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If you’re looking around and seeing that everyone seems fitter than you, slimmer than you and it feels like they’re happier than you too then you’ve probably thought about a low-carb dietalready. The first thing people who are trying to lose weight do is cut carbohydrates out of their diets. But is that really effective? How does it work?
The Science behind it
To understand how it cutting carbs helps you lose fat, you have to understand what carbohydrates are. Carbohydrates are that component of food that the body first uses to supply energy to you. Different foods have different amounts of carbohydrates, some contain a high amount like potatoes and some contain low amounts like lettuce. There are complex carbohydrates like grains and simple carbohydrates like candy. The body uses all of these as fuel that keeps it running.
When you eat complex carbs, they are broken down into simple sugars and absorbed by the blood. The blood supplies this simple sugar or glucose to the different organs their cells and that’s how the body receives the energy to keep functioning. But the excess glucose is either stored in the liver and muscles for later use or converted into fat.
So it would follow that if you eat less carbohydrates then your body is pushed to use up the reserves of fat that have accumulated over time and you lose fat and weight as well. That’s the theory behind low-carb weight loss plans. The real science behind it is very complex but this is it in everyday terms and it does work.
Warnings about extremes:
At this point it is necessary to give a warning about certain carbohydrate extremes.
The Role of exercise
Any diet plan, no matter how simple it is, has got to include exercise. What good is it if you are at your ideal weight but have very low muscle weight? You will still feel tired and miss out on all the serotonin exercise provides. Start small and try to get at least 30 minutes of rigorous exercise into every day. If you exercise regularly as you diet, the scales might not be the best indicator of weight lost. That’s because the exercise is causing you to build muscle and muscle weighs more than fat. So even if you lose a lot of fat, your weight on a weighing scale might not reflect that.
Now that you know how low carb diets work and what you need to be careful about while dieting, nothing can stop you from shedding the pounds one at a time.
Sydney is a successful nutritionist who lives in Illinois. As a nutritionist, she has provided weight loss coaching to many of her clients. She loves to share her experience and knowledge on benefits of healthy weight loss through her writings and is a great believer in structured weight loss plans.
In addition to being an accomplished nutritionist and a passionate writer, 40-year-old Sydney is a fabulous cook and plans to start a food blog soon.
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