Is it the truth or a myth that a low carbs diet leads to weight loss? Depending on who you talk to or which book you read, some say that completely eliminating carbohydrates from your diet will accelerate the weight loss process.
In my opinion (and that of many experts), this couldn’t be further from the truth. And not only is it false, it’s also very dangerous to eliminate all carbs from your diet. Sure, low carb diet plans may work but how low do you go?
Carbohydrates are an energy source. They assist in muscle strength; therefore they are a requirement for a healthy, strong and energetic body. Why on earth then would you want to eliminate them? They are the crazy lengths people will go to lose weight. Sure, you’ll definitely lose weight if you stop eating carbs. But you’ll also lose muscle and a whole heap of energy. In fact I’d be surprised if you could get through your day without carbs.
The reality is that carbs in moderation are essential. Protein should be a staple in the weight loss diet, and carbs a secondary source. It’s a fact that carbohydrates assist in the efficient use of fat, therefore it’s possible that eating carbs actually helps you to lose weight!
A low carbs diet is fine If you are sensible about it. Don’t completely eliminate carbohydrates. Instead, moderate your intake to include things like wholemeal bread, pasta, rice, cereal, beans and vegetables.
With that said, if you want to lose weight then you’ll have to keep your consumption of foods such as pasta to a minimum. Pasta twice per week is sufficient and wherever possible, go for the wholemeal version of pasta, bread and rice.
Some of the carbs that you can eat as much as you want include green vegetables and high fiber cereal. Keep in mind that your intake is going to greatly depend on your activity level. If you are moving around a lot, you will require more carbs for energy. If you are more sedentary then keep your carbs to around 150mg per day.
If done sensibly, a low carbs diet can lead to success. Just don’t eliminate carbohydrates completely!