Weight loss, Low-Carbohydrate Coconut Diet

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Low-carbohydrate diets or low carb diets are nutritional programs that advocate restricted carbohydrate consumption, based on research that ties consumption of certain carbohydrates with increased blood insulin levels, and overexposure to insulin with metabolic syndrome (the most recognized symptom of which is obesity).

Under these dietary programs, foods high in digestible carbohydrates (sugars and starches) are limited or replaced with foods containing a higher percentage of proteins, fats, and/or fibre.

Low-carbohydrate diet advocates recommend reducing nutritive carbohydrates (commonly referred to as “net carbs). Essentially, this means reducing consumption of desserts, breads, pastas, potatoes, rice, and other sweet or starchy foods.

These diets often differ in the specific amount of carbohydrates allowed, whether certain types of foods are preferred, whether occasional exceptions are allowed, etc. Generally they all agree that processed sugar should be eliminated, or at the very least greatly reduced, and similarly generally discourage heavily processed grains (white bread, etc.). They vary greatly in their recommendations as to the amount of fat allowed in the diet although the most popular versions today (including Atkins) generally recommend at most moderate fat intake.

Several independent clinical trials have shown that low carb diets can be successfully used to lose weight. These trials found that, in the short term, risk factors for heart disease and Type 2 diabetes — such as blood serum cholesterol and insulin levels — tended to improve in spite of increased consumption of saturated fat and cholesterol. However, these trials were of short duration, and were not able to assess the long-term health effects of the diet.

Critics contend that low carbohydrate diets are not without harmful side effects. The lowered intake of dietary fibre that often accompanies dramatically reduced carbohydrate intake can result in constipation if not supplemented. For example, this has been a criticism of the Induction stage of the Atkins diet (note that today the Atkins diet is more clear about recommending a fibre supplement during Induction).

Cutting out carbohydrates may mean missing out on vital nutrients from healthy carbohydrate foods which should be part of any well-balanced diet, especially those from fruits, vegetables and whole grains. Some of this can be remedied by integrating various kinds of offal and fish into the diet. Most low-carb diets emphasise the intake of carbohydrates such as fresh vegetables instead of cereals and bakery products.

Low-Carbohydrate Coconut Diets

TIANA Organic Gluten Free Coconut Flour as part of a Low-Carbohydrate Diet

Why you should use TIANA Organic Gluten Free Coconut Flour for controlling carbohydrate intake?

High carbohydrate foods such as potatoes, bread, pasta, rice, barley and couscous are rich in carbohydrates and low in fat; they are digested slowly and help sustain energy levels throughout the day. Carbohydrate foods are regarded as mood lifting food and some people crave carbohydrates, which if you do not eat them sensibly, will contribute to weight gain. The UK obesity levels are 17% for men and 21% for women and millions more seriously overweight are on the road to obesity. Obesity and being overweight can lead to serious health problems such as high blood sugar and insulin levels.

Refined carbohydrate foods carry the biggest danger. White flour, white sugar, white rice etc. are bad for your health because they contain no fibre when they are used as ingredients for making or producing foods. White sugar and white flour are both used in such foods as cakes, biscuits and chocolates which are low in nutrients and high in fat. Refined carbohydrates have been drastically reduced of vital nutrients and can have a heavy burden on your digestive system and consequently drain energy levels.

The restriction of carbohydrates is the basis of many weight-loss diets. If you eat foods that are high in carbohydrates, especially processed and refined foods, your body metabolism will work very slowly and therefore cannot metabolise all this food into energy. When you eat carbohydrate food it is turned into glucose and not burned for energy, which then is stored as body fat.

Recommended daily allowance is as low as 30g of carbohydrate per day and considering that one slice of bread contains around 25g of carbohydrate, it is very easy to overstep this recommendation.

Foods high in digestible carbohydrates (sugars and starches) are limited or replaced with foods containing a higher percentage of proteins, fats, and fibre. You should considerably reduce the consumption of desserts, breads, pastas, potatoes, rice, and other sweet or starchy foods.

The serious drawback of a low-carbohydrate diet is the fact that by restricting yourself in carbohydrate intake you considerably lower your fibre intake which may result in constipation. Besides that by cutting out your carbohydrates you are also missing important nutrients from fruits, vegetables and wholegrain foods.

TIANA coconut flour and coconut oil are a great solution for a low-carbohydrate coconut diet.

With TIANA Organic Gluten Free Coconut Flour anyone can easily make tasty, low carbohydrate gluten free baked foods such as breads, muffins, pancakes, tarts and much more besides.

Gluten-free coconut flour has to be certified organic due to fact that conventional coconut flour usually has been treated with chemicals and contains sulphite. TIANA Coconut Flour is 100% pure, sulphite free and Certified Organic in the UK and EU

TIANA Coconut Flour is gluten-free – a gluten free diet can be very healthy. Gluten is a sticky substance like glue and although it is very useful for making breads, it is a fact that a gluten free diet is a very healthy diet. TIANA gluten-free coconut flour is low in digestible carbohydrates (25%), rich in dietary fibre (39%) which is 100% calorie free and protein (19%) and contains vitamins, calcium and iron.

Foods baked using TIANA Organic Coconut Flour will make your diet more enjoyable and will keep you fuller for longer, this is due to the high calorie-free fibre content in your food which gives you bulk food which satisfies your hunger.

TIANA Organic Gluten Free Coconut Flour also provides you with a high content of protein together with important nutrients. By eating fibre-rich baked food made with gluten free coconut flour, you can considerably improve your digestion and not worry about constipation.

TIANA Organic Coconut Flour is also fibre-rich which during production expands in dough and you use 40%- 50% less compared with wheat flour.