If I tell you, I have found a magic formula to live better, look better, feel better and stay healthy would you want to learn what it is?
Well, what I actually found is not magical in the strict sense- it has been in existence for more than a century. I’m talking about low carb living.
What then is low-carb dieting and are there any benefits to it? Firstly, think of this as more of a lifestyle than a diet. Low carb diets are basically diets that focus on cutting carbohydrates from a person’s diet. It aims to restrict carbohydrate count in food portions to fewer than 20% of caloric intake.
The fall in carbohydrate supply forces the body to seek alternate source of energy. This is because carbohydrates are the primary source of glucose in the body, other potential sources which the body turns to include the protein and fat.
Burning of fats by the body to produce energy leads to weight loss, which is a noticeable and welcome effect of the diet. There are other research backed benefits of adopting this form of nutrition:
You will Lose Weight
Most people, who embarked on the low-carb journey, did so out of the need to shed weight. Research studies have shown that people on the LCHF diet loss significant weight within the first 6 months of starting the diet.
This could be attributed to reduced level of insulin in the blood due to low carbohydrate. Insulin is a hormone which aid in fat digestion and storage in the body. However, it should be noted that the amount of weight loss may vary between individuals.
Reverse Type 2 Diabetes
There are many documented cases of patients reversing their type 2 diabetes using low-carb dieting. This is unsurprising because Type 2 diabetes is as a result of high sugar level in the blood, and ketogenic diets aims to eliminate sugar in the body and keeping you healthier.
Keeps Your Appetite and Hunger in Check
Low carbs are rich in protein and healthy fats, this keeps you full for longer period and eliminates craving for food. This singular ability makes it easier to maintain your diet.
Improves HDL Levels
Not all cholesterols are bad. Actually, we have the good one- High Density Lipoprotein (HDL). This is a lipoprotein that carries cholesterol from the body to the liver. Hence, it aids in fat regulation in the body.
A high count of this protein in the body indicates a low risk of heart disease. One way to increase the level of HDL in the body is to eat fat and low-carb diets.
Effective Treatment for Metabolic Syndrome
Metabolic syndrome is a collection of symptoms which include Insulin resistance, mid-section obesity, low HDL levels, etc. Fortunately, it has been shown that all symptoms improve significantly on a low-carb diet.
The health benefits of this lifestyle is immense, however before deciding to live the low-carb lifestyle you should seek the advice of your personal physician.