If you are a lover of food, like I am, then keeping your eye on your weight may be something you need to consider. With all the different diets out there, many getting mixed reviews, it can be a little overwhelming trying to choose one to try out, much less find one that actually works well for you. Especially when this means sacrificing the foods that you love.
The Key To A Good Diet
Many people claim to have ‘the key’, but the truth is the answer is quite simple. Unless you are happy with yo-yoing in your weight, you need to find a balanced way of eating that you can maintain and enjoy. Otherwise you continue to find yourself struggling for a month or so on something you don’t enjoy, then undoing all your hard work in a matter of weeks. Not only can this be frustrating, it is also bad for your health.
So the key to losing weight and keeping it off is finding a balanced diet that is more of a lifestyle change rather than a quick fix diet.
Lowering Your Carb Intake Is Your Ticket To Your Success
There is a reason why the low carb diet has become popular worldwide as a means of shedding those unwanted pounds and keeping them off, and it is because it works!
Not only is it effective, it is still an enjoyable way of eating and this is what makes it a sustainable lifestyle change rather than a once off diet. This means that you can safely shed your extra weight (and keep it off), without feeling like you are struggling or sacrificing.
Why Are Carbs The Bad Guys?
The reason carbs are a hinderance in weight loss success is quite simple. When we ingest carbohydrates in our diet, our body then converts them into glucose to be used as energy. Any glucose that is not being used gets stored as glycogen in case you might need it later, and the way the body does this is by storing it as fat. The more you eat, the more fat you store.
Good Carbs Vs Bad Carbs
First of all let’s get one thing straight, the body does need carbohydrates to function at its optimal level. However there are essentially two types of carbohydrates that need to be considered. Simple carbs (these are the bad guys) and complex carbs. You need some complex carbs to develop a sustainable and healthy diet, however these can be found in whole plant products such as vegetables, legumes and beans.
Simple Carbs are basically any food produced from processed white flour, such as breads, pastas, cakes, pastries, also white rice and most cereals, and any products high in sugars, such as candy, soda, and even fruit juices.
Complex carbs are from whole food groups , such as vegetables, beans, legumes, brown rice and whole grain products.
Even though complex carbs are good for you, it is important to lower your intake of whole grain products in order for your diet to be successful.
Finding A Healthy Balance
Making sure you still get your required carbohydrates from the complex carb section means eating plenty of vegetables, as well as some beans and legumes. Minimising your intake on whole grain products and brown rice, will help you shed those unwanted kilos by reducing the amount of energy your body will need to burn off.
Balancing this with healthy high protein choices, such as lean meats, and soy products and low fat greek yogurt, will help you feel fuller for longer and curb those food cravings.
Get The Ball Rolling
Another interesting fact that makes this ‘lifestyle choice’ diet so successful is that after 3-7 days of avoiding low carb foods, your body stops craving them so intensely. Especially sugary foods. Studies have shown that a person who eats a chocolate bar at a particular time, will crave something sugary again at around the same time the following day!
Like all weight loss plans, yours should include an active lifestyle. Once you have lost those extra pounds, then maintaining your desired weight is all about balancing the calories you eat with how active you are. So if you want to have a little carb indulgence, then you just need to make sure you work extra hard to earn it!