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Low to no Carb Diets: Will they Help Me Lose Weight?

Sep 8, 2008
Low to no carb diets are said to be even more effective than low fat diets in weight loss according to some studies. However, you must be cautious because these diets can have some very negative side effects.

If I cut carbs will I lose weight? First, you must understand that not all carbs are the same. They have all been banded together but some carbs are necessary for a healthy and fulfilled lifestyle. How can one differentiate between a good carb and a bad one? Well. lets go back to basics. Sugars, or simple carbohydrates, are one of the two basic types of carbohydrates. Next, the Starches, also referred to as complex carbohydrates.

The major difference between these carbohydrates is the time taken by your body to digest them. The simple carbohydrate is digested quickly where as the complex carbohydrate takes longer to be digested.

Many foods that contain simple carbohydrates, like pizza, chocolate and cakes also contain a lot of added sugar. Though contrary to popular belief you cannot get the same results eating apples, bananas, grapes, & raisins. They may not be complex carbs, but they are efficient in that they supply essential nutrients and vitamins.

While a low or no carb diet means that the absolute reduction in carbohydrate intake can benefit you by preventing your getting fat, keep in mind that you should maintain a carbohydrate intake of between 45 and 65% (with individual variance).

A Metabolic Disorder called 'Ketosis' occurs when your body over a period of time becomes malnourished of carbohydrates. If your body is too weak to handle a low-to-no carbohydrate diet, consequences such as constant fatigue, lack of energy and insomnia may result. Nevertheless, you can remedy the situation by eating foods high in carbohydrates, at which point you will gain back all the weight you lost.

Just picture this cycle as you read. You will need to compensate the weight loss with the low energy level. Your body cannot sustain extremely low carb diets on a long term basis, and if you continue to follow their strict regulations you will find your health negatively affected, eventually leaving you in poor health.

Then, will low to no carb diets help me lose weight? If the correct type of carbohydrates are reduced from your diet this will aid weight loss.
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