Carbohydrates or carbs are probably known as the biggest enemy in a weight watcher’s world. Carbs basically give you energy to perform your daily activity. Without carbs or stored carbs (fat) you wouldn’t be able to perform any physical activity. Our bodies store carbs for future use in case of an emergency and also because we tend to eat more carbs than our body requires for our day-to-day activities. Eating lesser carbs will help you cut back on that flab and help you get back in shape.
There are good diets, bad diets, really bad diets and then there’s the low-carb diet. Okay, I might have over-exaggerated that a little bit, but honestly for all the hype that’s around the various low-carb diets out there in the market it’s one of the biggest “scams” in the weight loss world. It’s a diet no nutritionist in their right mind would recommend to you purely because it’s not fundamentally right on various levels. It’s one of the least effective diets that’s been blown out of proportion and been put on a pedestal by many “fitness gurus” but the fact of the matter is that not only are low-carb diets ineffective but they’re also quite unhealthy.
I’ve tried them all, including many low-carb diets and as much as I’d like to promote a book and make good money out of it I just can’t because the plain and simple truth be told that I’ve just not benefitted from these diets. It’s a vicious cycle of going on a low-carb diet, packing on weight again and going on a low-carb diet all over again. This is how low-carb diets really work and I’ll tell you exactly why that happens.
During the first few days of being on a low-carb diet our body tends to get rid of the excess water that’s stored in our body. This rapid initial weight loss often gives the impression to people that the diet is the next best thing since sliced bread, but it really isn’t. Over the period of the next few weeks your body goes into starvation mode. It begins to think that you don’t have access to carbs so it stores whatever carbs that enters the body and miserly spends any stored fat.
This means that your body has a high absorption rate of carbs at this stage and a very low rate of burning fat. This is the key reason why people fail when trying to lose weight through these diets. It’s not your fault really, but now that you know the truth behind the low-carb diet, stay away from it.
What’s worse about the low-carb diet is that once you stop following the diet and start eating carbs again your body absorbs whatever carbs it gets and stores it because it’s not sure if it’s going to get a constant supply of carbs in the future or whether it’s a one-off situation, so the body “hoards” whatever carbs you consume and stores it as fat. Due to this you tend to put on more weight than what you lost when following the low-carb diet.
This tends to turn into a vicious cycle when you start following the same diet again, lose some weight, stop dieting, put on more weight and start all over again. This is also one of the biggest reasons people give up their weight loss goals without knowing that they’re not at fault.
Ideally, follow a balanced diet and eat your carbs, protein and fat in a 5:3:2 ratio. Eat good carbs for breakfast and lunch, and complex carbs (fruits and vegetables) post-lunch. This will help you maintain a steady diet in which you will steadily lose weight over a period of time and not put it back on all of a sudden when you stop.
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