I’m sure you have heard about low carb diets. Open any celebrity or health magazine and you’ll have seen articles all about low carbs diets. You may have even wondered what all the fuss was about and whether you should try one too!
Well, I’m here to tell you the benefits of a low carb diet so you can decide for yourself if it’s the right thing for you.
Remember, if you want to learn more about the ins and outs of low carb dieting, make sure you check out my article “The easy low carb diet” and then take a look at my article “low carb recipes” to see what delicious meals and foods you get to eat!
Low carbs diets are one of the most popular ways to lose weight and for good reason; they work! By replacing high carb foods with low carb foods, you automatically reduce the number of calories you eat without reducing the amount of food you eat. In short, it’s weight loss without the hunger!
Also, low carb foods are often high in fiber which is filling and helps keep you feeling fuller for longer. This means you will find it easier to stick to your diet and will suffer fewer willpower-sapping hunger pangs.
Lowering your carb intake also helps to stabilize your blood glucose levels. Stable blood glucose levels mean your body is set to “fat burning mode” and can burn fat much more effectively. In contrast, eating lots of carbs elevates your blood glucose levels and therefore your insulin levels – both of which can inhibit fat burning.
Eating fewer carbs forces your body to use more fat for fuel – you literally give yourself no choice but to lose weight! Low carb diets are also good for controlling hunger, preferentially losing fat from around the abdomen, and faster weight loss overall when compared to calorie-counting diets.
High carb foods like white bread, rice, and pasta as well as refined grains etc. are not very healthy. They are low in fat but they are also low in vitamins, minerals, and fiber. In addition, they can cause a rapid rise in blood glucose. Ironically, the food pyramid reckons you should be getting around 45-60% of your daily calorie intake from carbs!
Cutting down on refined carbs and foods high in carbs is very good for your health. Simply replacing refined grains with vegetables means you’ll automatically increase the healthfulness of your diet by consuming more vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Eating fewer carbs, and therefore stabilizing your blood glucose, can also reduce your risk of suffering from many diseases including:
- Type 2 diabetes
- Elevated cholesterol and triglycerides
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
Eating fewer carbs can also help with brain function. How many times have you felt “fuzzy brained” or sleepy after a big meal? That’s the direct effect of eating a lot of carbs. Eating a lot of carbs causes MASSIVE fluctuations in your blood glucose levels and that messes with your brain.
Keeping your blood glucose levels stable means your brain gets the right amount of fuel it needs – never too little and never too much – to function correctly. That means better concentration, less fatigue, better memory, more creativity and greater productivity. Not bad results for just eating fewer high carb foods, right?
In some cases, diet hype exceeds diet results but the low car diet is different. There is a reason it’s one of the most popular ways to lose weight – it works. And it’s not just good for weight loss but healthy too. Try the easy low carb diet for yourself; I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do!