Low-Carb works! Turns out eating foods with fat, everything from avocados and nuts to dairy, doesn’t make us fat. But eating too many carbohydrates, particularly the heavily refined starches found in white bread and white pasta, does our collective waistlines or internal organs, no favours.
There are many reasons why you should try a low-carb instead of a low-fat diet such as;
Low-Carb Diets Lead to More Weight Loss
Carb restriction almost invariably leads to greater weight loss than diets that are reduced in fat. Sometimes the difference is small, while other times 2-3 times as much fat is lost.
When it has been tested, it is noted that a greater proportion of the fat lost came from the abdominal area in low-carb dieters.
This means that the deep visceral fat, highly associated with diabetes, heart disease and an unflattering appearance, is especially vulnerable to the fat burning effects of low carbohydrate diets. Low-carb eaters lose more weight compared to people on low-fat diets. Low-carb is particularly effective at reducing belly fat.
Hunger becomes a thing of the past
When you eat fewer carbs, this helps to stabilise blood sugar levels as insulin levels aren’t out of control. You see, when you eat a carb-rich diet you’re constantly spiking insulin levels after each meal, which lead to sugar ‘highs’ and then crashes.
When blood sugar dips, a few hours after a meal, you tend to crave more sugar/refined carbs. By stabilising blood sugar, cravings go away and you’re less preoccupied with food and more likely to reach for healthier choices.
Benefits for your heart
Low-carb intake have a beneficial impact on a whole host of heart disease risk factors. Specifically, they reduce triglycerides (a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease) and increase the concentrations of HDL (known as the “good” cholesterol).
Additionally, they lead to reduced blood sugar, insulin, and inflammation in the body; all of these things can be damaging to the heart. As well as this, another big advantage is weight loss, since heavier weights and obesity increase cardiovascular risk.
Our bodies need good fats
The body needs three macro-nutrients for energy: Carbohydrates, protein, and fat. A gram of fat packs more than twice the energy of a gram of the other two. When you don’t have any fat in your diet it’s like you don’t have fuel to burn calories.
The body requires energy to keep its metabolism properly functioning. What’s more, “old” fat stored in the around the belly, thighs, or can’t be burned efficiently without “new” fat to help the process. Dietary fat helps break down existing fat by activating fat-burning pathways through the liver.
Fat is one of the most crucial elements for hormonal balance. Healthy fat is the raw material that we need to produce and maintain proper hormone function.
Hormones are produced using certain fatty acids and cholesterol, so if we’re missing these nutrients, hormone problems arise simply because the body doesn’t have the nutrients it needs to make them.
Our body needs certain fats for rebuilding cells and stabilizing hormones. This is especially important for the female reproductive system.
Easy to stick to
It’s a myth that low-carb diets are harder to stick to than low-fat diets. In studies they found that people are more likely to finish the study period on a low-carb diet.