Going on a Low Carb Diet?
Topic: Going on a Low Carb Diet?
April 19, 2019 / By Cairo Question:
I'm thinking of going on a low carb diet, limiting myself to 20 carbs per day.
Does it really work to go on a low carb diet, do you
really loose weight going on a low carb diet?
Best Answers: Going on a Low Carb Diet?
Alex | 7 days ago
Please don't buy into this!
Your body NEEDS carbs so by eliminating this from your diet you are eliminating something your body requires and is designed to consume.
Think about gasoline for a car: If a gasoline is missing a component that your car needs and is designed to use, sure the car will run but after a while it will not perform efficiently and there might even be some damage caused as a result of this.
Your body is no different.
Will you lose weight? Well, you very well may, but what will happen once you start eating carbs again after stopping for months? Remember: carbs that your body can't burn gets turned into fat and your body will have a tough time digesting carbs if you avoid them for long periods of time. This means weight gain.
That being said, I'd definitely recommend completely eliminating all white flour, white rice, white pasta etc. from your diet if you want to lose weight and switch to COMPLEX carbs such as fruits, veggies and whole-grains.
These will help you lose weight as well as promote healthy digestion (which could help with even more weight loss). Because your body works harder to digest them, you'll also naturally burn more calories!
Which brings us to the main point: What you need to do is restrict CALORIES.
I'm a 6ft tall male and I lost about 90lbs in 7-8 months by eating about 1300-1500 calories a day (mixture of complex carbs, protein and good fats). I weighed around 285lbs and got down to about 195lbs. Now I'm around 200 since I gained a few lbs of muscle.
I began by gradually lowering my calories to 1800, then 1600 etc. until I got to between 1300-1500. You don't want to make a drastic decrease instantly.
Weight loss is all about energy in and energy out; how many calories you consume and how much you burn.
Think of a water-balloon: If you fill a small amount of liquid into the balloon and empty it, then repeat, the balloon does not grow. If on the other hand you fill the balloon with liquid and do not empty it, well you know what I'm getting at.
Does it matter if you are filling the balloon with water, juice, or milk? As long as you burn more energy (i.e. calories) than you take-in, you'll lose weight
This of course does not suggest a daily diet of 800 calories of nothing but ding-dongs and twinkys! Certain foods make your body more efficient at operating and this is a huge factor in weight loss..
Also, you don't want to eat late at night. Stick to fruits and veggies, 100-200 calories max no more than 2hrs before bedtime. This way, your body won't have to work on digesting food but rather it will simply burn calories!
Finally, they KEY FACTOR to weight-loss is serious excercise. I cannot emphasize this enough. I eventually built myself up to doing 45-60 minutes on the elliptical non-stop 5-6 days per/week. When I started excercising I felt like I was going to die after 10 minutes and needed to stop! This also adds a psychological aspect to your plan that boosts you up because you feel great after a workout on top of the physical results. Again, I cannot over-emphasize the importance of excercise!
Let me show you what I mean:
Let's say my body naturally burns 2500 calories a day just in a normal state without any activity (this is known as Base Metabolic Rate).
I would consume 1500 calories per/day.
2500-1500 = 1000 calories defecit. It would take 3.5 days to lose 1lb.
Based on my weight, on the elliptical I would burn about 850-1100 calories per/workout. From this my calorie defecit pretty much doubled!
I'm in the best shape of my life, I feel great, I look like a totally different person and all the while I never really deprived myself because I'd set aside a cheat-day a week where I would eat a few hundred calories of junk food then work extra hard at the gym the next day.
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Originally Answered: I've been on a low-carb, almost no-carb diet for the past 6 days and I'm not seeing any changes.?
Low-carb diets usually equal high calories and high-fat. This is NOT good for you. It's about balance. For example--there are sugars in apples and oranges, but they have a small number of calories and are loaded with nutrients. Bananas also have carbs, but a small banana has only about 100 calories and is quite filling.
There are carbs you can avoid and I have been doing so: white bread, white pasta, and cereals that have corn or rice as a main ingredient.
You'd be amazed how well you can do eating multigrain bread and oatmeal, Cheerios, and fruit.
An emphasis in many low-carb diets is consumption of nuts. One serving...a measly ounce...will be about 180-200 calories. This is a tiny handful. So if you pass on the banana because of sugar, but eat a regular-sized handful of almonds, you're at about +300 calories.
Weight loss comes down to simple math: burn more than you eat and you'll lose weight!
Any diet where you rule out an entire food group or restrict it, will work for a while. The real question is, can you live with it? I like bread and crackers, for example, so there is no way that I can deal with a low carb diet. I also like to drink juices. So I have to do something else. I am choosing low fat. It is out of style but it works for me and I can really stick to it and that is the main thing...pick something that you can stick to and live with so that you aren't miserable and feeling guilty all of the time, and beating your head up against the wall because you can't stick to it. If you can live without carbs, do it. If you can't, don't.
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The several folks I know who went on really strict no carb diets- they had some bad intestinal problems as a result. Moderation is the key, and exercise- burn more calories than you intake and you will lose weight.
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You need to balance.
40%carbs, 30% protien and 30% fats
if you want to see results go on the zone
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if you re having trouble getting started make a small move such as starting an eating log or buying walking shoes you re three times more likely to follow through if you start with small gestures such as these
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eat four meals with chopsticks instead of a fork slowing down can help you consume about 25 fewer calories per meal
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Originally Answered: Low-Carb Diet and Low Carb Ice Cream?
It may be that even the idea of something sweet gets the insulin reaction going in your system even if you don't eat anything actually containing foods high on the glycemic index. When you eat something sweet, even if it is saccharin or splenda or stevia, your body still thinks it is sugar and reacts accordingly. The response may not be as long lasting or as large as actually eating sugar but, there is a reaction.
Everyone is different and if you are happy with how you feel and the amount of weight (mostly water right now) that is coming off then you should do as you like. If you are not happy or if you hit a plateau then I would drop all of the processed low carb things as well as anything with a sweet taste to get you going again.
It can be difficult but you do lose your cravings for sweets after awhile but I have found that the craving can return if you go back to eating many sweet-tasting things including berries. Summer berries and tomatoes are too good to resist though.
The problem with sweet tasting things also extends to diet sodas. They can really stall weight loss.
If you want to give yourself a rich reward, you might try some macadamia nuts. They are crunchy and rich and expensive enough to feel like a real treat.
In the absence of dietary carbohydrates, your body can still turn excess dietary protein into glucose.