There are many low-carb diets circulating today in the forms of cookbooks, how-to guides, and consumable products, each one echoing the same basic rules for weight loss and long-term healthy living.
Although there is speculation as to whether or not this type of diet is healthy or safe for everyone to use, scientific evidence shows reducing the daily intake of Carbohydrates is an effective and rapid way to shed extra pounds.
When food is consumed, the first nutrients our body absorbs are the Carbohydrates. Carbs produce Glucose, which is used for energy and once the liver has had its fill, the excess is turned into fat for later use. The average person consumes 50 to 60 percent of their daily diet in Carbohydrates. While each individual’s tolerance and intake are different, this amount most often leads to weight gain, regardless of how active a person may be.
Low-Carb diets seek to first reduce the individual’s intake of Carbohydrates to as low as 0 to 5 percent for the beginning of the program. This portion of the diet forces the body to rely on its stored fat for energy instead of from daily consumption.
The result is rapid weight loss as the body burns through fat. As the program progresses, the amount allowed for daily Carbohydrates increases in increments, slowing the weight loss slightly but still continuing to burn fat. As more “good carbs” are allowed into the diet, the range of allowable foods increases, giving dieters more choices for meals.
The final stage of these diets is a complete, regular meal plan full of healthy and filling meals without the constant consumption of foods that eventually become stored in fat. The goal is to become educated eaters, making right choices in regards to food, and keeping excess weight off permanently.
Foods that are high in sugar and Carbohydrates are cheap and easily accessible and combined with our eating-on-the-go habits, this is a receipt for obesity. Popular low-Carb diets such as the “Atkins” diet, state that in order to lose weight, we should avoid “danger foods”. These include candy bars, chips, and cookies which are products many commuters chose to grab when hunger strikes on the road. Also listed in foods to avoid are “White foods” such as sugars, flour, potatoes and white rice.
Many low-Carb diet guides suggest alternatives to these products both for meal time and on-the-go snacks and even produce lines of products that can be purchased at grocery stores. These products include low-carb candy bars, cookies, chocolates and chips made from products other than potatoes. Carrying one of these snacks in the car, bag or backpack will help reduce the consumption of road snacking, high sugared products.
Regardless of whether a person chooses to use one these pre-made low-carb diets or simply to reduce the amount of “bad carbs” they consume daily, the choice of a healthier way of living can lead to weight loss and overall increased health. Reducing obesity can prevent many health problems, such as a risk of heart-attack or stroke. Each low-carb diet follows the basic belief that reducing the amount of carbohydrates and sugars consumed each day combined with exercise can help many people to lose the weight and feel physically better.
The low-carb diet is not for everyone. Talk with your doctor before beginning this or any diet to determine if it is right for you.