Low Carb Dieting – Does it Work?
You have all heard of it and I’m sure many of you have tried it or are currently trying it. Low carb dieting is when you eat little to no carbs to help lose weight and speed up the process of losing body fat. But does it work?
First things First with Low Carb Dieting
Yes, it work but with a cost. First off, the negative side effects of low carb dieting is that you might feel tired and weak. It’s also known to give you bad breath! It can even affect your cognitive skills and make you feel foggy, dizzy and light headed. Does that happen to everyone? No. I know a lot of people who function fine off a low carb diet. The only way to find out is to try it.
So How Does Low Carb Dieting Work?
When you lower your carbohydrate intake you will drop weight for 3 reasons.
- Every gram of carbs in your body holds one ounce of water weight. There for, when you eat less carbs, your body holds less water weight.
- Every time you eat carbs your body releases insulin. When your body releases insulin it increases storage of fat in fat cells and prevents them from being used as energy.
- When your body is low on carbs it releases acids called Ketones. Keytones are metabolized by the body when there is no more carbs to use up and the body then turn to fat as fuel.
How to do it and is it right for me?
First off, like I stated earlier, you wont know if low carb is right for you until you try it. I personally can’t do it for long. I will go low carb for a show or shoot but anything longer than 5-6 days for me and I really feel drained.
When you drop carbs low you have to increase your protein and fats in your diet to make up for the loss of calories. Start with 25-50g carbs in your first meal of the day and see how you feel after a few days. If you feel fine, try removing the carbs. Monitor your weight and waist measurements. You should see a fast drop in body fat. Below is a food pyramid of how your diet should look when going low carb.