"Another low carbohydrate diet? Awesome!" Said no one ever. There is a reason why many dieters dread low carb diets; they are restrictive and simply put, unsatisfying. People are fairly rational creatures, but impatient, if we see something that appears to work, we stick with it, however if it takes too long then the method is generally questioned, at least in the world of health.
Low carb diets, while not necessarily practical for the long term, can be a useful start in your quest to shed pounds. If you follow a low carb diet, you will see weight loss relatively fast. Now, time for a dose of harsh reality that most low carb advocates will not share with you; a good majority of that weight loss will be water weight and mostly likely gained back once normal eating habits are resumed.
Now please pick up the pieces of the life I just shattered and listen up, the goal is fat loss, not weight loss, and it will come in time. The ketogenic diet, a low carb, moderate protein, and high fat diet is an avenue worth considering and has steadily been gaining popularity. When the body consumes carbohydrates, they are then converted into glucose, which is then used by your body for energy. If you have an excess of glucose that is not burned off, it turns to fat.
A ketogenic diet is one in which you enter a state of ketosis, where your glycogen levels are depleted, and at which point your body starts using fat for energy. The ketogenic diet is popular among many body builders due to its ability to preserve a high of amount of protein that’s used as a last resort, thereby minimizing muscle loss. Generally consuming less than 50g of carbs per day for roughly two to three days is enough to induce ketosis, ketogenic test strips can be bought at most local pharmacies to aid a dieter in determining where they stand.
A low carb diet can be the right first step for some, especially if an individual’s motivation rests on seeing fast results initially. There is nothing wrong with kick starting your program with a low carb diet, just remember to keep the pounds off permanently takes more than a diet, it requires a lifestyle change.