Popular low carb diets like Atkins and South Beach have been touted as an easy way to lose weight. By restricting your carb intake, they promise quick results with minimal effort.
However critics say that the high fat content in the meats could lead to heart problems and the high intake of protein, creating a state called ketosis in the body, causes extra stress on the kidneys.
However, proponents of the diets point to studies that show no increase risk for coronary heart disease and many state that the human body was designed to use ketones very efficiently as fuel in the absence of glucose, which you get from carbs.
Whether this diet is right for you, is of course up to you, but if you choose to go on it, here are several tips to make it as effective and healthy as possible.
Eat lean meats
Many supporters of the diet say that any type of protein is okay. However, most meats possess unsaturated fat which are bad for your heart. So to stay on the safe side, eat only lean meat such as chicken, turkey breast and tuna.
Eat complex carbs
Low carb does not mean no carbs. The diets require you to stay away from processed foods such as white breads and anything with lots of sugar. However, you still should eat leafy vegetables, beans, and whole grains. These contains nutrients that you just can not get from protein alone.
Use Good Fats
When cooking your meats or anything that requires oil, use an oil that is high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. These are the good fats since they do not raise your LDL cholesterol. Some studies suggest they might even help lower your cholesterol.
Some good oil to use is olive (I prefer the light), Canola, Safflower, and almond. All are low in saturated fats and high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
Given that your body is going into ketosis, you are going to be burdening your kidneys to remove the waste that it produces. To help it alone make sure you drink at least 8 glasses of water a day to help keep your system flush
Used wisely, low carb diets can help you burn fat very quickly. By adhering to the preceding recommendations you can also make the diet as healthy as possible. Remember to continue to seek out information. It's your best ally in the fight against the bulge.