Do low carb diets really work?

Low carb diets have become increasingly popular since many celebrities such as Kim Kardashian have sworn by them. But Kim herself has admitted that she weight fluctuates and she easily gains all the weight back when she does eat carbs. The most well-known low carb diet is the Atkins diet created by Dr Robert Atkins.

Low carb diets restrict the amount of carbs that an individual can consume. The goal of low carb diets is to trick the body to use fat as its main energy source therefore resulting in weight loss. However there are some parts of the body that cannot  use fat  as an energy source (red blood cells, the brain) and when this happens the person gets into a state known as ketosis which is characterized by side effects such as nausea, smelly breath and fatigue.

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But does it work? 

If you want to lose weight in a short time frame then yes you will see results. But just keep in mind that most of the weight loss is from loss of water and loss of muscle tissue and not fat. If your aim is lose a significant amount of weight permanently then losing muscle is not the way you want to go. Muscle tissue is metabolically active so this means it burns those irritating calories even when you are sleeping. The more muscle tissue you lose, the less calories you will need each day to maintain your weight making your low carb diet even harder to maintain as you have to restrict yourself even more.

The best way to lose weight and maintain theweight loss is through a balanced diet and regular exercise. There is no magic eating plan or pill.

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I tried the low carb diet and although I lost some weight, the minute I went off it I gained it back and then some. CARBS ARE NOT THE ENEMY! It’s all about eating the right kind of carbs. Try sticking to whole grain :

  • Whole-grain products such as brown rice, whole-grain pasta, beans, whole wheat bread, whole oats, whole rye and whole-grain corn.
  •  Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, nutrients and carbohydrates. People who consume about 2,000 calories per day should eat 2 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of vegetables daily.
  • Include beans in your diet as they are a good source of protein and slowly digested carbohydrates.
  • The Harvard School of Public Health suggests eating whole wheat cereals or whole oats for breakfast, using whole-grain breads for lunch or snacks and trying brown rice for dinner. In this way, you can add more good carbohydrates to your diet.

– With love, Nollie



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