I’m going to destroy a few of your illusions today. You’ve probably been told for years now that if you want to lose weight you have to stop eating carbs. Or at least drastically reduce them in your diet.
But this simply isn’t true. In some ways, the opposite is true. When you eliminate carbs from your diet you often make it harder to lose weight.
Today I’m going to tell you five facts about low carb diets that you probably don’t know. Hopefully, after reading you’ll realize that a healthy balanced way of living is much better than going on extreme diets that are based on one or two types of food.
- Studies show that we all crave carbohydrates. What do most people do when the cravings become unbearable? Quit the diet and eat as much as they want. Binge eating is hard to avoid when you’re craving all the foods you love.
- Most low carb dieters can’t maintain their weight loss long-term. They often lose weight and then go back to their old way of eating and gain the weight back. This type of yo-yo dieting is one the worst things you can do for your body. This means that in the long run low carb dieters often end up gaining more weight than they started with!
- A recent study in Australia showed that participants who ate a low carb diet were more prone to be stressed and tired. Carbs lift your mood and make you feel happier and less stressed. If you’ve ever tried a low carb diet your family will probably agree with this study. I talk to women who say their family isn’t supportive of their dieting. Sometimes they don’t realize how their mood has changed since they started on a trendy diet.
- A low carb diet can contribute to a bloated belly. You’ve probably tried to zip those jeans and thought to yourself, “Those stupid carbs – they’ve done this to me! I’m never eating them again”. The truth is a recent study showed that 78% of low carb dieters experience constipation. Only 30% of the general population have this complaint. What is one of the biggest symptoms of constipation? You guessed it – a bloated belly.
- When we completely eliminate carbs from our diet we feel deprived. Along with feeling sad, grumpy and tired we feel we’re constantly missing out on something. This just sets dieters up for a crash and burn. You know what I mean. If you’ve ever completely cracked and gone off a diet by eating a gallon of ice cream by yourself then you know exactly what I’m talking about.
Now you know the facts about low-carb diets, and you know why I don’t try to push you into trying one.
I will be sharing posts that tell you which carbs are good for you and which are not. This is not an excuse to eat any starchy carb you want – as often as you want. But eating the right carbs are part of a healthy, balance diet.
My goal isn’t for you to just lose some weight – I want you to feel happier, more energized, and achieve your optimal state of health.