A low carb diet limits carbohydrates such as grains, starchy vegetables, and fruit and promotes dietary protein and fat. There are many types of low carb diets and each one varies in the restrictions of how many carbohydrates you can consume.
In general, eating this way has many benefits especially in today’s mega-carbohydrate society! Carbohydrates can be found in just about every food on the market! There are some foods that actually have 0 carbs, but not many.
That being said, too many carbs have caused disease and sickness to skyrocket! Diabetes, Obesity, heart disease and cancer are a few health issues that have been increasing rapidly because of the amount of carbohydrate that people are consuming.
Eating a low carb diet is a healthy alternative to what most of society is used to eating. This kind of diet is generally used for weight loss, although it doesn’t have to be. There are many other benefits to eating lower carbohydrates such as:
- Lowering blood sugar levels
- Reducing the risk of heart disease
- Reducing the risk of certain cancers
- Reducing the risk of metabolic syndrome
- Increased and steadier energy levels
- Improved Triglycerides
- Lessened gastrointestinal symptoms such as heartburn
- Better mental concentration (less or no brain fog)
- Better mood and handling of emotions
- Lower blood insulin level
- Decreased blood pressure
And I’m sure there are many more benefits I didn’t list! Now I’m not saying not to eat any carbs at all. Our bodies do need carbohydrate in order to function properly. I’m just saying that a low carb diet is much healthier and has many more benefits than filling your body with all that sugar that’s available to all of us out there! Ironically, most diet foods tend to be packed with carbs! Check out the food labeling next time you go to the grocery store!
In our high paced society we have gone ahead and accepted the pre-packaged type foods for convenience. Boxed this and frozen that! We don’t make time to take care of our bodies and put the proper nutrients in them. This is why there are so many people with diabetes, obesity and heart disease!
The whole thinking behind the low carb diet is that insulin keeps the fat from breaking down in the body by allowing sugar to be used for energy. This can help you take off some weight and reduce factors for a number of health issues. It also helps you improve your over-all eating quality by paying attention to what you put in your body.