Carbohydrates play an essential part in a healthy diet
The primary role of carbohydrates is to supply your body and brain with energy.
Some diet trends out there have led us to believe that carbs are bad for us, which is not the case at all. Healthy carbohydrates including whole grains, vegetables and fruit are also high in fiber, which helps digest our food and keeps us full.
To keep things simple, the rule of thumb is to eat one whole ingredient type of carbs such as potatoes, yams, brown rice, oatmeal, broccoli, beans, leafy greens, apples and berries.
Foods to exclude or limit would be anything refined or with added sugar such as cereal, white rice, pasta, chips, candy and pop.
I myself believe in the 80/20 rule and allow myself to have some foods on the limit list in moderation. After all, we are all human and it’s only natural to enjoy indulgent type foods.
There are many forms of low carb diets that focus on consuming more protein and fat like fish, poultry, meats, eggs, butter and cheese while limiting or excluding carbohydrates such as whole grains, certain vegetables and fruit.
Some diets restrict carbohydrates to less than 20 grams per day which can really mess up your internal system. Some risks may include constipation or diarrhea, mental and physical fatigue, weakness, bone loss and may also lead to chronic diseases.
People usually lean towards a low carb diet due to quick aesthetic results
Usually within the first two weeks significant amount of excess water weight is lost.
Keep in mind that foods which are processed will cause our bodies to retain water as well. Drinking more water and eating more whole ingredient foods will help us eliminate any excess water.
It won’t be as quick as a processes but it is more sustainable in the long run.
Some of the weight loss from low carb diets will also come from muscle tissue and not fat.
This is not beneficial if you are trying to lose weight permanently
Remember muscle burns fat, so the more lean muscle tissue you have the more your body will work like a furnace and turn into a fat burning machine.
Once you start cutting or restricting things too much like calories or carbs, your body will always rely on fewer calories and fewer carbs to maintain that weight. When you stop following the low carb diet, you will then turn your body into a fat storing machine and will most likely gain all the weight back and more.
Doing things the right way
At the end of the day excess fat has built up over time and it’s going to take time to release that extra fat. Unfortunately people will go to extreme measures to look a certain way rather than focusing on doing the right things to feel a certain way.
There are no quick fixes or magic pills that will get you long term results.
In my opinion the only ones who benefit from these low carb diets are the ones creating them and selling them. A low carb diet is pretty much a quick fix that could lead to long term damage, and that is a pretty hefty price to pay.
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