Prepared with all the knowledge we have gained regarding carbohydrates, it seems the perfect day to tackle the subject of a low carb lifestyle.
The general idea seems obvious – less carbs to lead to a healthier way of life.
I get the idea that most people choose this type of diet determined by two factors. The first reason is due to health issues such as diabetes. Secondly it is because of the dynamic weight loss that happens during the first few weeks when changing over to a low carb diet. I have spoken to and heard of many people losing up to 8 kg after only 2 weeks!
So for such an immense change in weight to take place, surely they must be on to something!
The reasoning behind this effect is solid. Your body burns energy to, well, to do anything! Once you focus on eating food with a much lower carb content and start eating vegetables that are high in fibre along with fats that are considered healthy (replacing glucose/high sugar carbs), your body will stop burning the carbs that you eat as a source of fuel, but rather start to burn fat (and that includes body fat!) A low carb diet leads to a decrease in the body’s production of insulin.
This transition from eating a carbohydrate-filled diet to following a low carb diet and allowing your body to switch its sources for fuel, is called ketosis. Ketosis is described as a metabolic process that takes place in your body when there is not enough glucose in the system to use for energy. This leads to the breaking down of stored fats which in turn results in a build-up of acids that are called ketone bodies inside the body.
Ketosis diets, or low carb diets, can actually be viewed as high fat diets. That is because about 75% of calories are attained from fats. Contradictorily, only around 20% of calories are gained from proteins and only 5% from carbs!
Low carb diets are generally diet plans that restrict the daily carb intake to around 20%. Some low carb diets plans merely decrease the carb intake, reducing it from your general eating plan. Just check all the facts before embarking on a low carb adventure to be sure you’ll get the most benefits out of the specific plan.
Generally speaking you can enjoy eating meat, fish, eggs, natural fats and vegetables growing above the ground. Good to avoid would include sugar and starchy foods such as pasta, bread, rice, potatoes and beans (but not green beans, these little guys are great for you and have very low carb content).
Essentially you get to eat when you are hungry, until you are satisfied.
Sounds like a happy way to lose weight, doesn’t it? Combine this with the divine Lekker Sweets and the scrumptious desserts available in The Ultimate Lekker Low Carb Dessert Guide together with a steady exercise program – and the sky is literally the limit to what you can achieve… without feeling like you are missing out on all the deliciousness this world has to offer.
I’ll blog back soon.