The topic about which diet is best for weight loss is a controversial one. Even the experts don’t seem to agree on this. But one thing’s for sure, low carb diet does work for many people. Even better, it is simple and relatively easy to follow.
All you need to do is check your carbohydrates consumption. No need to for calorie counting and the like. Of course, you also have to watch the types of carbs you eat. Here, too, the key is to keep it simple. What do we mean?
You see, when you start getting into low glycemic, high glycemic and the like, you can get confused really fast. Plus, who wants to keep looking at glycemic index charts every time before enjoying a hearty meal, right?
Most people get excited at the first signs the weight coming off. But then it starts to get harder. And extremely frustrating.
What many do not realize is that your body starts fighting back. How?
Well, your body doesn’t know that you’re actually doing it good. Since many diets are calorie-restrictive, you start craving more food. This is a natural response. Your body, sensing less calories, goes on starvation mode. It starts to hold on to fat deposits in order to protect you. The result is fat loss plateaus.
Moreover, because of taking in less calories, you also experience lower energy overall.
Low Carb Diet Study
A new study published in the journal BMJ challenges conventional wisdom, that to lose weight all you need to do is reduce calories. If counting calories all day is not your cup of tea (it is not mine) you will probably love the findings.
The study found that adults who reduced carbohydrates (carbs for short) and, get this, replaced them with fats, may boost metabolism and support fat loss.
For the study, said to be among the largest if not the largest so far, researchers recruited 164 adults and fed them all their daily meals for 20 weeks, with different diets. The researchers made sure that all the diets were as healthy as possible.
The participants’ body weights and other biological measures were closely followed.
The researchers found that all calories do not impact bodyweight the same way. The general conclusion was that restricting (not eliminating!) carbohydrates “makes for a better strategy” than restricting calories for losing weight and keep it off.
Now, this will not settle the decades old debate on which diet is best for weight loss, such as one that showed that low glycemic diet is most effective for weight loss. But one thing is for sure; low carb diets do work for a lot of people, hence their popularity.
The low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet is the basis of some popular diets such as the ketogenic (keto) diet. All the same, we must point out that carbs are not the enemy of your waistline per se. In fact, you do need carbohydrates as they are an important macronutrient without which you cannot enjoy wholesome health.
Moreover, eating the right types of carbs just may boost your body’s fat burning abilities. Celebrity trainer Bob Harper has started a new Super Carbs Diet that encourages eating certain types of carbs to support weight loss. It’s all about finding what works for you.