Low or no carb diets are hugely popular in the western world today. Most people know that limiting carbs will produce fast weight loss results, but, what most people don’t know is, how low carb dieting actually works? I don’t necessarily recommend low carb dieting, nor do I discourage it, I just feel that it is important for people to be educated on how the whole process actually works. Like anything else in life, getting as much information about something you are about to do is very important if you want to be successful. So, in the following article we’ll examine the truths about low carb dieting and how it effects the body.
– The most popular low carb diets today (Atkins, South Beach, The Zone Diet) recommend eating mostly high fat, high protein foods during the course of a day. Fat from foods like red meat, poultry, and dairy products doesn’t necessarily convert into body fat. As a matter of fact, these foods can actually be fat burning foods and suppress hunger.
– Carbohydrates, especially simple carbs (most starchy and sugary foods) stimulate insulin in the body. Insulin, once activated, tells the body that it does not need to burn fat because there is plenty of sugar in the blood to eliminate. Insulin also causes hunger and produces cravings for more high carbohydrate foods, the whole process is a vicious cycle.
– A common misconception about these low carb diets is that as long as your limiting carbs you can pretty much eat as much as you like. This is not true, portion control and limiting the number of high fat proteins you consume is still needed to be successful with this or any diet plan. The difference is, a low carb diet starts your body’s fat burning furnace and keeps it going all day, long after you eat and even while you sleep.
– When first starting a low carb diet, the first few weeks usually calls for complete abstinence from all carbs. After the first two weeks it is okay to start slowly adding complex carbs back into the diet, fruits and vegetables are the best place to start. The best way to keep the pounds off is to continue to load up on the fruits and veggies and eat the high fat proteins in moderate proportions.
– The best thing about high protein, low carb dieting is that it is easy to stick to and make it your new permanent way of eating. That really is the goal, creating a new and healthy way of eating that you can continue for the rest of your life. As with any other diet, if you don’t continue eating the foods that produced the weight loss in the first place, you are doomed to gain the weight back and then some.