Do you know anyone who’s tried the low carbohydrate high protein approach to weight loss? Maybe a co-worker or family member has just successfully shed 10 pounds in only a couple of weeks, and now you are considering giving the popular diet a try yourself?
High protein low carbohydrate diets have helped millions of people successfully lose those unwanted pounds. However, they’ve been doing so for over 30 years. Back in the 1970s the same diet was extremely popular, but doesn’t it seem odd that people are actually fatter now than they were so long ago?
The truth is that diets really just don’t work for most of us. It doesn’t matter if your diet is low carb or low fat, they just don’t. Here’s a few reasons why low carb high protein diets seem to be shedding the pounds but really aren’t as successful as you’re led to believe.
“High protein low carb diets keep my appetite satisfied.”
Most people claim that their hunger is much more satisfied after a low carb high protein meal. Studies actually do prove that protein is a very fulfilling nutrient. Proteins and fats have an effect on your body which causes it to release a special hormone designed to actually make you feel full. Many meals and snacks that contain a decent amount of protein will in fact keep you from getting hungry too soon between meals. However, we could be getting this same effect by simply eating a properly balanced meal. A meal consisting of a sample of each of the five food groups will produce the same feeling of fullness and overall satisfaction.
Also, one should consider the fact that the feeling of fullness associated with a low carbohydrate diet could actually be the result of ketosis. Ketosis describes the process of your body burning fat for energy and is considered very unhealthy.
“I lost weight! Who cares how? I got results!”
Millions of people have successfully lost weight with the aid of the low carb diet, however very few of them have successfully kept it off. The weight lost on a low carb diet is actually not just fat but mostly water. As soon as the dieter switches back to their old eating habits the weight returns at full force.
Now, is it really a successful diet if it doesn’t actually keep the weight off? More often than not when a person loses weight fast by going on a crash diet that restricts them from eating things they like while forcing them to eat things they do not like the pounds return rapidly. With the disappointment and defeat associated with the sudden weight gain hits them they’ll likely become depressed and gain even more weight until they actually weigh more than they did before the diet. A low carbohydrate diet is also associated with various ailments such as cancer and osteoporosis and is considered very unhealthy by many healthcare professionals who agree that a low fat diet is the most sensible and effective plan for losing weight and keeping it off.
Though many seem to believe whole-heartedly in the success of the low carbohydrate diet there is very little evidence suggesting it actually functions as a safe and permanent solution to weight loss. Stop wasting your time on fad diets and start living healthy!