How will eating a low-carb diet help me?
Following a low carbohydrate diet can be beneficial to many people in many different ways.
While it’s safe to say that most people are initially drawn to this way of eating (WOE) predominantly for weight loss, they and many others find that other benefits follow.
Decreased cravings for unhealthy foods to improved cholesterol levels and a decrease of inflammation in the body are often found.
These can help to improve conditions such as arthritis, diabetes and Hashimotos Thyroiditis.
Why Reduce Carbohydrates?
Carbohydrates, whether they are in the form of simple sugars or complex carbs like you would find in wholegrains, are simply glucose molecules stuck together.
In fact, a complex carbohydrate called Amylopectiin found in sticky rice was the secret ingredient in the ultra-strong and durable mortar that was used in city walls, tombs and pagodas 1500 years ago in China!
When we consume any carbohydrate, it raises our blood sugars, this in turn triggers our body to release the hormone insulin to lower these blood sugars to a safe level.
Eating natural carbohydrates in small amounts is perfectly healthy and normal however, modern food processing techniques have encouraged us all to eat carbohydrates in a way that nature never intended.
We too often start the day with cereal or toast and fruit juice and end it with alcohol or hot chocolate.
In between, we consume pasta, cakes, soda and large amounts of hidden sugars in sauces and wholegrain health bars.
One of the main benefits of following a low carb diet is in the maintaining of blood glucose levels within normal ranges. This is important for preventing the symptoms associated with constant swings in blood glucose levels.
Insulin is the driver of hunger and is the main fat storing hormone. Suffice to say, if we continually eat foods that trigger high levels of blood glucose, our bodies then stimulated to release high levels of insulin.
We can continue to build upon that hunger and fat storage leading to obesity and other health issues.
Avoiding carbs usually results in weight loss, without hunger and has been used as an effective weight loss method for at least 150 years.
When we eat a low-carb diet, our insulin levels remain stable, our bodies become fat burners, not sugar burners.
Most people experience a drop in appetite, improved mood and stable blood sugars. For many people, this is enough to reach their goal weight.
10 Benefits of Following a Low Carb Diet
The following common results are just some of the many benefits of following a low carb diet:
- Reduction in Appetite and Cravings
- Kickstart your Weight Loss
- Quickly Reduces Belly Fat & Bloating
- Reduces Triglycerides
- Increased Levels of ‘Good’ HDL Cholesterol
- Reduced Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels
- May Lower Blood Pressure
- Effective Against Metabolic Syndrome
- Improved ‘Bad’ LDL Cholesterol Levels
- Improved Energy Levels
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