Low Carb Diet - The Way To Weight Loss?Written by Josie Anderson
Everybody you know is on latest weight loss bandwagon: The Low Carb Diet. They’ve seen astounding results on scale and have lost 10+ pounds in a short period of time. So you want to join in on this also?
Before You Start Take Time to Look at How Body Works with Carbs:
It is true that weight that is lost starting out on low carb diet is a lot in a short period of time, but most of weight that is lost is water and carbs that are stored in your body. Carbohydrates are stored in muscles. Each gram of a carbohydrate that is stored in muscle is also stored with 3 grams of water. When you cut out carbohydrates your body uses stored carbohydrates in your muscles for fuel. As these carbs are used up water that is stored with them is taken out also, so result is weight loss at beginning of a low carb diet and some inches lost due to depletion of carbohydrate stores in your body. As carbs and water leave muscles muscles become depleted and loses volume.
Once carbs are added back into diet muscle take up these carbs along with water, so if carbs are reintroduced into diet in a couple days time initial weight that was lost will be regained.
Your brain requires carbs for energy also. The brain uses 400 calories a day just for standard thought process of staying alive. So this is 100 grams of carbs a day that is required for one body function. Any movement that you do for longer than 3 minutes requires carbs to be used for energy.
When carbs become scarce your body goes into a state of ketosis, that is process of body breaking down fat into ketones for brain to use as energy because not enough glucose is available for brain. The results of this can be loss in energy, fatigue, irritability and a slower thought process. Thus affecting your ability at work or school.
The perfect weight loss solution!Written by Lynda Lock
The main contributing factors to failure on a weight loss program are hunger and energy loss. The majority of foods today, even "good foods" such as fruit and vegetables, are nutritionally deficient due to over processing, chemical spraying, early harvesting and, in case of meats, use of antibiotics. As a result of these factors, average person would need to consume around 4000 calories worth of food to meet their daily nutritional requirements. For women recommended daily intake is around 1500 and for men around 2500 so it doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out what we'd all look like if we ate 4000 calories per day! It takes only one nutrient deficiency for body to attempt to satisfy that deficiency by increasing appetite, hence cravings and hunger that dieters face daily, not to mention lethargy and tiredness caused by lack of proper fuel. Couple this with a typical "diet plan" of restricting food intake (and therefore restricting nutrition in an already deficient diet) and it's not hard to see why 70% of people fail on a typical weight loss program. The body actually needs good nutrition to perform all of it's functions properly so without this, body malfunctions! Fat is not metabolized, toxins are not processed, good nutrients are not utilized properly and any of 70% of other ailments and illnesses caused by a bad diet could also rear their ugly head. So dieter is not only trying to cope with mental challenges of being on a "diet" but is also expecting body to perform properly and burn fat even though it is not being given right fuel in order to do so. It's no wonder weight loss can be so difficult!