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The Reason Why Low Carb Diets Work

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You’ve heard of so many types of diet. Some work. Others don’t. There’s one type of diet that people has been talking about for a while. It’s the low-carb diet. As the name goes, it’s the type of diet where you limit the amount of carbohydrates you eat. Carbohydrates include grains and starchy veggies. Low-carb diet, instead, advocates for consuming more of protein and fat.

There are different types of low-carb diets, but their purpose is mainly for weight loss. However, some types are geared to help people manage diabetes or fix their metabolism. Now it’s important to understand that you have to consult your doctor before you follow any kind of diet, especially if you have certain conditions, like diabetes or heart disease.

One of the most popular low-carb diets is the Atkins diet, which significantly cuts back your carb intake and forces your body to burn energy from fat. It’s a low-carb, high-fat, and high-protein diet that allows your body to keep muscle, burn fat, and keep insulin levels at bay.

According to proponents of Atkins diet, when your diet is high in carbohydrates, your blood sugar rises. The body reacts by pumping insulin into the system. Insulin helps bring glucose to the cells to make it usable. When that happens, glucose becomes the primary source of energy and fat burn slows down or stops. In the long run, this makes you burn less fat and makes you fat.

Low-carb diet has marked benefits. The obvious is, of course, weight loss, unless you eat too much protein and fat that your daily calorie consumption exceeds your requirement. But hardly anyone can consume that much protein and fat. Unlike carbs, protein and fat keep you fuller longer and don’t have the short-term, transient satiation feature that’s familiar in high-carb diets.

Numerous studies have been conducted to look into the real effects of low-carb diet and to compare it to other types of diets. Many studies have shown that diets low in carbohydrates have great benefits during the first year. The weight loss could be due to a combination of factors. People with restricted carb intake tend to eat less in general whether by natural mechanisms of the diet or by suggestion. You really can’t binge on meat and fat because these things tend to make you full for a much longer time.

Also, your body breaks down protein and fat much slower than it breaks down carbohydrates. With high-protein and high-fat diet, your body doesn’t go through periods of sugar spikes and slumps. You see with regular high-carb diet, your body immediately pumps insulin to regulate glucose, but there comes a point when insulin overdoes its work and leaves little free glucose in the body. That causes you to feel hungry again, and sometimes that happens an hour or two just after having a full meal. This faulty mechanism doesn’t happen with low-carb, high-protein, and high-fat diet.

Take note that you have to choose your protein and fat sources. Good sources include lean meat, fish, eggs, nuts, chicken, and green leafy vegetables. Animal fat is bad!

Why I’m Ditching Weight Watchers

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Trying to lose weight is nothing new for me. In fact, I have made several noble attempts at it in the past. Some of those have been colossal failures, some have been moderately successful and others were successful for a period until I gained the weight back. Weight Watchers is where I saw some decent success, so it might stand to reason that I would stick with them and give it a go on their program yet again.

But I am not going to do that. Not now and not in the future.

Why not, you ask?

Because Weight Watchers is a diet, not a change in lifestyle. And diets are designed to fail you since they are seen as something that this more temporary and not a permanent change in the way that you feed yourself and your family. As long as you are technically on a diet, then you feel like you can “cheat” on it and you never really develop quality habits that help you to actually keep that weight off for the long term.

So, instead of worrying about how many points a meal or a snack might be, I will instead be worrying about how healthy that food is and what it will (or won’t) do for my body. And yes, I will still indulge on things like chocolate, but I am going to try to make a change to healthier dark chocolate instead of the sugar-filled milk chocolate based candy bars and such that I have a long love affair with. That relationship is getting ready to end. Sure, I might have some milk chocolately goodness from time to time, but it will no longer be the mainstay or my go-to sweet treat.

I mean, why have a Snicker’s bar when I could eat a strawberry dipped in dark chocolate? It is the healthier option and it actually tastes better! I call that a win-win! I have also been experimenting with new-to-me veggies like turnips and such and making veggie chips in the oven. These will be my new salty snacks. And they just happen to be super tasty. Hooray for that!