It’s been in an increasing rate the population that have been diagnosed with obesity and overweight. Experts indicate that one of the reasons for this is that too much industrial food has been processed with flour or it contains lots of starch. In west-culture societies we have added too much flour to usual food, think about hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches or an ordinary meal that includes some pasta. Carbs are everywhere because we have created flour and it’s easy to use it with so many foods.
Sugar, either in its single unit of glucose or in a complex form such as starch activates the mechanism of the release of insulin to blood stream. With a low carb diet your sugar levels are going to drop, thus little insulin is needed, when this happens your body needs to burn your storage of fat and then you start losing some weight and at the same time it reduces the need of food because it activates a mechanism that tells your brain that you are satisfied.
Food to consume
Food to avoid
The problem were cabs, not lipids!
In some past time, professionals used to think that the biggest problem in modern society were lipids, that’s why they thought the problem was eating too much meat or diary as it contains too many fats. With the progress of health sciences, it was discovered that the problem was the excess of intake of carbs. We were not only eating more meat only, we were also eating more starch and sugar. That’s why we were getting more obese in general.
How much sugar do I need?
With the low carb diet, you need as much as 20 grams a day of carbs. It can be modified depending on your lifestyle, activities, body complexity, etc. A nice standard is 20 grams.
Are there any side effects of this diet?
The first thing that you’ll notice with this type of diet is headache. It’s common at the beginning when your body is not used to get energy from body fat.
How difficult is to apply this diet to my life?
It’s easy to use a low carb diet in comparison to other stricter diets such as vegan or paleo, and most of restaurants are low carb friendly. There are too many options of delicious foods you can eat without getting an excess of carbs.
Another great thing of modern society is the invention of sugar substitutes in order to make it sweeter and not increasing our glucose levels. They are not expensive and they are easy to find, you can prepare your coffee and tea without adding sugar, you can use these substitutes. There are places where you can even buy cupcakes made with substitutes.