When the average person embarks on a diet or fitness regimen in the aim of losing weight or building muscle mass, what they are usually instructed to do is to eat lots of protein and go on a low carbohydrate diet to accomplish either of the goals.
Yes, Low Carb Diets work!
I can't say there was a specific moment that led me to start a low carb diet, but it was a combination of factors. Once I was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune disorders, including Hashimoto's, Type II Diabetes and PCOS in combination with my weight already being out of control, I knew I had to do something.
I was nervous of starting a low-carb diet for one main reason: I love carbs and most of the foods that I liked were either obviously a carb or contained hidden carbs in the form of natural sugars. I grew up in an Italian family; bread and various pastas made up the majority of my meals. I also tend to favor any form the potato may take. While I could stay away from sweets, things like apples, bananas, grapes… seemingly healthy, still high in carbs. My body was determined to treat these foods I was taught were healthy as if they were just another fatty cheeseburger.
How Do You Start A Low Carb Diet?
While there are many ways to start, I can tell you that mine started by taking a box and going through my pantry. If anything was above 10 net carbs per serving, it went into my box. (You can calculate net carbs by subtracting the fiber and sugar alcohol count from the carb count) By the time I reached the third large box, I realized how unbalanced my way of eating had become. I gave the boxes away to a friend in need of some groceries, and started my grocery shopping.
Pro Tip: Use Walmart to order your groceries for pickup or delivery. It's easier to avoid buying things you shouldn't have! I love being able to see all the nutrition facts without having to wander around a store and check every label.
I never had much of a sweet tooth, but I was definitely addicted to carbs in other forms. It took about a week before I noticed I wasn't craving certain foods and if I did take a bite of something naturally sweet, it was more of an intense sweetness than I had noticed before. I had more energy to do things throughout the day and I was sleeping better at night.
What are the benefits of a low carb diet?
One of the huge benefits of a low carb diet is that you do not need to feel hungry. This may seem like it avoids the point of a diet, but it doesn’t. The aim of dieting is not to eat less but to lose weight or eat more healthily. The most famous of all low carb diets is the Atkins diet and this remains popular because it allows you to eat good-sized meals and is proven to help you lose weight.
The basics of a low carb diet are that you can eat as much food as you like until you are full, as long as you only eat the allowed foods. Generally speaking, this includes meat, cheese, fish, eggs and poultry. You are also allowed a certain amount of green vegetables each day. As well as being a healthy way to lose weight, a low carb diet will give you a sustained weight loss meaning you can continue to lose weight even after the initial push and you will keep the weight off once it is gone.
It will also lower your cholesterol and blood pressure as well as stabilize your blood sugar level. You should supplement a low carb diet with multi vitamins because your body will become partially starved of these essential vitamins.
Is A Low Carb Diet A Good Way To Lose Weight?
One of the highlights of following a low carb diet is that those who follow it tend to lose weight quickly. While a low carb diet has been known by many names over the years such as the Atkins diet, South Beach Diet, the Zone Diet, or a ketogenic diet which works at reducing carb intake and increasing proteins. The two main sources for rapid weight gain is refined flour and sugar. The reason for this is they cause an increase in the level of glucose in your bloodstream which in turn, causes the pancreas to produce more insulin. A high level of insulin causes the body to retain more fats. This is one of the main reasons that those with diabetes should follow a low carb diet to reduce their blood sugar levels. In fact, I learned a lot from myWW as a diabetic myself. To eat healthily, I needed to find a balance of healthy fats, fiber, and protein by eating foods that are low on the glycemic index like meat, poultry, eggs, cheese, fish, and certain vegetables.
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