by Patrick Marshall
If we all had the exact same body type and the exact same body chemistry then it would be very easy to have a cookie-cutter diet plan in order to lose weight. But unfortunately losing weight is more complicated than that and not every diet is beneficial for everyone. Food allergies, existing health problems, and other conditions all help to predetermine what diets will work and which ones should be avoided.
This holds true for low carb diet as well. There are many different variations of low carb dieting around, but they all have one thing in common – carbohydrate reduction.
So how do you know if a low carb approach is safe for you? Obviously seeing a doctor would be the first step, preferably a family doctor who knows your history too. With an assessment and a look into your family’s health history, your doctor will be able to give you a better direction into your low carb dieting goals.
What type of information will help you assess whether a low carb diet is right for you? Note down your LDL cholesterol, triglycerides, total cholesterol level, HDL cholesterol, blood pressure, etc. These will all be very important when assessing your low carb plan, because people tend to metabolize carbohydrates in different ways. Therefore, some carbs can be beneficial whilst others can be harmful to your health.
You can also collect information about your family’s history, mainly your immediate family like your brothers, your sisters, parents and children. Every disease and surgery should be taken into account as well as any chronic diseases..
Once you have collected this information about your immediate family you can then move on to your extended family like your aunts, uncles, and grandparents. The more information that you provide to your family doctor the better he or she will be able to help you determine if a low carb diet is good for you.
Most of all, watch out for diabetes
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