3 Reasons You Should Eat Low Carb
Low Carb- Just A Fad?
The concept of low carb has been documented as early as 1797, when Dr. John Rollo, a Scottish military surgeon, prescribed a low carb diet for soldiers with diabetes. Much earlier than that (roughly 5000 years back), Indian physician Susruta witnessed a disease “brought on by gluttonous overindulgence in rice, flour, and sugar,”. That disease was diabetes.
Diabetes, however prevalent, is just one consequence related to a diet that’s too high in carbs for your body to handle. There are many, many more, including:
•sleepiness and/or fatigue
•problems losing weight
•ravenous carb cravings
And that’s just a few. If you experience any of these, read on because I’m going to list 5 reasons you should try the low carb way of eating so you can feel better. There is one caveat, though. If you go low carb, you MUST replace those carbs with healthy fat.
1. Significantly Higher Energy Levels
Do you get sleepy, tired or groggy? Eating high carb foods like breads, pastries, rice and pastas, as well as fruit juice, pop and alcohol often magnify those symptoms. Replace those high carb foods with leafy greens, colorful veggies and cruciferous veggies (broccoli and cauliflower) and you’re good to go!
The fibre and nutrients in these foods help to nourish your body’s cells, and in my experience, your energy levels increase and stabilize. You’ll also want to eat a good amount of healthy fats along with those veggies. More on what that looks like later.
2. No Need To Snack
Along with an absence of cravings (just imagine how freeing it would be not to have cravings), you’ll find you won’t even need to snack between meals. That’s if you eat a properly balanced low carb, high fat meal. It might be more than what you’re used to eating, especially if you’re a snacker.
Think of it this way… the average snack is 100-250 calories, and for a lot of people with mad cravings, those snacks tend to be carb-heavy (think chocolate & chips). If you’re having 2-3 snacks per day, that’s up to 750 calories. Let’s instead split those 750 calories up among the 3 main meals.
This saves you time from having to plan and prepare snacks and it’s better for your digestive system (contrary to popular dogma, 5-6 small meals is not necessary for everyone).
3. Lose Body Fat
Losing weight is one of the top reasons people see me, and when they successfully follow my low-carb, high-fat protocol, fat loss happens on its own without the feeling of starvation and restriction. This is partly because every single cell in your body has fat in its membrane, and partly because you need fat to absorb certain vitamins that help to balance your hormones.
True, if you’re a bona fide sugar junkie, you might go through a week or so of transition where you’ll get cravings. This usually happens if you don’t plan ahead, and especially if there’s other stuff going on in your life. That’s where wellness coaching is super helpful, because you’ll have a non-judgmental ally who understands and can strategize ways for you to get back on track.
The difference between losing weight and losing body fat is super important in this case, because I find a lot of clients who have dieted in the past simply didn’t eat enough protein and fat, and lost muscle mass and water instead of burning body fat. Having the right kinds and amounts of food for your body’s needs is the key.
Which High Fat Foods Should I Eat?
Great question. Check out this infographic I made on healthy fats you should be eating.
Is Low Carb For Me?
You’ll only know if you give it a shot! And when I say that, I mean give it at least a month, ideally 6 weeks. If you’re falling off the wagon too early, e-mail me at email@example.com so we can schedule a complimentary health screening and figure it out together.
Are you in the Calgary area? I am hosting a workshop on June 28th called Easy Meal Prep For Fat Loss where you can learn more about how to make a low carb lifestyle work for you! This is a hands-on workshop, so bring your favorite knife and cutting board! Visit www.mealprepfatloss.eventbrite.ca to reserve your seat!