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Skinny Jeans Diet Series: iConsumers shift to low carb Paleo-style diets

Have you shifted to more protein? You're not alone.
Have you shifted to more protein? You're not alone.
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When it comes to consumer habits, more of us are replacing our fear of fats with a fear of carbohydrates, especially those containing gluten. And for those trying to fit into their skinny jeans, the hot new trends include the Paleo weight loss plan and low-carb high fat Atkins diet become more popular, reported Food Business News on April 7.

At the same time, several health experts have created their own versions of gluten-free low carb diets. Cardiologist Dr. William Davis drew attention when he warned that wheat resulted in problems ranging from obesity to rashes in his book "Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health" (click for details).

Neurologist Dr. David Perlmutter enhanced consumers' awareness about the risks of grains and sugar and their impact on everything from dementia risk to depression in "Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar--Your Brain's Silent Killers."

In terms of the belief that avoiding gluten will help with weight loss, auto-immune disorder and neurological disorders, several physicians have recently disclosed research showing that high fat low carb diets that dispense with grains do provide relief for both conditions.

For example, Dr. Terry Wahls tackled her own diagnosis of multiple sclerosis by developing a ketogenic version of the low-carb Paleo diet. The result: A dramatic improvement in her symptoms, documented in her book "The Wahls Protocol: How I Beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine."