Nutrients, as most of you probably know, can be divided into three main groups – carbohydrates, proteins and fats. They’re all important for your good health, but each is needed in different amounts by your body for its proper function. The most important thing about any diet is the fine balance between those three elements – the specific foods included aren’t really relevant, and this is what most people fail to realize.
Carbohydrates have long been theorized to contribute to weight gain a great deal – the theory is that they promote the production of insulin in the body by raising your blood sugar levels. As a result, your body stops burning excess fat (due to some reactions that occur in it), and weight loss becomes much less effective. To prevent this, you need to balance your diet in a way that cuts down on the amount of carbs you take in, and concentrate on eating more fats and especially proteins.
Common sources of carbs are breads, rice, and some fruits and vegetables. Of course, that’s not to say those foods are bad, it’s just that they should be eaten in moderation, and your diet should consist primarily of other types of foods. To be more specific, look at things like eggs, fish, meat, and dairy products. Those are all foods that are especially rich in proteins, making them both very healthy and nutritious.
In terms of vegetables, look for the non-starchy ones – they usually contain much less carbs than the other kinds, and are thus safer and healthier to use. Don’t completely stop them though, you should still get your supply of good, starchy veggies with your everyday meals – just limit how much you eat of them.
A low-carb diet will benefit your weight loss in several ways. First, you’ll lose some weight from water itself – eating less carbs generally means your body will require less water to stay hydrated, and thus you’ll retain less water overall. You’ll also feel less hungry, as a low-carb diet has been known to curb hunger very effectively. It’s not known why exactly it works that way, but who cares when it does, right?
And the best part – you’ll lose weight much quicker than usual! A low-carb diet will boost your body’s natural weight burning processes, and give it the ability to cope with any fat build-ups and problems. And because you’ll be more energetic too, you’ll also be able to perform better when working out, completing the cycle of gratification, so to speak. A low-carb diet just puts your body in a state where its own actions benefit it further, creating a loop.
It doesn’t seem to work for absolutely everyone, though – some have reported worse results with a low-carb diet than a regular one. It really depends on your body’s specifics, but it never hurts to try at least for a while. If you’re not satisfied, you can always go back to your ordinary diet.