Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A Quick Study Of The Theory Behind The Low Carb Diet

Our society has become overrun with fast food restaurants, microwave dinners, and unhealthy eating habits. It’s no wonder obesity and other health issues have become a scary reality for many people. All this bad news has us looking for the perfect diet to live a healthier lifestyle and lose that excess weight.

There is a ton of information surrounding any type of diet, but it seems the low carb diet has more than its fair share of confusion. When it comes right down to any diet program, we just want to know if it works. But, knowing HOW a diet works will help us decide if it's the right diet for our needs.

Why has there been so much hype behind the low carb diet? When we hear the term 'low carb diet' we may think 'Atkins' or 'South Beach.' But even low carb diets differ. Many of us have moved away from the old traditional low-fat, calorie-counting diets and embraced these newer low carb diets, and I might say with great weight loss success. But, will a low carb diet work long-term? And, is it truly healthy and safe? To answer these questions, we need more information. Let's take a look at a few basic theories of the low carb diet:

* Carbohydrates are a source of fuel, producing energy for our bodies to run on. When we reduce the amount of carbs we take in on a daily basis, it is believed that the body will start burning fat as that source of energy instead.

* We are required to eliminate 'bad carbs' from our diet when following a low carb diet. All foods with added sugars and empty calories are no longer permitted. It makes sense that we are going to lose some weight due to just these simple changes in our eating habits.

* Proteins and fats tend to make us feel fuller for a longer period of time. Thus, we should be able to avoid overeating and snacking between meals because we feel satisfied and do not crave more food.

* A low carb plan is easier to stick to than some other diets out there. A dieter is going to track carbs rather than fat intake and calories. Foods that are higher in fat and calories are often okay as long as the total carbs remain low. For this reason, we can still enjoy some of our favorite foods on this diet without feeling like we are cheating.

The low carb diet plan has been around for some years, and there has been much debate on whether or not the long term effects are good or bad. If you do any type of research, you will find success stories, but also concerns about heart and kidney problems, nutritional imbalance, and a multitude of other issues. Before beginning any diet, take the necessary steps to become familiar with all aspects of it. Consult your doctor and see if this plan fits your particular situation.

Remember to use common sense when dieting. This may seem so simple, but many people who have weight or health issues can get excited about finally finding the right diet. Then they go overboard and remove all necessary nutrients from their diet in hopes of losing weight. No matter how many debates, studies, or theories arise from research, the key is to know your own body and determine what is right for your own health and fitness. And, remember to consult your health care professional before beginning any diet program.

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