There are two main reasons people choose a Low Carb Diet over other options. One being health issues such as high blood pressure or diabetes. The other being the dramatic kick-start to weight loss that people experience when they start eating low carb.
Some people lose up to 15 pounds in the first two weeks. My personal experience was losing 8 pounds in the first 10 days. The weight loss varies for everyone individually of course, but most people experience a great kick-start and dramatic weight loss in the first month.
Unlike most diets or methods of losing weight, this “instant gratification” is very motivating – and really helps to keep you on track for continued weight loss and improving your overall health long-term. Before you start though, it pays to understand how it works…
HOW THE LOW CARB DIET WORKS
Carbs are often our primary fuel source. When you lower your carb intake, and start eating more high fiber vegetables and healthy fats (instead of high sugar/glucose carbs), your body will switch to burning fat (including body fat) as it’s primary fuel source instead of carbs.
People will argue that you need carbs for energy, but this is simply NOT TRUE. Eating carbs for energy is like drinking caffeine for energy. The carbs cause a fluctuation in blood sugar levels. It’s a cycle of ups and downs that give you a temporary surge, but it ultimately does more harm than good – causing strong cravings for more carbs to swing back. Your body and brain actually run much better on healthy fats.
A good balance of protein, healthy fats, fiber and carbs in the form of “above ground vegetables” will allow your body to burn it’s own fat and keep your energy levels more even. You end up having less cravings, feeling less hungry at (and between) meals, and losing weight in an easy and natural way.
When you first start eating Low Carb your body changes from burning carbs & sugar for energy, to burning fat for energy. During the first couple of weeks you’ll see dramatic weight loss as your body goes through this chemical change. It’s called ketosis, and interestingly… it also totally changes your taste buds and curbs your cravings! You’ll find that you no longer desire the foods you thought you couldn’t live without (such as bread, pasta and sugar). That’s a huge bonus!
GETTING STARTED ON A LOW CARB DIET
A low carb diet is very easy to start, and very easy to maintain. Most people choose it as a lifestyle change, or a WOE (way of eating), when they realize the health benefits and start seeing amazing results.
Personally I did not buy any programs or books or worry about any complicated details. I kept it simple from the beginning and just lowered my carb intake to less than 20 net carbs per day. It’s helpful to keep a food journal and make a note of everything you eat, and the net carb count. This will help you stay on track and know (for sure!) how many carbs you are consuming.
To help you get started, here are some helpful links & info so you’ll be fully prepared…
TIPS FOR SUCCESS ON A LOW CARB DIET
The low carb diet is also a high fat diet. Read Low Carb High Fat Diet Explained to understand exactly how it works. There’s a proven science behind it, which boils down to “Food Combining”.