PHOENIX - For years, supporters of low-carb diets swore by the results, while detractors painted an image of fatty bacon frying in a pan of butter.
To dispel the myths of what a low-carb diet consists of, Colette Heimowitz, a clinical nutritionist who has worked with Kim Kardashian West, travels the country preaching the gospel of a healthy diet.
"You can choose from salmon or chicken or eggs or some meat," Heimowitz said. "You couple that with lots of vegetables -- the more colorful the better -- and you snack on healthy fats like nuts or avocado dip or olive oil on your salad."
Heimowitz, who holds the title of vice president of nutrition and education for Atkins Nutritional -- commonly known as the Atkins Diet-- admits that losing weight may be easier than keeping it off.
"So you want to pick the foods that fuels your metabolism and that has adequate protein," she said.
Protein, which sometimes gets overlooked in diets in favor of calorie counting, makes muscle growth possible and helps us feel full when we eat.
Meimowitz's Atkins Diet has made it back into the headlines this year, as super diva Kim Kardashian West has come out as an Atkins supporter and participant.
"We are really excited that Kim Kardashian [West] used the Atkins way of eating to achieve her weight loss goals," Heimowitz said. "She lost all the weight of her first pregnancy and she's doing it again with her second pregnancy. It's simply a healthier way for her to eat and achieve her weight loss goals, as well as keep the weight off after you lose the weight."
Obviously Heimowitz would like to see everybody on the Atkins diet, but she compromises, saying we all need nutritional balance in our lives.
"So, it's good for keeping you focused, it's good for making your energy stable throughout the day and it's good for your health because you are feeding the body the nutrients it needs to survive," she said.
When choosing carbohydrates in your diet, Colette says to make sure they are high-fiber carbs. Foods like whole grains, oats, fruits, vegetables and sweet potatoes are fiber-dense -- they slowly release sugars into your system to avoid the sugar rush that processed foods deliver and provide steady energy throughout the day.
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