Beyond the low carb diet plan are the benefits. For me, the biggest benefit from a low carb way of life is that I feel better. I have more energy, which also helps me lose weight as I feel like exercising more. Even if the exercise is simple, like taking a walk, on other diets I simply don’t have this kind of energy.
My blood levels of triglycerides and cholesterol have improved. Just knowing that I am improving my health by reducing my risk of heart disease and diabetes makes me feel more positive about life.
I don’t get the strong hunger pangs that I experienced on a low fat diet. I don’t feel bloated after I eat meals. I don’t have gas. I don’t get sugar highs and lows. For more information about sugar read Dr. Atkins New Diet Revolution. Dr. Atkins has been teaching about low carb diets for many years and has excellent information. The writing on this page is my own translation, you should do some additional reading to fully understand the process.
How does it work?
Basically, low carbohydrate diets change the way our body utilizes food. When we eat, our body uses the carbohydrates that are needed and carbs that are not needed are stored as fat. Whenever our body needs more energy, it first uses carbs and then turns to it’s fat stores when there are no carbs available. By limiting our carbohydrate intake, we cause our body to use stored fat.
This process explains why, for many people, low fat diets aren’t the answer. The low fat dieter eats food that contains carbohydrates and feels satisfied for a while. When they start to get hungry though, their body looks for carbohydrates to burn. Without hunger satisfying carbs to burn, this dieter is hungry, so they reach for some more carbohydrates to eat. The low fat dieter will lose weight, in part due to the fact that they are starving themselves!
In contrast, the low carb dieter trains their body to use fats instead of carbohydrates when it needs more energy. This training is very easy; you simply eat foods that you like that contain low amounts of carbohydrates. Without carbs to burn, when your body needs more energy, it looks for fat to burn instead of carbohydrates. Where does it get the fat to burn? Well, let’s see, how about your buttocks, thighs, abdomen, and anywhere else you’d like?
Low Carb Foods To Keep In Mind?
Let’s explore some delicious low carb food. Everyone should snack on their diet. After all, you don’t want to go around hungry, do you? We’ll start with some ready to eat snacks. One of the challenges with a low carb diet is finding a variety of interesting foods that taste good too. Snacks will keep you full and cause you to be less tempted by foods that are not allowed.
Use caution with snacks. Some have hidden carbs or other ingredients that Dr. Atkins says we should avoid, especially during “induction”. However, I find that as long as I consume these in moderation I’m doing OK.
Sweets For You?
Let’s start with one of my personal favorite snacks, the Atkins Advantage Bars – these delicious morsels keep me on track and satisfy my sweet tooth, eliminating hunger or desire for sugar and/or chocolate. I rarely eat an entire bar at once, I usually break it into 2 or 3 pieces and save the rest for my next chocolate urge. (Yes, chocolate is my favorite flavor)!
An old stand-by, and a good potato chip substitute for when you crave something cruncy, pork rinds are available in most supermarkets. Personally, I don’t care for pork rinds. There are many low carbohydrate chips available. One of the more popular brands is Keto Chips!
I also like beef jerky. You can get it ready made, buy a kit, or make it from scratch. I’ll show you how here……..
Let’s Go Nuts!
Don’t forget the NUTS!
How Low Carb Diet Works?
Low carb weight loss diet has become very popular among dieters as the weight loss at the initial phase of this diet plan rather rapid compared to other dieting plans. People generally lose 5 to 6 pounds in the first week of this diet plan. It may be difficult for you to suddenly and abruptly give on your fair share of carbs that you have been taking all your life. But don’t get deterred, as this weight loss diet would be a gradual process, unlike the fast weight loss of a protein based diet. The pounds you shed in your first week are not fats most of the time, but muscle glycogen and water.
How Low Carb Diet Works
When there is lack of dietary carbs in the body, our system targets and use the reserve carbs located in the muscles and liver to provide fuel for the energy needed to support the metabolic activities of the body. This burning of the stored carbs leads to immediate and sudden loss of weight, as one gram of glycogen binds 4 grams of water. For example, if you burn 400 grams of glycogen then at the same time you lose 1600 grams of water: a total of 2 kilos (2.2 pounds) of body weight.
So, you have lost no body fat and the first thing your body does is to replenish its glycogen & water reserve. Once you start taking carbohydrate foods.
Low Carb Food
The quantity and the types of carbs allowed for this diet may differ from an individual to another. But there are some foods like white flour or sugar that are commonly restricted for everyone. And bananas and watermelon are the only two fruits that you can feast upon when you are on this diet. The amount of carbs allowed to dieters may vary from 20 grams to 50 grams a day.
A low carbs diet is synonymous to a high fat diet that fills you and keeps you satisfied. But remember such high fat diets may also lead to heart problems or stroke, and a lack of carbs would mean weakness due to decreased energy. Many dieters face fatigue in lasting weight management when they follow this diet plan.
Low carbs weight loss diets have successfully worked for many people, but it may not be the case always. In such cases, Low GI Diet plan that focus on the quality and not the quantity of the carbs can be a good alternative.