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Frequently Asked Questions and Articles on Diet

Does “low-carb” have an official definition?
There is no standard definition of a low-carb diet.
Do artificial sweeteners spike insulin?
There is no evidence that artificial sweeteners cause an insulin spike in humans.
Does aspartame increase appetite?
Is diet soda bad for you?
Research suggests that diet soda is unlikely to be detrimental to metabolic health or body composition. Further controlled trial evidence is needed to explore other possible detriments.
Does diet soda inhibit fat loss?
It does not inhibit fat loss at all, and may actually suppress appetite that could help fat loss (although it does not induce fat loss per se either). Diet soda, in regards to body fat, is a carbonated inert beverage
What should you eat for weight loss?
When it comes to figuring out what to eat for weight loss, the most important factor is eating less. When you consume less calories than you spend you will lose weight and the diet that helps you lose weight best will be the one that allows you to consume less calories without causing much distress or lethargy. The key is to pick a diet that you can adhere to.
What beneficial compounds are primarily found in animal products?
Can cutting out FODMAPs cut out IBS symptoms?
A meta-analysis shows that a low-FODMAP diet helps decrease many of the symptons of IBS.
Put down the apple and have some cheddar
Although both cheese and meat are lumped into the “watch out!” category in heart health recommendations, dairy products often show neutral or positive associations with cardiovascular health. But how do cheese-rich diets fare in randomized trials when compared to other diets? This trial tested three diets against each other in a highly controlled fashion: a cheese diet, meat diet, and high-carb diet.
Will eating breakfast keep you lean?
A lot of the evidence supporting the idea that eating breakfast is important for shedding pounds comes from observational studies. Do clinical trials support this claim, too?
Low-carbing for endurance: the oxygen problem
You might have seen more low-carb endurance athletes popping up in the past few years. This trial tested a ketogenic diet in world-class athletes, compared to two different carb regimens.
Does diet soda cause strokes and dementia?
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