It's the latest craze in losing weight, the no-carb diet. It seems like everyone is trying to stay away from bread and pasta. But that may not be the healthy thing to do. Some people say it is their miracle diet, but a dietician we spoke with says that miracle may cost a hefty price.
Losing carbs from her daily meals was how Melanie Clifton took off 55 pounds in just four months. "I committed to the plan and stayed on it and once I saw I was losing weight, I stayed on it," she told us.
A self-proclaimed carb-aholic, Clifton admits it was tough to remove breads and sweets from her diet. But Lisa Herzig, a registered dietician with St. Joseph's/Cander, says that's not necessarily a good thing. "Carbs are getting a bad rap right now," she said. "We need them to fuel our brain and nervous system."
So why is something that's supposed to be good being nearly shunned out of existence? Fast food chains are unveiling new low-carb menus and grocery stores are staying stocked with low-carb salad dressings, beer, and even peanut butter.
Herzig says that's proof some people are abusing this new trend. "It doesn't come with a user's manual," she said. "So people don't know what low carbs mean. I think it's misleading to the public."
And not using this diet properly can also be very dangerous. "We see people dehydrated, people set themselves up for kidney damage," said Herzig.
But Clifton says after years of trying to lose weight this is the only diet that has worked, and she plans to stick to it. "It's wonderful. I have some more to lose," she said.
It's important to mention not everyone will have Melanie's results. And like everything else, moderation is key. Herzig says, instead of completely taking carbs out of your diet, you can always just lessen the portion.