake.But they can also supply too much fat and cholesterol and not enough nutrients.
"They are not necessarily low-fat," she
promotes weight loss, when it's needed, by using a common-sense approach.
"Everybody who is grossly overweight needs to lose weight," she
said."I encourage my patients to do what works for them. ...I wish there was a magic pill."
But such a pill doesn't exist.In its place, Young
said, there needs to be a lifestyle change, not a quick-fix diet.She
only recommends a low-carb diet to those who believe they can stick to it long term.
"It's a change of eating for life," she
As for Young
thinks it's valuable to look at all aspects of weight loss, and, later, maintaining a healthy weight.
"You know - moderation," she