Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Low Carbohydrate Diet

A low carbohydrate diet can go a long way to helping you lose weight and feel healthier. This article will give you a deeper understanding of how low-carb diets work, how they can help, and a few other useful pointers you should keep in mind before and while you are on this style of diet.

Carbohydrates are found mostly in foods such as bread and pasta. When your body performs a task, the carbohydrates you've consumed are fueling it. If, however, you consume more carbohydrates than the body utilizes, these are converted into fat and weight gain is the result. So taking on a low carbohydrate diet that removes the bread and pasta, replacing them with high-protein foods such as meat, soy products and green vegetables can lessen the amount of fat the body usually produces.

A low carbohydrate diet can be risky, as the body requires carbs in order to have energy. Reducing the levels of carbs in the body might have a negative impact on the health of a dieter, so always be careful before taking on a diet such as this. Remember that under no circumstances should you put your well being at risk in order to lose weight. The body has a need for at least a small amount of carbs every day, and you can do permanent damage to your body if you go crazy with a diet like this. The best thing to do would be to see a doctor before starting with your plan, as he or she will be able to advise you on the best course of action.

Remember that no matter how successful a low carbohydrate diet is for you, the time will come when you'll want to stop dieting and go back to eating foods that are higher in carbs. This will mean that there's a risk you'll be putting the weight you lost back on again, and losing all the fruits of your good work. The point is this: Taking on a diet, even one that works well, will not cure you for the rest of your life. Staying healthy requires a constant effort every day to resist eating too many unhealthy foods, and to keep you in shape.

One of the reasons low-carb diets have become so popular in recent years is that they allow you to eat foods that still might be high in fat and protein. The beginning of this low carbohydrate diet fad, with the Atkins diet, had celebrities claiming they could lose weight while still eating pork chops and hamburgers. To anyone thinking seriously about their health, this should set off alarm bells and warn them away from such a course of action. No miracle diet allows you to eat unhealthy foods and lose weight without having a hidden negative effect on the body. While you might lose weight in the short term, going in a dangerous course such as this can result in serious problems later in life, and may reduce life expectancy altogether.

Having said that, a low carbohydrate diet can be beneficial and is recommended by many health professionals to reduce weight gain and improve quality of life. If you check with your doctor and listen to the signals your body sends to you, this course of action could have you feeling fitter and happier than you have in a long time.


Post a Comment