Many people have tried low-carb diets – they key word here being 'tried.'
For the average person thinking about starting a low-carb diet, they usually have a few questions that have to be answered BEFORE they put in all of that work. Well, here are some of the more important ones and their answers.
QUESTION # 1: Can you lose weight fast on a low-carb diet?
ANSWER # 1: When a person starts a low-carb diet, they're usually told that carbohydrates promote insulin production, which of course results in weight gain; so if you reduce or stop the carb intake, you stop the weight gain. This is NOT true. Your body needs carbs for energy on a daily basis. So what actually happens when you reduce carbs is that your body will burn STORED carbs (glycogen) for energy, and when that happens, water is released from your body. This is what causes the 'rapid' weight loss. The problem is that the weight comes right back once you are off the diet.
QUESTION # 2: Do you eat a lot of fat on a low-carb diet?
ANSWER # 2: Yup, a lot of low-carb diets are high in fat. I do not care what continent you're living on, too much fat in your diet is dangerous to your heart, period. That particular fact has been documented many times by nutrition specialist, doctors, other health experts, etc.
QUESTION # 3: Do low-carb diets work in the long run?
ANSWER # 3: Unless you are a diabetic, no they do not work well in the long run. Let me explain. Long term, you need a variety of foods (fruits, veggies, meats, dairy, etc) that are low in trans fats and saturated fats. You also need regular exercise (no surprise there eh?).
However, low carb diets have been clinically documented to be effective for diabetes management. If you have diabetes, be sure to discuss any weight loss plans with your doctor first.
So please remember to never let anyone tell you that you can not lose the extra weight – because you know and I know that you CAN.
Well, I sincerely hope that this article was helpful to you. I know that dieting is not easy by any means.
To Your Health!