A low carb diet essentially reduces the carbohydrate intake into the body. Examples of common sources of carbohydrates include bread, grains, tortillas, starchy vegetables, fruits and rice. This particular diet mainly focuses on protein intake since proteins provide most of the required muscle building compounds. The following are major benefits of the low carb diet.
I am 56 years old. about 3 years ago My hubby and I lost quite a lot of weight on a low carb life style. Me 70 him 100. Then I had to have a hysterectomy and a year later I lost my 23 year job. Needless to say, depression and hormones took over and I gained everything back. Him too. We are back at the low carb eating. The problem, He has lost 45 pounds so far. Me, 10. It just doesn’t seem to be working for me this time. Do you think the addition of more fats will help that? I need something that will give me a boost or a completely different way. I just thought I would ask you. You seem pretty knowledgeable on the subject.
Great Q. While the answer isn't totally black and white, Zeitlin says that for most healthy people, if you're trying to lose weight, a low-carb diet would be the better fit because it doesn't aim to put your body into an unnatural state (ahem, ketosis). Instead, by cutting back on foods that are high in sugar and starches, you're able to drop weight and still maintain a healthy form of energy for your brain and body to run on.
Blood sugars are often high in the morning (dawn phenomena). If you are only on 15-22 carbs per day I would check every label of everything you are eating to ensure carbs are not sneaking in somehow to still give you a reading of 200, or is your protein too high? Do you have insulin resistance? These are all factors which may be at play here. Healthy fats won’t raise BS at all.
Focus on fresh low-carb foods: Even if you don’t eat sugary and starchy foods, you may still be consuming ingredients that can cause skin issues. Bologna and other processed meats often contain sugar, corn syrup, fillers or other additives that raise insulin levels and potentially provoke inflammation. Stick to fresh food whenever possible, and read labels on processed meats and other packaged foods.
After imagining I'd have a Biggest Loser-type reveal, after two weeks on the diet, I was disappointed to find I'd only lost 1.5kg. But I was pleasantly surprised by the lack of hunger I experienced. For example, if I started the day with bacon and eggs, I wouldn't get hungry again till the afternoon, whereas my typical instant oats breakfast leaves me ravenous by 11am.
Tauri – Ya, that blood sugar stuff is a nasty business. I let mine get a little too high before I acted on it. I wish I had gone low carb sooner but my first experience with it was a shock to the system to say the least. I did it with my doctor and it was incredibly strict, which doesn’t work for me. So now I’m finding my own way with it and it seems to be helping! Thanks for the tip on that site, I’ll check it out! 🙂
Another possible explanation is that large amounts of processed carbs may induce large swings in blood sugar. As the blood sugar goes down rapidly again (an hour or two after a meal) the body may have to release stress hormones like adrenaline to avoid low sugar. This may accentuate symptoms associated with ADHD. Avoiding processed carbs may stabilize blood sugars and thus avoid this problem.
The low carbohydrate diet increases the metabolic rate of the body or the ability of the body to breakdown its storage and food. The high metabolism turns the carbohydrate calories into energy. A diet that is high in carbs does not allow the body to use up its accumulated fat reserves which could possibly lead to obesity and other weight related complications.
A ketogenic diet — one form of a low-carb, high-fat diet — is an eating pattern that strictly eliminates almost all sources of glucose in order to put the body into “fat-burning mode,” also called nutritional ketosis. The ketogenic diet goes by several different names, including the “no-carb diet” or “very low carbohydrate ketogenic diet”(LCKD or VLCKD for short).
I now eat a lower carb, moderate protein and moderate fat diet. I even eat whole wheat pasta (only 1/3 cup when I do eat it), I eat Ezekiel bread (1 slice) and on occassion, I eat potatoes (white) and even rice. I just keep the amounts around 10 grams of carbs. My breakfast is about 4 grams of carbs (its a protein shake and I put avacado in it as well). Lunch is 4 oz. protein, steamed veggies and/or a salad, slice of my bread with 1/2 tbsp. grass fed butter, snacks are 1.5 oz. nuts (1 oz. macadamian and 1/2 oz. cashews). Dinner has carbs from green veggies. And that’s it. And I drink a protein shake once a day because I lift weights along with doing cardio. In that shake I put 1/2 tbsp. nut butter and mix the shake with water. Sometimes I’ll add 1 to 2 oz. banana (yes, I weigh all of my food). And guess what?? I lose as much weight per week as if I was doing keto. I truly believe that eating a minimal amount of carbs per day makes a huge impact with weight loss. You don’t have to go into full blown keto to lose weight.