Low Carb diets made such a huge splash with Atkins in 2002 that about 10% of American adults were on the diet in 2003. The fervor quickly died down as nutritionists frowned at the focus on high-fat meat and the exclusion of many fruits and vegetables. It did, however, change how many Americans view carbohydrates, or “carbs”, and a general mainstream shift away from low-fat dieting.
Although low-carb is not as popular as it once was, many of the diets now in vogue do focus on ‘good carbs’ over ‘bad carbs‘. The Paleo diet, Ketogenic diet, and low glycemic diets are all types of lower carb diets. Even Atkins has a new focus which includes fruit but still limits ‘empty’ foods like white bread.
Gwyneth Paltrow talks about her family’s low-carb, gluten-free diet in her cookbook It’s All Good. She tries not to feed her children pasta, bread, and rice.
The family’s headliner turned to the Atkins diet to lose the baby weight and to prepare for her wedding to Kanye West.
Heidi Klum famously walked the runway just weeks after giving birth, and has discussed her healthy, low-carb diet on many occasions. According to Klum, she avoids processed carbs: ‘I figured out what works for me. I’ll eat everything but the pasta and bread.’
The Sports Illustrated swimsuit model already has the good genes, but she follows a low-carb diet when she prepares for some of her modeling and acting roles. Her trainer David Kirsch calls it a ‘no-sugar, no-alcohol, no processed carbs diet.’
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