We have been hearing about low carb diets for a long time now and opinions are quite various about this type of weight-loss plan, but now lately they have gained a renewed interest. Do they work? Can you lose weight with them? Are they safe? Let me share a review that I have recently read with you.
What is that?
Well, I’m not going to give you a definition because there isn’t one. In fact there are a lot of popular diets called ‘low carb diets’ that vary a great deal in their carbohydrate content. For example diets with a very low level of carbohydrates like the first phase of Atkinson rely on the premise that a very low intake of carbs leads to the reduction of insulin production which forces the body to burn fats as the main resource for energy.
There is a quite common side effect of this extreme low carb diet called ketosis. It occurs when the body starts to produce ketone bodies to feed the brain and red blood cells which normally rely on carbs for fuel and can’t use fats. This results in an acetone-like bad mouth smell, headache and dizziness.
Are they healthy?
Yes, low carb diets can be healthy if the approach is the right one. These kinds of weight-loss plans are usually low on fiber so they can result in constipation but if you use vitamins and minerals supplements it won’t affect your health. A great supplement can be the garnicia cambodia extract and Garcinia Cambogia which has various vitamins and minerals and helps in weight loss.
But be careful with any diet that over restricts fiber-rich foods like pulses, root vegetables and whole grains and promote a high level of saturated fats intake because that can have a serious impact on your health. People who have kidney problems are not advised to try any kind of low-carb diets. Fact is that there are still some question marks regarding the long-term effects of low-carb diets since some recent long-term studies related true low-carb diets to an increased rate of mortality. But more research is needed to clarify this statement.
Generally speaking any kind of diet that causes weight loss is healthy because they help regaining a normal weight and therefore improve health by lowering blood pressure, improving blood sugar and insulin regulation and bringing cholesterol to normal levels.
What can and can’t you eat?
Low carb diets can vary in permitted foods a lot but the main idea is that you will probably eat a lot of meat if you choose this type of weight-loss program. But that is not that simple, don’t worry. Your diet will probably include large servings of proteins of various kinds like cheese, eggs, chicken, fish, moderate amounts of butter and oil and low-carb salad and vegetables.
Moderate low-carb diets that don’t lead to ketosis might also include milk or yoghurt, measured amounts of fruit, starchy veggies, whole grains or pulses.
A low-carb diet or any kind of diet in fact is only effective if you can keep up with it. If you think you can’t go through with it or you don’t really like the food you will have to eat every day for weeks or maybe even months you might want to look for another diet plan. It is no surprise that studies that compared different types of diets show that it is not the level of protein or carbohydrate intake that makes a diet successful but how well people were able to keep them.
So it’s really important to stay on top of negative thoughts and triggers such as stress or comfort eating or ‘nothing or everything’ thinking.