Quick Facts About Low Carb Dieting

Chances are you’ve heard plenty of the low-carb diet success stories. A friend of a friend lost 25 pounds eating bacon! Well, losing weight is one thing — keeping it off is another! The best diets are more than a quick fix, they will help you learn how to eat right and maintain your weight loss long term.

One of the big fads of the last decade has been low-carb diets — with dieters flocking to eating plans such as Atkins and South Beach. But, the important question to ask is: “Is a low carb diet sustainable?Will eating low-carb help you lose weight and also keep it off?

The quick answer to this question is no. As with any successful diet, the idea is to transition from “dieting” into a lifestyle of healthy eating. Just as with any low calorie or low fat diet, the only way to sustain the amazing weight loss achieved on a low carb diet, is to continue eating low carb—albeit a modified version—once the excess weight is gone.

So, the long answer is yes, a low carb diet is sustainable.

Let’s explore this thought further by examining what happens to the body on a low carb diet.

When you stop ingesting carbs or significantly lower your carb intake, your body enters what is called ketosis. Ketosis is when your body is actually using fat for fuel instead of sugar. This state is the very reason why you have rapid weight loss on a low carb diet.

The other benefit to a low carb diet is the fact that the body isn’t losing muscle. Protein is essential for building and maintaining muscle tone and therefore so is exercise, which is why a low carb diet is best for burning fat and keeping muscle, as well as for long term sustainability.

As with any diet, it’s very important to not deprive yourself of essential nutrients like calcium, fiber and protein. Calcium is pretty easy to get on a low carb diet through cheese, cottage cheese and broccoli. Protein is also very easy to get from lean meats, eggs, cheese and some vegetables. Fiber is probably the most difficult nutrient to obtain from a low carb diet, but you can incorporate complex carbs with brown rice, oatmeal and beans and it is recommended to add a fiber supplement to your diet.

Once the excess weight is off and you’re ready to begin increasing your carb intake, it’s important to do so slowly. The day you hit your goal weight, you don’t want to run out for an ice cream cone. However, you can allow yourself some treats once in a while, but as with any diet, if you want to maintain your new weight, you must continue to eat healthy and exercise regularly.

Check out the resources below for help starting a low-carb diet.

More health articles about: NutritionTags: