Cutting carbs from your diet could make you miserable and actually sabotage your weight-loss efforts. Yes, there are people making millions out of Low Carb Diet books and plans. But like many other misconception, carbs are not evil. All in moderation and we are good to eat just about everything.
The thing is, when you cut out carbs, you reduce insulin and your kidneys start shedding excess water. It is common for people to lose a lot of water weight in the first few days on a low carb diet. Don’t get this confused. Weight-loss will slow down after those first few weeks, but this is usually the time we start rethinking this ‘diet thing’ and give up.
The fact is some carbs can actually be used to help you lose weight, not water weight or muscle weight but FAT weight.
Carbs are nutrients that break down into glucose, the body’s primary source of energy. You need the carbs for brain function and if you are carb-depleted you could do more harm than good especially if you are an active person. Your body won’t have the fuel necessary to get through the kinds of workouts needed to burn fat and become slimmer.
Try to limit carbs from sugars that is added to foods and refined grains. They are essentially empty calories and our bodies break them down quickly hence us feeling full of energy for a brief time and rushing to the nearest burger counter in no time.
People often ask me what I cut out of my diet to lose weight and are surprised to learn that carbs is not one of them…in fact I haven’t cut out anything, just limit sugar and refined, processed products. It would be pretty difficult to cut out carbs completely, seeing that there’s carbs in my broccoli, apples…and frankly most of my fruits and veggies.
At the end of the day, we can have it all… in moderation. 😉