If you are looking for that one ultimate diet plan, then you are definitely not alone. Just take a look online, there are hundreds if not thousands of diet plans, all touting that they are the best. Picking just one to follow is hard… and I mean VERY hard! If you are looking for a more natural diet plan then you may have considered using a low carb weight loss plan, but how effective are they? Do low carbohydrate diets work? Keep reading to find out.
First things first. There are two types of carbohydrates. You have simple carbs (which are the bad kind such as sugar, processed foods, and foods made with white flour). You also have complex carbs (which are the good kind such as whole grains, beans, nuts, etc.) better known as fiber.
If you are going to restrict any type of carb, it must primarily be simple carbs. This is because our bodies need complex carbs for a myriad of reasons… and your digestive health is just one of the biggest reasons. Most low carb diets want you to restrict ALL carbs.
Now, the one thing which you want to keep in mind, is that many low carb weight loss plans encourage you to eat more protein while decreasing your carbohydrate intake. This is not really a good thing because you could end up eating VERY high quantities of protein which could then lead to health issues if continued for a long period of time.
Also, going on a strict low carb diet is bound to come with several side-effects:
- Digestive problems (such as constipation).
- Lack of energy.
- STRONG sugar cravings.
- And more.
So just how are you supposed to know what to believe about low carb diet plans? Do low carbohydrate diets work or not?
Short answer: No.
Long answer: You must remember that you want to eat a healthy and varied diet. This includes eating foods from all the food groups. Fresh fruit, veggies, lean meat, low fat dairy and whole wheat grains. Eating in a sensible manner is what will allow you to reach your weight loss and fat loss goals… not going on an extremely restricted low carb weight loss plan.
Also, do you really want to totally restrict certain foods? Probably not for any length of time. You want to look for a diet plan that is sensible, balanced, easy to follow, and will fit into your lifestyle with ease.
Instead of looking for a drastic low carb weight loss diet, choose a plan that is healthy, COMPLETE, and one which includes your favorite foods (of course eaten in moderation). As far as carbohydrates are concerned, the key is to make sure that you are eating a moderate amount of complex carbs (fiber, etc.) and are decreasing bad carbs (foods high in sugar and processed foods) as much as possible.
Oh yeah, before I forget, there are a couple more things to know in regards to carbs: The best time to get simple carbs would be right after you exercise. This is to help your body distribute protein (which you should also have right after your workout) to your muscle tissue and speed up the recovery process. A good simple carb food after a workout would be a banana. And the worst time to have simple carbs is late at night. As far as good carbs are concerned, make sure you are drinking plenty of water (which is very necessary anyhow), since in order for good carbs (fiber) to process effectively, your body needs a good amount of water.