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?