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One study from Boston Children's Hospital shows that restricting refined carbohydrates helps overweight teenagers lose weight more than a low-fat diet. This information could help to reverse the alarming increase of early puberty, type II diabetes and other consequences of obesity in young people.

Calorie counting doesn't work. It is unreasonable to ask an overweight child to eat less than other members of the family or his peers. A better approach is to remove refined carbohydrates from the house, which is healthy for everyone in the family. Refined carbohydrates cause the highest rise in blood sugar, and insulin is released by your pancreas when your blood sugar level rises. Anything that prevents blood sugar levels from rising too high helps you lose weight. Insulin is the hormone that helps make you fat by acting directly on the brain to make you hungry, on the liver to manufacture fat, and on fat cells in your belly to store extra fat. Avoid foods that cause the highest rise in blood sugar levels including bakery products, pastas, all sugar-added products and fruit juices and eat root vegetables and fruits only with meals. In this study, a low-refined carbohydrate diet helped children lose far more weight than those on a low-fat diet. See report #9566.

LE Spieth, JD Harnish, CM Lenders, LB Raezer, MA Pereira, SJ Hangen, DS Ludwig. A low-glycemic index diet in the treatment of pediatric obesity. Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, 2000, Vol 154, Iss 9, pp 947-951AddressLudwig DS, Childrens Hosp, Dept Med, 300 Longwood Ave, Boston,MA 02115 USA

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June 2nd, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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