I wanted to start sharing with everyone my journey of being on a low carb diet. I started last year and when I started and while I was watching my macros I lost 35 pounds and my husband has lost 50 pounds and is still losing. I’m not doing as well because I’ve been having some sugar here and some carbs here. I need to get back into Ketosis, and if all of this is unfamiliar to you I’m going to spend the next few weeks walking you through all these key words. Let’s start with the basics of what a low carb diet is.
The Low Carb Diet
A low carb diet is closely targeted at weight loss but has additional health benefits for reducing both the risk and effects of conditions such as type two diabetes. Type two diabetes us strongly linked to being overweight. It has been proven that by limiting your consumption of carbohydrates your body will be reducing the impact of excess insulin in the body. This means that instead of storing extra carbs as fat in your body, it will use your that extra fat as fuel. This is a very quick way to start losing that weight.
Unless you exercise a lot, your body only needs a low calorie diet for its needs. Of the food you eat, all the extra calories consumed are stored as fat. It’s our body’s way of preparing for starvation, which in this day and age is very unlikely to happen.
In contrast protein and dietary fats are digested and released slowly, carbohydrate metabolic release is much faster. This means that our body has been trained to burn carbs before fat or protein. The simpler the sugars, or higher the glycemic index of the particular carb, the faster the release into the bloodstream occurs.
Blood sugar levels over what the body needs will be quickly dealt with by released insulin. Therefore, consuming foods high in carbohydrates, foods more than your body needs for immediate energy requirements will almost certainly be stored as fat.
Understanding this basic physiological process, combined with knowing how saturated with high-GI carbohydrate foods our modern western diet is, makes it easier to understand why obesity and lifestyle disease rates continually grow.
Here is the KEY:
Most carbohydrate foods contain far more ‘too-readily’ usable calories than our bodies need or can use, while often providing little in the way of nutrient value, that is, all they provide is mostly energy (calories).
This why a low carb diet is excellent for weight loss.