Low Carb Diets: Should you do it?
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]When we think about eliminating or restricting something from our diet (low carb) we almost always think about eliminating carbs. Carbs are the enemy, carbs make us hungry all the time - all things we’re told about carbs. I talked about carbs and why carbs are integral in our diet and what they’re responsible for a bit ago. But today I want to talk about some of the pitfalls of a continuous low-carb diet.
First - there are times when a continuous low carb diet is beneficial and necessary, but for medical reasons, you need to speak to your medical practitioners before you embark on a long term low carb or no carb diet.
One of the biggest pitfalls to choosing a low carb diet when choosing to live a healthier lifestyle, is that it will affect your energy levels. Because your glycogen stores and micronutrient levels are lower, it can lead to fatigue, poor concentration, and all around mental funk. As time goes on, you will start to feel muscle weakness, and lose the energy you need to stay active.
Because of the loss of energy, you’re going to have a hard time doing the activities you need in order to build muscle and complete workouts necessary for long term fat burn. Which doesn’t make a lot of sense when you’re looking to make big changes.
A lot of those who have had success with a low carb diet, have done so mostly because they have been eating less food overall, not just less carbs. By going low carb they are decreasing their caloric intake, and because they’re filling up on protein and fats they are feeling fuller longer. An effect of higher protein and fats, and lower carbs is a slow down of your metabolism. Which means that when a low carb diet is completed, you’re more likely to gain weight back and more because you’re system is a lot slower.
Part of the metabolism slow down can also be associated to the health of your gut. Let’s face it, everyone is talking about having a healthy gut these days, and it is so important! Carbs, in the form of simple and complex sugars, help feed the flora in our gut, which helps keeps us healthy, not just digestively but also our immune system too. Check out my blog on probiotics and a healthy gut here.
So instead of restricting carbs, eat healthier less sweet carbs.
Choosing better carbs is a much better choice than restricting carbs long term. Choose non sweet natural complex carbs, broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, sprouts, oatmeal asparagus, squash, grapefruit, bananas, black and green beans etc.
So overall, just be conscious of your carb sources but I wouldn’t recommend going low carb for an extended period of time.
And one last tip -- despite popular theories, focus on getting your carbs in during the later half of the day. Focus on lean proteins and healthy fats in the morning hours! This is just one of the things you will learn in my carb cycling bootcamp! Check out the details here!
Cheers to health friends! Jenny[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]