Is a Low Carb Diet Plan Right For You?
A low carb diet plan may be right for you if you love to eat meat and are tired of low-fat diets that don’t work. We’ve been told for years to stay away from red meat and fat is evil. Yet, Americans are now fatter than ever. Why?
The Problem With Carbohydrates
In the quest for ridding fat from our diets, we’ve been eating a lot more grains and products that are low/no-fat. The fat in these products is usually replaced by sugar or high-fructose corn syrup to make them taste good. All this adds up to a very high carbohydrate diet. The problem with carbs is that they spike your blood sugar level. This higher level can lead to fat storage and weight gain.
The Advantage of Protein
In more recent years, many studies have shown that a low carb diet plan is healthier and better for weight loss. Now, more and more nutritionists and doctors are recommending it.
For one reason, in a low-carb diet you eat more protein than carbs. Protein boosts the metabolism much more than carbohydrates. This increased metabolism helps the body burn more calories, even in your sleep.
Here are a few low carb diet programs you can try:
- The Paleo Diet
- The Slow Carb Diet
- The Atkins Diet Program
- Sugar Busters
- Wheat Belly
- Protein Power
How They Work…
Most plans restrict carbohydrates in the form of grains and sugars. This includes bread, rice, tortillas and all kinds of sweets. Some plans also restrict starchy vegetables like potatoes. Some allow fruit and some dairy products where others do not.
The Paleo Diet for instance, allows all the fruit you want (limited dried fruit) but absolutely no dairy (except for “open meals”). The Slow Carb Diet restricts all fruit and dairy except for one “cheat day” per week.
A low carb diet plan can be tricky for some families or ethnic groups. Asians for instance, are used to eating rice with every meal and Mexicans usually eat tortillas with a meal. And then there’s my mother who can’t have a meal without some bread to go with it.
It can take a lot of will-power to go against ethnic or family tradition and you may have to compromise in some situations. Fortunately, most diet plans include a cheat day or meals where you’re allowed to eat whatever you want.
All in all, I think a low carb diet plan is a great way to lose weight and it’s usually healthy. It’s the type of diet that I’ve used in the last few years with good success.