To ‘low carb’ or not?
That is the question…
Most people have heard of low carb diets, mainly due to celebrities and all the silly ‘lose 1 stone in a week’ articles that get plastered in almost every popular women’s magazine.
The biggest reason people go low carb is to lose weight, and they are usually in a hurry to lose that weight too.
How it works:
Most people claim to be ‘NO carb’ but don’t actually realize that there are TONS of foods that have carbs in them.
They usually don’t count fruit & veg as carbs which is just silly because that’s exactly what they are.
So the objective when going ‘low carb’ is to reduce the amount of carbohydrates you eat in order to lose weight.
Cutting back on sugar, bread, sweets, pasta, chocolate, rice, potatoes, fruit, pastries etc
Doesn’t sound very appealing, does it?
It works though…
Why it works:
I’m going to be brutally honest here which some people might not like, but I don’t really give a hoot.
The ONLY reason that you lose weight on a low carb diet is….
>>> because you are eating less calories <<<
Yup, it really is that simple.
It’s NOT because carbohydrates are evil and make you fat!
Think of it this way:
You have 1500 calories to eat in one day.K?
500 of them are from Protein, 500 are from Fats and 500 are from Carbs
Now let’s go ‘low carb’ and take away 500 of those carbs
You’re now left with 1000 calories for the day.
And just like that you’re consuming 500 less calories per day.
(Probably going to feel like shit too)
The ONLY reason low carb works is before you are essentially cutting out a whole food group with means you are consuming LESS CALORIES which results in weight loss.
Should you go low carb?:
If you really enjoy carbs and it would take a LOT of will power and determination, then probably not.
9 times out of 10 you’ll cave in to the temptation and end up binge eating a truck load of carbs because you’ve been denying yourself them so much.
However, if you don’t really eat that many carbs anyway and can eat a high protein/fat diet. Then I say, why the hell not.
If it helps you cut down on calories and you can sustain it, it’s a good idea, as long as it doesn’t affect your performance in the gym or bootcamp etc.
Low carb diets work because you are essentially creating a calories deficit by eating LESS calories than you normally would.
It would work the EXACT same if you done a ‘low fat’ or ‘low protein’ diet.
DON’T do it if you don’t have the will power to see it through because consistency is KEY when on a diet.
DO IT, if you can handle not eating carbs and are quite happy with a high protein/high fat diet.
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