It is surely nice to eat anything you want; whatever food you crave for. While it is really
advantageous for those who don’t gain weight easily because no matter what they eat would
just go down the drain, the problem now comes for those who have a slow metabolism as they
tend to store fat more into their bodies.
Perhaps, this is the reason why a lot of low-carb diets have emerged. People are now engaged
with these types of diets because of the promises they give; weight loss.
So how does it really work? Is there really truth to losing weight if you have a low-carb diet? If
you are planning to go from high-carb to low-carb diet, here are the things you need to
The first thing you need to know is that carbohydrates are the body’s source of energy. So if
you are engaged in tedious or physical activities, you need a lot of energy; hence, you tend to eat
more high-carb foods. Given this, it might be difficult for you in the first few days of your
transition from high-carb to low-carb diet knowing that your body is in the state of withdrawal.
You need to expect that your cravings for high-carb foods will be really high. Meaning it
is somewhat psychological because your body is used to eating carbs and going without will be
really difficult as you tend to think more about high carb foods.
So instead of thinking about foods high in carbs, it will be best to eat foods that are high in fiber
and good fats because they give satisfaction. For example, eating a lot of salad greens with tuna or chicken chunks. You can also eat foods that are made with flax seeds. Avocados are another good source of healthy fats. However, the best energy producing fat is medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s). MCT’s don’t require digestion and pass directly into the bloodstream. This makes MCT’s a good alternative to carbs for energy. A good source of MCT’s is coconut oil and butter from grass-fed cows. Foods high in healthy fats can make you feel full without having to worry about gaining weight because they are low-carb.
Another thing you need to remember is to never go hungry. Low-carbs doesn’t mean going hungry. It means that you need to eat fewer carbs by getting food with low-carb content or none at all. The most common mistake for most people is they binge eat because they have been
hungry for a long time; thus, instead of losing weight, they end up gaining. So, plan your meals,
including you low-carb snacks. This way, you do not binge eat because of hunger.
Planning your meals will also help you a lot. Low-carb does not mean that the food doesn’t taste
good. In fact, there are a lot of simple recipes for a low-carb diet that will satisfy your taste buds.
Making your food will be best because you will know what goes into your body.
Another important aspect is to get the support that you need. When you go into this hard
transition, you might as well have your family involved. This way, you will no longer be tempted
to cheat. Also, since you are all eating the same food, then shopping and preparation won’t be
as hard. Getting support from other people who are also going through a low carb diet is a good
motivation to stick to your diet.
If you are feeling jittery or disoriented, this may be because of the carb crash. Don’t worry as this
normally happens. Still, stick to your new diet plan and eat as normally as possible with low-carb
food. The first week will be the hardest but you will surely get through it.
You don’t want to completely eliminate all carbs. A typical low-carb diet allows 20 to 60 grams of carbohydrates. The 20 grams per day is a very low carb intake. These amounts of carbohydrates provide 80 to 240 calories. The Keto diet recommends 5% of your calories come from carbs. This calculates to about 25 grams of carbs per day for a 2000 calorie a day diet.
Lastly, drink a lot of water because this will always make you feel full. Also, drinking more water will help to remove toxins from your body. In a matter of weeks, you will feel the difference in your body. You will feel lighter and you will be much healthier.