Low Carb Diet – Do They Work?
A low carb diet is a kind of diet designed to get your body burning the carbs that’s already inside it, rather than the carbs being put into it. Its main purpose is to force the body to use its stored fat as fuel rather than the carbs you are eating on a daily basis. While this sounds great, the big question is does that really work? The answer is both yes and no; here’s why!
Low Carb Diets Really Work! For a while…
When you first start using a low carb diet, the initial reaction is that you start eating less food. When you eat less food, your body uses both fat and protein stores in your body as fuel. While this will burn some of your fat very quickly, you will indeed notice that you lose weight extremely fast compared with normal diets. However, the initial weight loss is most protein, rather than fat. Your body will in fact use the proteins in your muscles before it uses your fat. This will cause your body to become smaller, but also weaker. The worst part is that because you are using a low carb diet you cannot work out regularly without risking nausea and fatigue issues. (Which you may get regardless) So, yes, low carb diets will successfully make you smaller in just a week or two; however, if you use this diet long term it can have detrimental effects on your muscular system, as well as your health in general.
If this is the Case, why do People still use Low Carb Diets Long-Term?
As a matter of fact, there are many different types of low carb diets. The one we were referring to in the previous section is the most common low carb diet. Long term low carb diets tend to work differently if they are to be successful. Instead of limiting the amount of food eaten, your diet is modified so that you are eating low carb foods that are high in protein. Someone who is avoiding carbs but still eating as much as they should be will often eat mainly vegetables five times a day! This way, even though they are technically eating less at a time, their body is still getting the proteins it needs in order to keep its muscular system intact. With this form of low carb diet, you can safely exercise and your body will burn mostly fat rather than protein. It will take a bit longer for any major results to be seen compared with the first type of low carb diet; however, if you use this version, you can stick with it for as long as you need to without any risk of harm to your body. It is strongly recommended that you never deprive your body of what it needs to survive; so if you really want to go on a low carb diet, make sure you are still providing your body with the nutrients and proteins it needs!