For the past 40 years just about everyone has proclaimed that carbs are good and fats are bad. Beware, they said, because fats were leading to high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease. The push for carbs just made the problem worse. Today, based on the recommendation of doctors, dieticians and even the US government, people are eating in a way that actually contributes to the prevalence of these diseases. But people will only be fooled so long, and the low carb revolution has been making a huge impact in people’s lives.
How It Works
Carbs, or carbohydrates, are one of the three macronutrients the body can use for energy. They can come from sugars, starches and fibers found in grains, fruits, vegetable and milk products. A low carb diet limits these sources of energy, and instead switches the body into a different mode that uses fat and protein to operate.
Because the body must have fat in order to survive, low fat diets are notorious for increasing hunger and cravings. The exact opposite occurs when you have a diet high in fat and protein, and low in carbs. The body becomes satiated quickly because you are finally giving it the fuel it needs in order to thrive.
A low carb diet plan is one of the simplest diets to follow. To remain on program, you must eat around 100 grams of carbohydrates every day. That is it. Some people will see results at 120 grams, others may need to be more strict about staying close to the 100 mark. Figure out what your body needs in order to release the excess weight and build a healthy lifestyle.
Your diet should consist of the following low carb foods:
- Nuts and seeds
- Coconut, olive and avocado oil
- Fruit (in moderation)
It is also wise to supplement your diet with
A Note About Protein
By their very nature, low carb diets can tend to be high in protein. Some people may advocate diets that consist mostly of lean protein with some vegetables and no fruit. This will not satisfy your body because it does not provide the fat or nutrients that it needs to survive. Aim instead for a diet rich in good, healthy fats, plenty of vegetables, and a moderate amount of fruit. This will ensure that you are not missing out on key nutrients while still inviting weight loss.
Once you eliminate unnecessary processed grains and sugars from your life, you will see just how quickly your body responds. GNC is happy to act as a resource for you during this time. Contact us to learn more.