If you have ever tried to lose weight or get in shape than you know how hard dieting can be. Crash and fad diets can be difficult, expensive, and even dangerous. And, after everything, the results tend to last. Soon you find you have regained all the weight that you once lost and feel worse than ever. The reason is simple, dieting just doesn’t work. To truly lose weight, be more fit, and feel better you have to make certain lifestyle changes. And, one of the best lifestyle changes you can make for an overall increase in personal health and well-being is to start eating low-carbohydrate.
Unfortunately, in the Western world, we eat huge amounts of carbs on a daily basis. Staples of our diets like bread, cereal, rice, and pasta are loaded with carbs and this can have some nasty side-effects on our bodies. In fact, weight gain is just the tip of the iceberg. A diet high in carbohydrates can lead to increased blood sugar levels which play a part in diseases like type-II diabetes, cardiovascular disease, dementia, and even some cancers.
The Government got the Food Pyramid Wrong
This all sounds crazy though, right? I mean, high-carb foods are the base level of the food pyramid we were all taught as far back as elementary school. Well, that’s the problem. The food pyramid we all grew up with is based on outdated ideas and beliefs about nutrition. Ideas and beliefs that are doing real harm.
As it turns out when we look at other cultures who have limited access to carbs as a part of their diet we see almost no cases of diabetes pop up and far fewer cardiovascular problems. So, what are those cultures doing right that we could learn from? How do you maintain a healthy low-carb lifestyle?
How Many Carbs and What Can I Eat?
To figure that out first we need to determine what low-carb actually means. Everyone is different and every body type requires a different amount of carbs. But, as a general rule most people living low-carb should only consume between 25-150g of carbohydrates per day. While 150g per day may still seem quite large, it’s a far cry from what the average person is eating on most days.
So, if we can’t stuff our faces with carbs what should we eat? Simple, you want to eat a lot of fresh, whole foods like meats, cheese, vegetables, eggs, and some of the nuts, like pecans are great.. The reason for this is pretty straight-forward, if you are not eating carbs all day you are going to want to satisfy your hunger with healthy fats.
Low Carb is Good – Fat is Good
Wait, fats? Aren’t we trying to lose weight here, aren’t fats going to make you, well fat? The short answer is no, fats get a pretty bad rap. They’re actually pretty good for you, especially when compared to carbs. Healthy fats from things like olive oil, avocado, cheese, and nuts are actually good for you and will help fill you up even without carbs.
The science is in and it shows that eating low-carb with a healthy dose of good fats thrown in is one of the best ways to live a healthier lifestyle. People that eat like this generally experience weight-loss, more energy, and lower blood-pressure. And, if that wasn’t enough living the low-carb lifestyle also results in an increase of HDL (H for Healthy cholesterol) and a decrease in LDL (L for Lethal cholesterol).
So there you have it. If you truly want to lose more weight and live healthier then crash diets aren’t what are going to get you there. You need to lower your daily intake of carbohydrates and start eating more whole foods. A complete lifestyle change may not be easy, but it is simple. Fewer carbohydrates will help you meet your weight loss and health and wellness goals like few other things can.